A {Meta} Toast To Community

Ok, you are going to have to forgive me today (apologizing in advance), because I’m going to get a little meta and talk about the blog on the blog. Or, more to the point, I’m going to talk about the community that has built up around this blog and some of the cool things that have happened. You guys are awesome, lets chat about that:

  1. I wanted to give you a little update on the Local Squared Kate Harrison Photography contest. The winner of the contest, as picked out of a hat, is ISWEARTOGOD getting married on an actual historical boat in the San Francisco bay where her husband teaches boat building to at risk kids. What? What? You all continue to blow me out of the water with your amazing selves. I’m not getting married on a boat, and frankly I’m feeling a little annoyed about that right now. Humph. Anyway, She’s also in a difficult economic situation and collectively, you all helped her get free wedding photography by being great enough that you inspired Kate to do this giveaway. For that I am grateful.
  2. If you entered the Local Squared contest but didn’t win, Kate wants to give you a mini engagement session near her studio. Hooray! Go get it!
  3. Yesterdays wedding graduate Cate Subrosa wrote a little ode to you, oh reader of this site, that I thought you needed to see, “I know I am in very good company, not just amongst those very wise women you have asked to share their post-nuptial advice, but any time I drop by your site. You have created a community, not just of creative, thrifty brides, but of sane women. And that’s enough to keep even a woman who rarely thinks back to her own wedding coming back time and again.”
  4. This week I’ve been thrilled to discover Privilege, a new blog written by a 52 year old executive and mother. She’s smart-smart-smart and writes with the wind of irony, adventure, and a life well lived at her back. Plus she has Life Perspective, which is rare in the blog-o-sphere. She wrote a really interesting post about the indie wedding blog community that you should go read, but I’ll quote some of the pithy bits here: [A Practical Wedding’s] premise is that weddings ought to be first and foremost the creation and the reflection of the people getting married. Well, yeah. But that simple premise can be difficult to realize. Why? The minute that two people say to each other, “Maybe we will get married some day….,” someone somewhere senses the possibility of large sums of money. Planning a wedding can be like trying to take a romantic walk down a mountain path, only large billboards block the view on either side. Silicon Valley billboards too, the kinds that light up and blink, and change, and tell you the future is now … But tulle is a lovely narcotic. And the enduring pursuit of an aesthetic is the same instinct that drives artists. It endures. So I love weddings. And I love wedding blogs. And I hope the little fish of personal hope at the heart of most weddings keeps everyone going while the industry clashes and trumpets above. Now go read the rest.

Indeed. So cheers to you, oh reader. No, not “readers of this blog in general” but *you* the reader of this blog in particular. You keep the little fish of personal hope alive for me.

With that, I’m off to celebrate David’s birthday with a weekend out of town. Next week I will be back with some real weddings, and some long brewing discussion of the relationship between money and weddings.

Picture of smooches from Kate to you

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