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The modern idea of marriage is a bit of a weird concept when you actually think about it.
The modern idea of marriage is a bit of a weird concept when you actually think about it. You decide that you love another person so much that you bring the government into the relationship and enter a legally binding contract to love this person forever. Sounds a little crazy in that perspective, right? So why do the majority of human beings feel the need to seek out their lifelong partner to enter into this contract with? Why was the marriage contract even invented in the first place? Well, originally marriage had absolutely nothing to do with love.
Traditionally marriage was used to gain economic ground and to make political alliances. It was for wealthy and powerful families to join together to become even more wealthier and more powerful. It’s hard to pinpoint the moment marriage became less about power and more about love. As marriage evolved couples were expected to grow into love after marriage. Maybe the thought of being tied to one person for eternity was too unbearable and to make marriage less daunting, future spouses were told they would grow into love. But of course you can’t force love and there was still arranged-married couples who do not love each other. So marriage kept evolving and evolving until we got here to the modern notions of marriage. That is choosing a life partner based on love.
So here we are, marriage has turned from a loveless contract to a binding of love. Turned from a craving of power to a craving of companionship and to having the one you love by your side forever. There’s something beautiful in the way marriage has changed. The evolution shows that in some aspects of modern society we still care more about love and relationships than money and power.
Now all around the world thousands of couples are taking the plunge and getting married everyday. Even though there are thousands of weddings they are all different. From small private events that take place in a stony courthouse to big extravagant weddings in fancy hotels, resorts, or vineyards. From couples who only need each other to say their vows to couples who want anyone and everyone to help witness and celebrate their love. Whatever the size of the wedding the thing that matters most is love.
In every culture weddings come with different customs. Of course in traditional western weddings the bride wears a white gown, the ceremony and reception take place all in one day, and the bride throws her bouquet of flowers to all the single ladies to determine who will be married next. In India weddings go for 3 days, the bride wears a bold red and white sari, and hundreds of rose petals are thrown for good luck. In Japan speeches are a big deal and wedding guests line up to each tell the newly-wedded couple tales of marriage and to wish them well. In Jamaica the whole village gathers in the street to see the bride on her special day. Whatever the ceremony or custom is the main focus of the day is the couple and their love.
Here at Jesse Dains wedding photography we believe each wedding is the love story of a couple. At a wedding you see two different people, from different backgrounds come together. The way in which they decide to celebrate their love shows their personalities and cultures blending together and that is a really special moment. That’s why I try to capture photographs in a way that portray this story. Because a wedding is the story of a couple who are so crazy in love that they decide to be bound to each other.
Photography is a big deal, love is a bigger deal. I really believe as a wedding photographer that it is the best job in the world! I believe people who have a talent or a gift should harness it, work it, and push the limits of what they can achieve.
I have been given a gift that enables me to see moments in time that I think will make a beautiful photo. I have been working my butt off for 12 years to be the best I can be in any situation on a wedding. If it’s raining, or if there is a thunder storm, crazy wind, snowing, hailing, or a sunny day, I have found a way to make it work. Anyways, enough from me, Shannon and I invite you to look through some of our favourite Brisbane, Byron Bay, Bali, and NSW weddings from the past two years. Although I'm a Brisbane wedding photographer based in Brisbane, Shannon and I get to capture beautiful moments all over the world. What a job!