How about this for a tale from the road? On June 22nd, my co-workers Alex & Willy got married on Lake Anna in Virginia and all of us at the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. were lucky enough to have an invite. Our little operation is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and if you look at a map, you will see that those two locations aren’t exactly close. The trip was nine hours by car (something I’m basically terrified of doing) and involved sharing a condo with a plethora of co-workers and friends, some of whom slept on couches and some of whom snore. Okay … maybe I’m the lone snorer.
In most situations, a co-worker’s wedding might mean politely declining the invitation, sending a nice gift from Crate and Barrel and calling it a day. I don’t know many people willing to travel more than a few minutes with their co-workers, much less nine hours. Add a shared sleeping arrangement to the equation and you would be hard pressed to find many takers. However, the Magbooth crew is different. I didn’t know what we were in for when we started the trek across the Commonwealth of Kentucky towards our very remote and watery destination in the heart of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but I knew it was going to be an adventure.
At this point I think it is important to note that I have worked weddings for the last five years of my life. I have attended wedding receptions as a photo booth attendant, chatted with the newly engaged about planning, timelines, DJs, and venues, and even assisted as a day-of coordinator. It goes without saying that I have seen at least a billion weddings, but nothing compares to that wedding weekend in Mineral, Virginia. Not only are Alex and Willy amazing individuals who I’m lucky to call friends as well as co-workers, but their friends are incredible and their families are something else altogether. I choke up just thinking about the tremendous amount of love I felt that entire weekend, and trust me there is plenty of photographic evidence that I was an emotional geyser for pretty much the entire weekend.
Throughout every moment of the weekend, from – the greeting party with brats and beers, to the crab picking rehearsal dinner (easily one of my favorite evenings this summer), and swimming in the lake with the groomsmen, to setting up the ceremony and reception site, and of course the big event itself, I felt nothing but an awesome sense of genuine, profound love and joy from each person I encountered. It was definitely an experience I will never forget. I thank not only Alex and Willy for allowing me to be a part of it, but also their parents for filling the weekend with warmth and hospitality. Lastly, I thank Team Magbooth for the opportunity to work, travel, and share crazy life experiences with some truly incredible folks.