When Hollie and I spoke on the phone about her wedding and ideas for her engagement session the word ‘sailboat’ was mentioned and I don’t know that I really heard anything else Hollie had to say. I’m joking, mostly, but I tried to mask my excitement a little bit and then immediately after I got off the phone I went upstairs to tell my husband. I wouldn’t be surprised if I just said the word “SAILBOAT”, staring and waiting for the joy in my eyes to be understood. I had been very much looking forward to this session for months.
When I was 8 years old my best friend Stacy was going to go off to 4-H summer camp and her mom recommended that I go, too. It was Camp Mitchell, a campground located on an estuary with sailing, canoeing, seining, an electronics class, marine science, campfires, swimming, camp songs, and I loved every moment of it, but especially sailing. I went to the same camp every year until I was 14 (with exception of one year that we went to the mountains to Swannanoa), and the last year we got to go on a pretty long sailing excursion to the ocean. We were in little tiny Sunfish and my best friend Stacy and I definitely capsized the first year and you can imagine tiny eight year olds trying to upright a comparatively, to them, huge sailboat, but it was the most fun I can remember ever. The only things I really remember are that the BOOM will hit you and is thus aptly named, and that you better pull up that dagger board before you come ashore or the counselors will yell at you.
I’ve been doing a 365 day hand lettering project this year and also am in a children’s book bookclub via my favorite coffee shop, Church Street, and while I was reading The Wind in the Willows (by Kenneth Grahame), I came across a quote that I really loved, just a few days before this session: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” As I was lounging about at the beach after hanging out with Hollie and William on William’s family’s sailboat and generally being in love with life to the fullest, this quote felt so real and perfect. That’s one of the best non-wedding weekends I’ve had in ages. I am definitely so grateful to Hollie and William for giving me an excuse to go to the beach on Memorial Day Weekend, and as you can imagine, I’m tickled pink to be photographing their wedding in Mobile next summer! [I was also tickled pink by the sun the next day, as the ocean tricked me into swimming in it too long without reapplying sunscreen, but that’s another matter.]
Hollie and William’s session reminds me of comfortable love, the way it feels to spend a weekend at the beach or the lake just being by the water, watching boats, sunglasses and stripes and letting the wind flow through your hair, and threats of being tossed into the water (William made several such threats). I just adore Hollie’s outfits, and I also think there should be more engagement sessions that involve sunglasses and hammocks (and of course boats). Enough talking, enjoy the love!
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