Last year, a couple of friends of mine Kat and Leigh got engaged, married, then pregnant in DIZZYING succession (but most importantly, in the CORRECT succession, nudge nudge, wink wink) - and bad bad me, I had every intention of blogging it all but YOU KNOW HOW THAT STORY GOES DOWN. Err. Procrastination won the epic battle?
I was looking through some photos whilst convalescing from crazy awful food poisoning, and found their engagement party shots. What I loved about their engagement party was that it was in their family home, with lots of family surrounding them, and was full of culturally significant traditions that included and celebrated both sides of the family. With 2 cultures coming together, it was a beautiful representation of how you can include everyone in your joy whilst remaining true to your families needs and traditions.
It was such an honour to be part of that night, and I particularly love this shot I got (by crawling in front of everyone to make sure I could be paparazzi effectively, coz I'm classy like that).
Leigh and Kat were both my dance students who have become very good friends, so I kinda know them VERY well, and let me tell you, this photo is perfectly how they present to the outside world. Both gorgeously attired, Kat telling some kind of story with her ever exuberant and delighted smile, because she knows we're listening attentively, and Leigh, ever quietly watching her with a twinkle in his eye, thinking, "that's my girl". (Sometimes he converts that to, "that's my girl?!", and NOT in the good way, but that's usually when Kat is telling us something QUESTIONABLE!). Uh huh. It's true.
Anyway. It's really gorgeous.
And Kat and Leigh are one of those couples that just HAVE THEIR STUFF TOGETHER, and who make each other happy and are so well suited, that you kind of just think of them as happy ever after people. And that's inspiring. And wonderful. And nice to think about.