It has been said that a picture can say a thousand words. Every time it is taken out of the box or turned into an album, a single snapshot can offer a lifetime of memories and stories to tell. In my family, photographic storytelling is so essential, that all of us own numerous cameras and have a simple point-and-shoot on us at all times. I have hundreds of photographs in my collection, but there is one beautiful shot in particular that provided me with an amazing personal experience. It teaches about true love, and represents a union that changed my life forever. Walking down the aisle on that special day is often times, one of the most memorable moments in life. In fact, I would venture to guess that it is one of the events where the most pictures are taken. At least that was the case at this particular wedding! The photograph was taken on December 8, 2006 on the wedding day of my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Eric, shortly after saying “I Do.” My aunt is in a beautiful champagne colored wedding gown and my uncle in a tux. His left arm is intertwined with her right and you can see a glimpse of her wedding ring. It is a beautiful representation of the love that was shared throughout the entire event, in which I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for the first time. When I was younger, I had been a flower girl in a couple of weddings, including my own mother’s. This wedding marked a special milestone that only at the age of thirteen I was grouped with everyone else as a bridesmaid. I know it is an honor to be a bridesmaid in any wedding, but this was a big deal to me. I am extremely close with my Aunt Maureen – as her niece, friend, and sometimes daughter. Being asked to stand witness to such a beautiful and exciting event made me feel loved, and proud, and nothing made me happier than to say yes to these two people being married. Elegant, beautiful, amazing, and graceful don’t even begin to describe Maureen on that day, nor any other...
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