Ahhh, Chris and Lisa’s wedding. It was picture-perfect. Char and I had such a fun time photographing this wedding. However, for all it’s implicit beauty and ease, I still have one beef:
When the guys were getting ready, I suddenly remembered to ask about flowers (a very rare occurrence, but Char had written down for me to ask on my shot checklist), “Chris are there boutonnieres to pin on?”
Chris’ eyes got wide for a second and he glanced uncertainly at his best friends,”Uh… no? No. No, flowers.”
So we get a-shootin’, and it’s not until Lisa appears (radiant, fit and stunning) that we find out that in fact there were, in fact, flowers for the boys. I remember Chris and I looking defeated as both Char and Lisa exclaimed in frustration, “REALLY?!?”
I mumbled some kind of pathetic defense,”Well, I asked Chris if there were…”
And he stammered an interjection, “Hey, I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff…”
And he stopped. All the men stood frozen in shock, disbelief coursing through our very being over what we’d just heard: Chris had revealed one of the Great Dark Secrets of Being a Dude. A secret so damning that Guy-dom has a couple years of recovery ahead of it now. Chris had inadvertently revealed the truth about something no guy wants to admit and all the women suspect:
Guys don’t ever, EVER care about the details. We are big picture types: wedding date, tux, whipped cream for the honeymoon suite. You know, the essentials.
What makes this secret so damning is the fact that not only do we know this, and we also know that it means we need detailed oriented women in our lives to handle all of this for us. That’s why single men have moms and married men have wives. For the day-to-day management of details. And this whole system only works if women think we’re at least trying to pay attention. Once they get wind that we’re not even listening to the details and that we’re totally dependent on them, we’re screwed, boys, screwed. And thanks to Chris, women are now a whole lot closer to that revelation. Dark days, dark days…
Just kidding, Chris. You and your wife are incredible, photogenic and fun. Thank you both for choosing us be part of your day. It was perfect.