Germany: Bergen Part 1

Something amazing happened last year.
I got asked to shoot a wedding – this is always awesome – but the kicker, is that the Wedding was in GERMANY!
So fast forward 8 months, and here I am. Sitting in a beautiful cottage in Northern Germany (Bergen to be exact), cradling a celebratory beer, and better still – watching my FAMILY merrily chatting in front of me.
Not only did my husband and son join me on this trip, but my parents and younger brothers did too. It was my parents shot at a honeymoon – only 20 odd years late. And my brothers, well, the bride I was photographing was, in fact, their Au Pair when they were toddlers. Tina is a sister to us all.

They say good things come to those who wait. But watching them (my family and Tina’s) play with my Ollie, organising itineraries, sharing flight stories, I know that this was not a waiting game. We were all here because we worked very hard to get to where we are, and still, never thought we’d be so lucky. I know that we will never convince ourselves this actually happened.

I am learning hour by hour to unwind, and appreciate that I deserve to be here.
To understand that it is not unfair to my friends and family that aren’t here.
That it is not a matter of luck, but a matter of hard work and months of planning. This being said, I feel like the luckiest girl on earth, to be half way across the globe, photographing the wedding of one of the nicest couples you will ever meet, with my amazing family in tow.

Today, I walked through purple fields and ate wild cranberries.
I threw a stick for a lively dog into a local river, with no concerns about the dog’s safety as I knew it was a clean and beautiful waterway, in it’s finest natural form.
I was asked to join Tina’s family for afternoon tea, with flowers picked from the cottage’s garden, and with a table full of cakes and cheese.

I am not home, but I am.

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