Sunday, May 28, 2006

Photo Sunday...

brings a quandry of old, new...what to do...

Memorial Day weekend, yet I'm not in that kind of mood...

Last Monday was my oldest's 2nd anniversary. Bill waited a long time, but when he found the one, she really was the one!






Laura is a joy; that wonderful person you meet once or twice in a lifetime who 5 minutes after you meet her you wish you'd known her forever! Though it hasn't been easy for them, trying to make ends meet while he works on his Masters and she on her degree, they delight in each other in every way.

Their wedding was a gorgeous ceremony, done on a shoestring with them paying for most of it themselves. I bought my Nikon to shoot it, and helped a bit here and there; in the end her parents helped some as well. They got the outdoor ceremony they wanted, at the place they wanted and though it turned out to be the one of the hottest days that year, it was wonderful!







I started with over 400 images and started learning Photoshop "the hard way", then found that what you see isn't always what you get from your printer; more than a bit like my Dad when he learned the color darkroom all those years ago while I was off floating in the Pacific. It took months, but I finally put together an album that even Dad would have been proud of; over 100 8x10's and almost 50 5x7's. As I look at these images today for the first time in a while, it's hard not to start tinkering with them again...







I don't remember much of the day; for me it was focus and shoot, focus and shoot. When I go back through the images now, though, each brings a smile. Hopefully a couple of generations from now, they will still evoke smiles and through those smiles I'll still be a part of things even then!







So I guess in a way this ends up being a "Memorial Day" post after all; for the skills I learned shooting weddings with Dad; for the grandparents that taught me the treasure of family and handing down memories; for the generations before and the ones to come.







May you each have a wonderful holiday! May your memories glow brightly with love!

alan

21 comments:

kath said...

what a lovely girl! what a handsome son!

What a beautiful day, in every way...
thank you for sharing!

sttropezbutler said...

Delightful Alan.

STB

Jen said...

Wonderful photos, what an amazing day!!

nancy =) said...

beautiful! all of it!!

thanks, alan =)

peace...

puhpaul said...

They make a beautiful couple. I hope they have years of happiness together.

paul

CrackerLilo said...

Awwwww....

So nice to see a loving family.

Heidi said...

Beautiful with a captial " B" :)

ian gordon said...

Just wanted to come over and say thanks for sharing the story on my blog. Have a peaceful Memorial weekend.

Ian g.

I n g e r said...

What a beautiful moment--what a wonderful time to remember it! (And hey, well done, Mr. Photo!)

Happy Memorial Day, Alan.

Inger

MB said...

Wonderful photos, Alan! Wonderful. They are lucky to have them, to have you.

TDharma said...

These are wonderful, Alan. It is grand that you feel such love for your daughter in law, every gal ought to have a father in law like you!

She is beautiful, inside and out. And so is your son. What a gift you gave them, commemorating the day.

No_Newz said...

Oodles of love in this post and photos! Congrats to them and you. :)
Happy Memorial Day!
Lois Lane

robin andrea said...

It's so nice to see their lovely wedding day. They are both radiant and beautiful.

*The student adviser in me can't help asking, so what is your son getting his masters in? And what is Laura studying?

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Lovely photos. You can see the happiness brimming in everyone in the pictures.

ConnieJane said...

Beautiful in every way.

boo said...

what bootiful pics, thanks for sharing alan :)

Patricia said...

what a beautiful family. you captured one of the most special days in a family's life and you did it creatively and with love. what a gift! thank you for sharing this with us.

cherish said...

A beautiful couple. Wishing them all the happiness in world. What a great dad and father in law you are for doing all that for them. I am sure they appreciated immensely! I really enjoyed the pictures thank you for sharing the pictures.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Mystical Me said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I dream of a wedding like that someday. I just have to find the right one!
I just wanted to stop by & say hi & let you know everything is going wonderful for me. I miss you & everyone here. Do take care sweetheart & always know your being thought of daily. Love, MM XOXO

Nancy said...

I am in awe...Beautiful Alan!

dragonflyfilly said...

ah, yes indeed, i agree with Kath, what a lovely girl...i love weddings, i wish i could go to a wedding at least once a month! -

Well, i hope they will be very happy together....they make an enchanting couple.
cheers,
pj