Malachy & Angela’s wedding was a bright, colourful day filled with laughter, little people running around and lots of love. When sitting down to write a little post about this day, a few things came to mind. Family. That’s the first thought I had. It’s obvious that family is extremely important to Angela & Malachy. Family played a huge part in their special day, and none more so than their two little people; Abbeygale & Ethan. What little dotes 🙂 I could have easily photographed these two little people all day long, but there were so many other details to photograph. That is the other thought that springs to mind; Details. When I first met Malachy & Angela a number of months ago, I was struck by how they wanted their wedding day to reflect their personalities and style. There was talk of; purple cravats, cool cake toppers, details on wedding dresses and candles. They pulled all these ideas together to create a beautifully colourful affair.
The final thought that I had was; being real. I’ve not much more to say about this . . . I’m going to let the following reading do the talking. This was a reading from Malachy & Angela’s wedding day, and I have thought of it many times since.
“What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day… “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand… once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit