If at first the Ellie Goulding song popped into your head when you saw the title… don’t worry. I, too, have been humming it all morning. Once I decided to share this blog, I knew it was the perfect caption for it.
I’ve been photographing weddings for six years and I learned this weekend that I have been extremely fortunate. Avoiding life’s obstacles is a combination of experience, being prepared, and communicating Plan B.
Then again, I can’t deny luck or in this case… fate.
On Saturday I was getting ready to leave for wedding two of the weekend. We had the car packed and ready to go, and I decided to fill the food for my dogs before heading out. As I started up the steps, I fell short on our wooden stairs and stubbed my toe. Pain spread through my foot and the food from the bowl flew into the air like confetti. I sat down immediately crying in pain, sure that I had broken it.
But, I hadn’t.
The feeling of looking down at your foot and seeing that something isn’t where it is supposed to be is surreal. I was so wedding focused and in an instant, I was staring down at my throbbing toe which had been disconnected from the nail. Jessica, my second shooter, was at my home and rushed to the fridge for ice. My husband ran to our medical supplies, while Jessica called her brother who works as a medic. I sat in shock, trying to comprehend what was happening, and knowing we needed to leave.
Inevitably I had to call my bride and explain that I would be delayed. My husband and Jessica taped the nail back down and bandaged it up as best they could. I wore a pair of flip flops through the day while taking pain relief and drinking lots of fluids. I was lucky to have both Jessica and Amber as assistants that day, and the pair really came through for me and our couple. They made sure I was ok while also ensuring that we gave the best images to Kristin and Marc who were equally as sweet about my pre-wedding injury.
Yesterday, I got up and went straight to the doctor. He took great care of everything and I returned home to spend the rainy day off of my feet. I can’t lie and say that it was easy or enjoyable, but it was very humbling and eye-opening. I learned a lot in this crisis situation and I am so so grateful for the amazing people in my life who lift me up when I am literally a toe down!
Whether you have said it or not, you have likely thought it in regards to overhearing someone’s tragic circumstances. On wedding day there isn’t a huge amount of space for error, tardiness, change, or chance. People spend months planning to be sure every detail has been thought of. We all know that weddings can be chaos even when organized to the max. How can we be prepared for the unthinkable?
You got this.
BTS Phone Photography | Jessica Hunt
Ribbon | Honey Silks Co.
Calligraphy | Amy Cameron
Venue | Overhills Mansion
Health Care | Patient First