Photo by Photo Ramit Productions
Wow, what a year we’ve had so far! I don’t know about you, but I was very much looking forward to the year 2020. It’s the year I turn(ed) 30 years old, and I’m a big fan of even numbers – I could just feel it from within that it was going to be a one-of-a-kind year. I won’t lie and get all Pollyanna on you. It has not been all rainbows and butterflies, but I do think it’s important to look at the half full glass whenever you can. There is something to be said for being forced to slow down and shift your priorities. It’s humbling and even gratifying in a weird kind of way.
I saw a quote recently that says, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” Choose love over hate, hope over fear and kindness over judgment.
I’ve had a few people that are very close to me decide to get a puppy during the quarantine, and I couldn’t be more on board with that decision. It makes me so happy to hear that animal shelters are having the highest adoption rates ever. My puppy, Carter, recently turned a year old, and I can say without a doubt that bringing him home was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The unconditional love of a dog is a valuable lesson for us all. Marriage – and relationships in general – are HARD (insert hand clap) WORK. But, what if we took that perspective of a dog? Not to say that our significant other should run all over us and do whatever they want, but that we should give them that unconditional love. Support them in their highs and lows and love them for their strengths AND their flaws.
If you’ve had to postpone your wedding, postpone (or skip) a bachelorette party or a bridal shower due to COVID-19…I am so sorry. No one can imagine what you are going through and while, of course, the safety of our loved ones is more important than anything else, your feelings of sadness are totally valid. Your wedding (and all of the exciting events leading up to it) are things you have dreamed about and looked forward to for months, if not years, of your life!
Whether you are opting to go with an elopement or a small backyard wedding in lieu of your original plans or sticking with your original plan and pushing back the date, we want to congratulate you! I hope you’ve had the blessing of being able to spend more one-on-one time with your soon-to-be spouse and soak it all in. This will be a wild story for your future kids and grandkids some day!
This stunning cover was shot by the one and only Chelsea Clayton of toujours (@toujoursphoto). I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her over the last couple of years, and she is a true inspiration as a human and also an incredibly talented photographer. You can see more photos from this styled shoot on pages 22 – 25.
From our entire Forsyth Mags team, CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement. We hope this issue gives you tons of local inspiration. And, as always, if you’d like to have your recent wedding or engagement photo considered for a future issue – email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
All my best,