Thursday, December 29, 2011


Well before we got married, I was helping Emily with her cake deliveries. It's opened a whole new world for me, one that slipped my notice before. Emily does mostly children's parties, anniversaries, and, of course, weddings. Me? Involved with weddings? Who would have thought?

As husband, my primary duty is to drive my wife to and from engagements -- if I'm available. It's a far cry from the things I used to do before, but I relish it because I find it, well, relaxing. I don't have to think too much, and that leaves my mind free to wander. I also get to meet people who aren't my customers or students. And most of all, it's fascinating to peek at what goes on behind the scenes, how coordinators and decorators transform pasteboard and glitter to something that, for the span of an hour, looks something like out of a fairy tale.

And that leads me to this lantern ball I took a shot of earlier. This is one of the many decorations adorning the nuptial tableau. I liked how strange it looked, especially in black and white. It's really just paper and wire, but in the right hands, it looks something magical.