Whether you are planning your wedding, or writing your first blog post, the question of: “Where do I begin?” often leads to a quandary!  In both cases, I suggest beginning with one small idea that you love, whether it is a feeling, a place or a vision in your mind. . .Find that small bit of inspiration and see where it takes you.

In creating a blog name for our beautiful website, I fell in love with this quote about life!  It is George Sand’s most famous quote, written in Letter to Lina Calamatta:

Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé.”

Or in English: “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”   For me, this quote puts everything in its right perspective.  I would urge all those planning a wedding (or just living) to view the process (both processes!) through this lens.

As the editor of a wedding magazine, I can honestly say that the most beautiful wedding photos are not the ones of the flowers or the fantastic venues, and not even the ones of the bride herself.  The most beautiful photos are the ones that capture the raw emotion, pure joy and deep love that abounds at such an occasion.  While designer dresses, sumptuous menus, fabulous favors and all the other accouterments of a fairytale wedding certainly make for beautiful wedding magazines, clearly all weddings are beautiful!

Whether they are big or small, expensive or designed on a shoe-string, the important thing is that it reflects the couple. It is an event to mark the beginning of their “official” shared lives together, and we hope it is one that creates a beautiful, warm memory that couples will share and look back on together.  After all, the one thing that everyone who walks down the aisle is hoping to find at the alter is a full life ahead, to love and be loved.

Etre Amie

George Sand was a trail-blazer who lived her life to the fullest.  George Sand, her pseudonym, was born Amantine-Lucille-Aurore Dupin, July 1, 1804 – June 8, 1876.  She is considered one of France’s most brilliant novelists and memoirists.

— Tracey Sgambato