“What is REAL?...It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real” – Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
BECCA and Floyd got married last weekend and it was hard for me to stay focused on photographing their wedding because tears kept welling up in my eyes. It started when the groomsmen arrived – eight tall young men looking particularly dapper in their dark suits and deep purple ties. These weren’t just any groomsmen — they were boys who practically grew up at my house, wrestling on the floor, eating their way through the pantry, creating all manner of fun and havoc from the time they were small until one by one, they finished college, got jobs and married.
It seems like only yesterday I was driving them to soccer practice and picking their band uniforms up off the floor… Did those messy, gangly little kids, turned awkward middle-schoolers, then active teenagers and busy college students really become this handsome group of successful young men? Yes, they did. And most of them married girls I had the fun of watching grow up, too.