A Small Gathering

It’s been a crazy week in the world of Shannon, which leaves me thinking mostly of small and intimate moments. Ones that are uncomplicated and leave you feeling simply loved and deeply cared for.

It reminds me of Jay and Kris, two loving and warm souls who I photographed not too long ago.

They share a business, they share a life and they are intensely invested in their community. They are present with people and want to share moments with strangers. I have always felt acknowledged when around them.

They got married on a quiet Saturday evening. She in a vintage blush dress, he in a suit and tie. Both with the biggest smiles on their faces.

We met in one of their favorite restaurants, about 25 people who were there simply to celebrate and enjoy. It was about connecting and being present with one another. I barely convinced them to step out and get some portraits of the two of them because all they wanted to do was drink and laugh and eat good food with the ones they care about the most.

Don’t get me wrong – I love a good big wedding. With the cake and the sparklers and the cute napkins and the thoughtful seating arrangement, but there are days when the world feels too big and the complexities of life feel too confusing. And it’s those days that I feel drawn to these intimate and connecting and grounding moments like Kris and Jay’s wedding.

To all that feel a little overwhelmed in their lives, remember to take a breath and connect with what makes you feel the most like you.