I like Brianne and Nick. They have wonderful qualities. Most notably, patience. Lots of patience. Why? Well, let’s just say that their illustrious photographer might have had a massive brain-fart at their engagement session and even though Nick clearly introduced himself as “Nick”, and their wedding contract says “Nick”, my brain heard “Joe”.
And I used “Joe”. A lot. And apparently Nick is chill like Bambi’s Flower (“He can call me a flower if he wants to”) because he and Brianne didn’t say a word to correct me for nearly 10 minutes of me calling him “Joe”. Finally, Brianne said softly, “Ummm… why are you calling him ‘Joe’?”
And it ruined me. By that point, he was Joe. And no matter what I did, or how much I thought about it, I could not stop calling him “Joe”. I was mortified. I have never had something so “locked-in” in my entire life. To me from that day on, he is “Joe”. It’s as if that thought was literally soldered into my brain.
Thankfully, although the inadvertent “Joe’s” would continue, Nick decided to view it as a little inside joke, which it became. This was especially fortuiotous because on their wedding day, even though I had been practicing “his name is NICK” in my head for months like a mantra, IT STILL CAME OUT ONCE (that I noticed)!!! Shoot me in the head. End me. I am losing my mind. Nick just laughed.
Their other amazing quality is love and sacrifice. They were amazing together, and Brianne just beamed around Nick. Their love was nearly palpable, and very obvious. And then there is sacrafice: you see, Nick is in the military, and I got this frantic e-mail about 2 weeks before their wedding photos were scheduled to be finished. It was heartbreaking: they found out Nick was being deployed earlier than they thought. If I couldn’t get their photos done early, then Nick would be gone and Brianne would have to see them for the first time without her new husband. But it all worked out, and thanks to the gracious understanding of the couples ahead of their wedding, I was able to get it done in time for Nick and Brianne to see their photos together.
Thank you Brianne and Nick for choosing us for your wedding photographers. Your love for each other and sacrifice for your country is inspiring.
… and thank you for not killing me, Joe. (Awww, crap…)