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BAB contributor Peach wrote a really raw post last week about not loving … or even really liking her wedding photos. This week, she gets over it, but it’s a little bit of a process. For very real reasons.
So why the freaking out? Two reasons.
First, there are just so damn many pictures of me. Not odd in the big picture (pun intended). But for someone who would much rather be the observer than the spectacle, the amount of All Up In My Business is downright bizarre and mildly upsetting.
Or maybe it’s the fact that the Great American Wedding Factory shoves nothing but perfectly posed, styled, airbrushed and photoshopped images of bridal perfection into every social media outlet possible. Months later, I’m still weeding out the Twitter/Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram overload of All Things Bridal from my feeds. And I certainly know I’m not alone in feeling that we brides are expected to live up to a Schmyle Me Shpretty stereotype that is virtually impossible. That is, unless you’re a twiggy, well-financed heiress with connections to the most expensive venues, florists, caterers and oh, yeah — access to a group of friends who haven’t eaten in the last 10 years, all who happen to be the same height and can each afford $500.00 dresses. Bottom line: To be expected to live up to this standard isn’t just daunting, it’s CRUSHING.
All that said, believe me when I say there is not a single thing I would want to change about how our day went, or how it looks in our photos. My husband and I stuck with our wedding vision throughout the whole process and our simple, elegant garden wedding was perfect. Which just proves the point that you don’t need to have a damn rare succulent-filled peonies bouquet or tulle-strewn, twinkly-lit vineyards for it to be deemed a gorgeous wedding.
And I have no doubt that upon a further review (perhaps with a giant glass of vino) I know I will find that there are more than enough of photos of myself that are pleasing to my critical eye. They will be lovingly shared with family and friends who will treasure the memories, not for whether or not my dress is pinching my armpit fat, but for the love that we all felt that day. As for me, this moment of freaked-out-ed-ness will pass. Perhaps with many years and a few kids in between that day and this one, I’ll even look at the picture album I’ve yet to create and say … “damn, what was WRONG with me. I look smokin’!”
Therefore, to the voices in my head that night, this recent bride would like to say “shut the fuck up.” I looked hot. And our wedding was awesome.
Absolutely, positively love this. Credit: Lee Patterson Photography
That first blow with wedding photos can be really hard, and emotionally draining, especially after you’ve poured so much time, money and effort into orchestrating this celebration … it’s more than deflating. But with time, there is a really good chance that you’ll start to see beyond your own perceived flaws and realize what the day was all about: You, marrying the person you love most in front of the people you adore most. Everything beyond that is just extra, even the photos.