Empath Humor – Introvert At A Party

Truth…

I’m good at being social – My Geminian, former performing athlete self seems to have that mastered but…it doesn’t always jive with what I WANT to be doing.  I’d rather hang out with the cats most of the time.  Frustratingly, they tend to be as introverted as I am!

L O V E, Captured

It’s fair to say that I’ve seen a lot of wedding photography in the last few months – I’ve poured through hundreds upon hundreds of images, looking for inspirational compositions, colors, poses…you name it (thank you, Pinterest, the visual tool of the modern era!)

But my husband and I don’t much care for contrived… We want to have fun, and have the freedom be ourselves in all that we do – for wedding photography, maintaining an environment in which we could avoid affectation, unnatural manipulations, and overdone postures was incredibly important.  You don’t want to be conscious of being photographed, for one thing, never mind feeling like posed plastic.

We had the good fortune to work with Christian Oth Studio and I have to say, not only were the two key players I came down to PHENOMENAL, but so too were the assistant photographers, videographers and coordinators they chose.  Doubtless everyone on board is well above par – the plethora of imagery was quite spectacular on the site, and I’m not sure I had much hesitation when choosing a vendor.  

The blessing, though, was that each person on our crew was so incredibly well-suited – the laughter was contagious, and I found myself mindfully thankful – and loving – every minute of it. 

While I have to wait the regular grace period of two months or so (Merry Christmas!) for the rest of the lot…I was sent three “teaser images.”  I nearly fell over, (joyful) tears in my eye, when I saw what were more than just photos…  I feel like they not only captured what was physically before them, but the true love and joy of the moment(s). 

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

The stress of wedding planning is very real – it isn’t just the hundreds of files I’ve amassed (documents, spreadsheets, worksheets, contacts, images), nor the hundreds of e-mails.  The coordination, the attention to details (ALL of them), the scheduling… There is so much going on for only a few hours of celebration.  It sounds like planning would be fun, doesn’t it?!  Unfortunately, not much of it was… BUT…

When I saw – and felt – the joy from my family…and when I took one look at him (his energy I could feel across the room)…?  His smile nearly bowled me over.  Every ounce and minute spent desperately trying to design and arrange THE perfect event, cake, setting, flowers, music, photography, guest lists, timing…was worth a split second of his smile.

I have tears in my eyes as I write, feeling a sense of gratitude greater than what my heart can bear almost… To see the people you love at their most joyful and relaxed is a gift worth planning for a lifetime.

I’d not have changed a thing because…

Because it was perfect.

And Oth?  They captured the “perfect”…

And then some.

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

Pascal Memishian & Eric Brody

Christian Oth Studio, Andrew Kelly

My special thanks to Andrew Kelly, Anna Davis, Zachary Hilty, Reuban, Dexter, and Nina.

HalloweeBay

Way back when we had to actually go to the store to shop for Halloween decorations, costumes, and other holiday paraphernalia – in many ways, that’s part of the fun, though, right?  

eBay.com

eBay.com

Still, when I AM there in person, I generally want to buy (um…hoard) everything they have.  I suppose online that threat is potentially as dangerous – when all I have to do is click one, two, three, I still have to make sure I haven’t stocked up beyond what I need.  (Let’s be honest, chances are, with Halloween decor, I’ve already tipped the scale towards DON’T need.  But whatever!  For me, it isn’t about the party I’m having…I want this stuff for all year round!)

eBay.com

eBay.com

These days life is more hectic – everyone is “on” 24/7, and actually getting to the store might be tricky.  Even if you do, you may forget something while you’re there (that little part about “being on 24/7” has as much bearing on the brain – and memory! – as your physicality.  And your car’s.)

Yay for eBay for embracing the 31st so fully – I love that it isn’t only about “Christmas Shop”s anymore, but that the ghouls of the bunch (myself very much included) have equal opportunity. *insert pumpkin grinning here*  Thanks, online stores! I know it is more about making money for you but, oh, the convenience factor…and larger selection…for the rest of us! ❤  (I found myself giggling that I already own that full moon night light. 🙂 ) 

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eBay.com

 

It’s only about three weeks away, Samhain, so if you haven’t gotten your act – costumes, preparations, cat toys! – together, you can reach out to the all might internet to get cracking quickly!

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The “Numbers” At The MET Gala

I saw this Vogue article and basically gasped “oh my!”

My mother has always been huge into flowers, whether with her own arrangements, teaching classes, or running horticultural organizations, so I’ve been to my share of flower shows and events over the years.  Her best friend is also a phenomenally gifted flower designer and arranger so I have also had the fortune to observe behind the scenes in a way most folks can’t (save for those IN the industry!) 

I am planning my own wedding for this Autumn and flowers are one of those things that are not only delicate and perishable…but outrageously pricey – it isn’t a detail you leave to last minute for sure.  When I saw the “Met Gala By The Numbers” it was hard not to swoon – I can’t even IMAGINE the time and cost involved in such a large-scale, BEAUTIFULLY decorated event!  (Not to mention…the scent of flesh blooms must have been divine!)

Per Vogue:

  • 325 bottles of champagne
  • 70,000 square yards of carpet
  • 610 guests
  • 610 apples (one per person per dessert)
  • 65 tables
  • 250 people spent 200 hours setting up (50,000 hours total)
  • 500,000 roses in the Great Hall and Grand Staircase
  • 250,000 silk roses in the Great Hall and Grand Staircase
  • 300 table arrangements
  • 7 different types of flowers in the centerpiece arrangements
  • 2,500 miles that the flowers flew from Colombia
Met Gala 2016 Photographed by Taylor Jewell via Vogue.com

Met Gala 2016
Photographed by Taylor Jewell via Vogue.com

All I can say is…WOW!