As a little girl I never dreamed of my wedding day. I didn’t even have a vision of what kind of wedding I wanted until I started planning my own. Even while planning our wedding I was laissez faire about the details– to the point of telling my florist my favorite flower was a carnation and handing over the payment. I had no grand vision for my flowers or invitations, but I did have a grand vision for my marriage. A vision of Sunday morning snuggles in bed and no more nightly goodbyes. For me, it was always the marriage I was really looking forward to. In retrospect, as much as I thought I knew what marriage was going to be like, I had no idea just how deep marriage bonds went or even what it exactly meant to be married. On our wedding day a seed was planted– a seed that has since flourished into an even deeper passion, reverence and appreciation for marriage.
While I was already a wedding photographer, it was my passion for my marriage that cultivated my business going forward and changed how I approached wedding days. No longer were the details my favorite, it was and now will forever be, the ceremony. It was this passion that I took with me into my branding conversation with Katie– of Ribbon and Ink— I explained how I wanted my brand to celebrate the joy of marriage and to attract couples who wanted a marriage more than a wedding. My focus was to eternalize the moment when two people stopped living their separate lives and joined each other, for better or worse.
My branding conversations with Katie made me realize I wanted to glorify marriage through more than just wedding photography. Realizing the root of why I photographed weddings, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into the idea of lifting up marriages. While I am honored to tell the beginnings of the marriage story; I also want to honor and support the rest of the marriage journey as well.
Having a better understanding of my passion led me to toy with the idea of a blog series. A series that celebrates all aspects of marriage. Being recently married I was scared to launch a series about marriage. I keeping telling myself “what does someone with only a year of marriage under her belt really have to contribute to the conversation”. So I tucked away the idea of my marriage series and happily captured beautiful wedding ceremonies.
During ceremonies I would truly take in the officiants words, connecting them to my own life and marriage. Greg and I would have deep discussions on the drive home building upon the officiants words and every time. The idea of support marriage through this blog kept creeping up. Finally, I have decided to take the leap. Despite only being married a short time, I still have experiences and wisdom to share. Ultimately marriage is an evolution and if I can show our evolution, maybe it can encourage another couple.
So, with that said, I am happy to announce the start of #MARRIAGEMONDAYS. A series that celebrates all stages of marriage. A series that will celebrate marriage in the joyful times, the times of heartache, and everything in-between. A time where I will share a piece of my heart and hopefully glorify marriage for you as well.
So join us each Monday and #celebratethejoyofmarriage with us!
Theresa Bridget is an Orange County, California photographer celebrating the joy of marriage via photography.