Michelle and Oluseyi - Making the Best of It - Edmonton Wedding Photographer
May 13, 2020 | By: Pounamu Photography
A few months ago were so different. Can you believe it's ONLY been a few months? Can you believe that this is where we are? That this is how 2020 began?
It has been an absolutely wild journey of a year, and it's not even June yet.
Before I begin this somewhat, reflective, blog post, I really just want to mention that my clients are absolute rockstars. Every single one has handled every curveball thrown at them with grace, and such a positive attitude. While this pandemic has presented its own challenges for myself, I couldn't imagine postponing something that you had waited to do for so long, and planned so much for. The irony is that a good wedding is what most of us could probably use right now! We're social creatures, isolation is trying and difficult and surprisingly exhausting.
Michelle and Oluseyi were due to get married this spring. An April wedding that they have been planning since at least 2018, when I first photographed their family photos. Their family has grown slightly since then, but I know they have been patiently waiting but SO EXCITED to tie the knot.
I knew they were so disappointed the day they decided to postpone the big party, but they still wanted to go ahead and elope on their original date, in their backyard, with their closest friends and family, and even some neighbours watching with bottles of champagne on their porches.
Michelle didn't want to wear the dress just yet, she's going to save that for the the rescheduled party with all of her friends and family present, but her and Olu didn't want to wait a single day longer.
Michelle and Olu's closest friends and family were present, and many got to Zoom in and take part, because they set up a live stream for the entire event. Their daughter played an important role as the cutest smushiest face, and even their neighbours joined them on their back decks for a congratulations champagne toast.
The ceremony was beautiful. Filled with so much authenticity and joy and intimacy. Michelle and Oluseyi are the definition of happily ever after. They aren't just parents, or husband and wife, they're partners. They compliment each other so beautifully, the love they have for one another is an absolute joy to witness.
Everyone's version of their coming wedding may be completely different. I have clients that are doing exactly what Michelle and Olu did. I have clients that are eloping on the original day and postponing the party until later. I have clients that are completely swapping their big wedding for a full-on elopement, just the two of them, I have clients that will be getting ready together, and moving through their day as partners. I have clients that are postponing everything to next year. I even have clients that are scheduled for next summer that are offering to give up their dates to rescheduling brides.
Ultimately something that this pandemic has taught us about is the power of human connection. The divine need that we have for relationships and intimacy. And the importance of the people that you love. I know so many of us can't wait to hug our loved ones again. To dance again. To do congo lines and two steps again. To wrap our arms around each other and scream the lyrics to Friends in Low Places.
But my clients have been the most optimistic of all. They are using this period to really re-focus on the two of them. To value the connection that they are committing to. To pick dates that will forever be so meaningful to them.
I am honestly floored and humbled and just feel so lucky to be blessed with the clients I have been blessed with. Thank you all for your continued support, and I can't wait to capture every one of your special days, regardless of what it may look like.