Enjoy Weddings | A Wedding Photographer Turns Bride

"once upon a time in a faraway land, 
there was a tiny kingdom, peaceful, prosperous, 
and rich in romance and tradition."
disney's cinderella   

As we fell in love this summer, I was taken by aback by his ability to play.  On our first date we secretly (I timidly, he boisterously) raced through grass, climbed on window sills, and walked along the banisters of somebody else's house.  We had not asked to be there, and I was worried silly that we were going to be arrested and possibly burned at the stake for trespassing.  But my date was calling me to follow him, which intrigued me, so I did.

A few days later we took our Chipotle to a local playground.  As we ate inside a child-sized cubbyhole, with wood chips on the floor, and giant tires on the walls, we were bombarded with enemy fire. "KISSY KISSY! OOooOooo LOOOVE!" the attackers chanted.  Their weapons of choice were twigs and pebbles and fat, sticky fists to bang on the walls.  Oh, and their fat, sticky legs to run away when we made faces back at them.  Before long we found ourselves in a giant game of tag - unsure who was it, or what happened if one was tagged, or how to get untagged, or if there was a jail or a base or... even a goal!... to this game.  But we ran and sweated and horrified mothers that summer night, with squealing children provoking us.  

That was only the beginning of my rekindled (and very unexpected) affair with playing.  In my mind I imagined banter, flirting, a breakthrough long conversation (probably late at night), going to restaurants, traveling to nearby towns, maybe some picnics or hikes or nights in to watch TV.  As much as I love the Ikea scene from 500 Days of Summer, I guess I imagined moments like those as special, out-of-the-ordinary, the exception to the rule.  He took my very adult and formal and intellectual ideas about dating and rearranged those to be the exception.  Playing is my new lifestyle.  I've met my best friend, my favorite human and my play-mate.  Dancing, jumping, tackling, teasing, quoting, chasing, inventing recipes or rules for anything, laughing, imagining, dreaming, screaming while begging not to be tickled, adventuring and dilly-dallying is my life with him.   
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Our wedding is going to, I'm dreaming!, make that clear.  In the least cliche' way possible, we are finding ourselves very inspired by Cinderella.  She has a stunning blend of child and queen.  She weaves seamlessly in and out of talking to animals, singing songs about visiting a castle, crafting mini-mouse wardrobes and wandering palace halls, rocking in a shimmering gown, in the arms of a real (adult) prince under the moonlight.  The carefree and the goofy meet the extravagant and the rich.
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I find it less magical when ornate luxury is only enjoyed by stuffy, better-than-thou, adults who expect nothing less and would never be caught dead barefoot in the riverbanks, snacking on Doritos and limeade.  
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Ideally we would invite those cotton-bummed playground tots (self-named Fire Blaster, Esmerelda Snowflake and Captain Cricket) to our wedding, where they would hand every guest some mulch and chase them into the bushes.  Then in the bushes they'd find an unusual wardrobe or flying fairy! And they'd emerge from the bushes dressed in silk and diamonds wondering "What just happened?"
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i'm kristen



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I debated on whether or not to blog our "wedding inspiration."  I don't want to kill any surprises or disappoint anyone ;) but sometimes it's hard not to share when your heart is so full.  I hope you enjoyed getting a teeny sneak peek into what is inspiring our big day!

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  1. SO adorable. this is going to be amazing :D

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  2. I love the "play" and unbridled joy that is found in true love. :) And trust me, showing your wedding inspiration won't ruin the surprise or lessen the pleasure of the wedding day... it simply invites us to #enjoy the journey with you.
    looooove it!!
    ~Naomi Elle

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  3. I definitely enjoyed it. :D :D

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  4. I've never read anything like this before about playing...it's almost a lost art in our culture! but this is sooooo good, kristen. I think I'm going to go find someone to play with now :) xx.

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  5. Ahh... such a fun brilliant idea Kristen! And you definitely haven't spoiled the surprise, it's going to be so much more fun to see it all unfold!

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  6. Kendall4.4.12

    Some of these remind me of playing with you, Corinne, and Katie when we were young and careless :) especially the tent and stars (like your bedroom in the old house) and the girls playing dress-up! Can't wait to see how it all comes together :) <3

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  7. thanks guys! i'm really excited :D it should be so much fun. at the very least we're having a ball planning it!

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  9. so, you two are pretty much the best. sounds fabulous, wonderful, fun, and so YOU! i'm so excited to see it, kristen! :)

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  10. Your comments are quite useless to me, Anonymous (and until you care "to speak in love" to Caleb and I, in an open and unhidden manner, I will not be acknowledging your comments on here.) Your words are ungracious, unkind, unloving and un-Christlike, but I am not offended personally. You know nothing about me, my heart and my life (or my standards for purity?) I feel no need to defend or explain myself to you. I've been exceedingly welcoming and asked many times for you to e-mail me personally or at least leave contact info so we could talk. And you haven't. Which is fine. But you will be fully ignored :D

    However, I absolutely will not tolerate you speaking to my mother that way! I must delete your comments on post.

    As always, if you'd ever like to really talk, you know where to my find me!

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  11. things heating up!!! i'll be checking up on the blog comments more regularly from now on...

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  12. by the way, i too have problems with the way your mother raised you... mostly your messy room.

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  13. I love the idea of "play" - my husband definitely is more playful than I am, and we have so much fun together. :)

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  14. Anonymous5.4.12

    I'm just waiting for "anonymous" at anytime to rear their ugly comments...hahahahahahahah

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  15. I think you are such a fabulous gal :) And you have such an amazing way of making me feel as though I know you through your posts! You're love story has been such a blessing to me! Seeing how the Lord brought the two of you together is so amazing!! Can't wait for more posts!!! :)

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