The Big Fake Wedding was a bridal show literally above the Los Angeles skyline. It was organized by wedding vendors for future brides and grooms to experience a “fake” wedding ceremony and reception. Planners, wedding singers, and photographers were among the larger group of vendors in action at the event. It may have been a fake wedding, but the work that went into was real. I experienced that reality firsthand because I assisted my wife, who was the floral designer of this unique event.
Before you see the visual essay, here’s a couple of thoughts about marriage. Most people spend way more time preparing and educating themselves to have a career or pursue a hobby than they would preparing for a marriage relationship that is supposed to last a lifetime. Take the time to prepare beyond the wedding for a life-long marriage. If you are already in a marriage relationship and want it to be better, then take the initiative to invest into your relationship. Isn’t your relationship worth it?
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I sneaked in a little shot with my wife’s iPhone, but click on this link by Strictly Weddings to see this styled shoot in its full glory by a professional photographer. I love it when I get to see people doing and thriving in what they are passionate about, and this time I got a chance to see my wife, Shelley from Here Come The Blooms in action.
Shelley got the opportunity to do the flower design from Pam of Love.Anne.Joy | Design + Events , and Pam did an incredible and elegant job putting this together. Jeremy Chou Photography captured this gorgeous styled shoot with images that are timeless and beautiful.
I caught the last hours of this shoot. I saw people flow in their talents together, and I witnessed all of the pieces come together like an intricate puzzle. It’s truly a labor of love, which took a lot of labor, time, patience, coordination, and attention to all the details that turned this moment into a lovely-something that is now showcased by Strictly Weddings.
I didn’t get to meet everyone besides Vivian Tran Makeup (Beautiful work Vivian!) but to all the talented vendors and agents who made this possible, I was floored and inspired by watching people do what they love to do.
So the question is, “What is it that you love to do?” What is your labor of love?
My wife, Shelley started her floral design business a few months ago. She had always wanted to put her education and passion for design into action and landed on florals. Shelley recently got picked up by a network, and they provide a professional photoshoot for her online catalogue. Up to this point, it has been me with my iPhone 5 and VSCO app.
It’s time to quickly move forward with this. I’ll need to invest in lights and make a giant light box for all of my wife’s designs. As much as I love my iPhone 5, upgrading to a 6 or 6Plus will be a significant improvement. The other option would be to finally get a DSLR, but for now my budget is minimal. After discussing with my wedding photographer buddy, sounds like wisdom to get more bang for my buck by getting a new iPhone. That’s the plan and I’m sticking to it.
The Book of Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “… His mercies never stop. They are new every morning…” (New Century Version) I drive by this garden on the way to work most days of the week. I’ll walk through just to remind myself to keep trusting in God even as this world keeps getting darker. I shot this with the Hipstamatic app on iPhone 5. Loftus lens + Blackeys SuperGrain film. No flash.