Jen & Terry orchestrated a wedding in New Westminster with tremendous style, laughter and good folk.
They married in the splendor of the Columbia Theatre, just across the street from their home. We wandered through New Westminster to create their portraits, the place where they’d laid down their roots together. They prepared for the day separately but together in their home, stopped for a beer on the way to the ceremony (with the awesome Young, Hip & Married), and topped off the night with dancing and creme brulee. As with any gathering of good people, particularly when they have gathered to celebrate two good-hearted people such as Jen & Terry, the day left its echoes in the hearts of everyone who was present. For me, the day embraced what makes love wonderful- all love’s careful opposites and contradictions combined to create a sort of unassuming perfection. A day of celebration both grand and humble, calm and boisterous, creating something new in a place with history. Perhaps, it’s best reflected by a little bit of a poem read during the ceremony that I absolutely loved- Fisherman by Jon Sands from The New Clean (I’ve now ordered the book, thanks for the introduction!)
The couple at the corner table,
together like popsicle sticks in a freezer—
the ovvvvv from I love you suspended
in the air like a vibrating chandelier.
We, with our songs, with our slow dances,
our smiles — which on any other day
rotate like the swing on a jump rope —
we are the last to go, we are the last to go
we are last —