Spotless Minds: Summer & DanielJuly 19, 2010
There was an certain, unusual anticipation in the air. Like a brooding storm after a very long dry spell. A dry, parched ground desperate for just one single drop of rain. Even though it was over 100 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, it was still kind of like that. Desperate. One for the other. It has after all been a lifetime in the making. Summer and Daniel met in the 7th grade. At a time when boys will be boys and the girls will both love and loathe them for it. And they fell in love in a way that only adolescent kids can. Innocently, infatuated and grossly misinformed. Thankfully infatuation sometimes turns to admiration which turns to respect, which turns to a deep gratitude for the other. And even though they had their fair share of falling outs, Summer and Daniel eventually learned that love, like music is bound by a certain set of rules. A beautiful melody is created by the ability of one chord to harmoniously coincide with another chord. And though a few wrong notes may trip up the musician, the song will go on. And rarely do we remember the bad notes.
In this same manner, Summer made her way over the the old, dusty piano. She took a moment to gather her thoughts. Her friends and family had gathered from all over the country to be here. To hear this one song. She gently placed her hands on a mixture of black and ivory keys and after one final glance around the century old barn, she leaned in and begin to a play a melody so beautiful, so honest that it simply can not be described. Not even by me. Daniel picked up his guitar and joined her next to the piano and with just one small strum the two entirely different instruments, played by two entirely different people became one. The song was “peer pressure” by Jon Brion and was the theme song to their favorite movie (and mine), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The moment was genius. And unforgettable. And has ruined me. You see, it was in that moment that I realized that not every wedding is amazing. Of course from the business sense, a wedding photographer wants every client to believe that their day was special and unique and unforgettable. But I now know the truth. That not everyone who gets married should be married. And not everyone who is already married should stay that way. But these two, these two belong together. THIS was special. THIS was unique. THIS was unforgettable. The lump in my throat told me so.