Saturday, July 16, 2011

Last week was a very special one.  My dear friends Brian and Chris and I traveled to Montana to celebrate the wedding of another wonderful friend, Christina, to her beloved Tim.  We crunched the numbers and realized, to our own shock, that we've been friends for more than a decade.  And for people not yet three of those old, that's saying something.

This week was full of big conversations, big laughs, and big tears.  One of those weeks where you count your lucky stars.  But as Brian so aptly noted, it seems passive to call yourself lucky, as if you did nothing to earn or deserve it.  In the case of Christina and Tim, they are lucky because they are kind.  They are lucky because they are so loving to each other.

It is said that children don't learn they are loved by hearing the words "I love you".  They come to know its definition by seeing the faces in the room light up upon their arrival.  That immeasurable glint in a coveted eye that says "I see you.  I adore you.  You are my dearest love."

Christina and Tim have two of the brightest faces at any given moment, but made blindingly-so when they lay their eyes on one another.  It's a privilege to see, to be privy to that kind of shine.  They inspire others to lift their brows a little higher, to bend the corners of their mouth another centimeter, to display love and kindness with every glance.

And although this next bit should be filed tidily in an intimate place, it just needs to be recorded, for all the world to hear: As we drove north from Missoula to Glacier National Park where the celebration would take place, Christina got a pre-wedding message from her soon-to-be.  Tim listed a series of traits he adores in Christina: the usual (her beauty, her smile) to the weep-inducingly thoughtful.  At the end of his long list, he noted that she was complete.  She, on her own, days before she'd take his name or bear his ring or hold his hand in marriage, she - exactly as she was - was complete.

And with that, a car full of over-emotional kooks wept together.  And drove through the mountains to the most magical wedding that might ever have been.

(A mere preview of the thousands taken.  And I'm saving the colour for them.)


  1. oh, honey. I just got misty for everyone involved. every accolade I can muster wouldn't be enough. such love here.

  2. Awww! Great words, great photos - looks like a wonderful, happy time.

  3. Um...yeah, this post got me *right* where it hurts. *Blinking away nascent tears*

    This entry is steeped in sentimentality without seeming saccharine. Beautifully done.

    PS - I wasn't too swept up in its spirit to miss your kicky combo of jacket, shirt, and tie. Very nice!

  4. Such beauty and obviously such happiness!
    Fab post.

  5. Congratulations to the happy couple.
    And such a wonderful post.

  6. these are really great, jason. especially the boat shots. wow.

  7. Well done Jason! These images are truly inspirational.

  8. I think I have asked you before- but I forgot... what lens do you shoot with? Also could you do a post on your gear, and what works best for you?

  9. Hey Jason! I've been reading your blog for a few months now, and I find myself looking forward to your new posts. This was simply lovely. Cheers from the Philippines!


  10. the picture on the boat blew me away.
    they are all fantastic. Her smile...this is exactly what wedding pictures should be like. They are so natural in them.

  11. Don't you find it rather ridiculous that you're always cavorting about with such terrifically attractive people?! It's enough to make one jealous.

  12. Fantastic job, Hudson. My favourite is the bride's hand tucked behind the groom's suspenders. Perfect. And tell Chris I loooove his bowtie.

  13. Wow!!!
    I feel happy looking at these shots!
    Your work is lovely.

  14. Jason, you're a magician! this post is overwhelming - great photos and wonderful words

  15. BRAVO Jason! .... these are gorgeous! i love the black and white richness and have been looking forward to seeing your images since the wedding when i, too, was shooting the beauty and the joy and the l o v e ..... it's so much fun to see our different points of view shooting the same seconds in time ..... i've sent a part 1 CD up for the party next weekend and will follow it with the 180 images still to be tweeked and burned and dodged, etc .....

    your work is wondrous indeed, and your words are very touching .... it was a treat to meet you and the rest of christina's friends whom i've been hearing about forever ..... and i say again, bravo!!

  16. Hi Jason
    Love the shot where she has her hand under his suspender...
    That was 4 crazy days
    God Bless You

  17. What an amazing gift you've given to Christina and Tim. And, to us all. Thank you, Martha & Ken