There's no disputing the art, beauty and joy in these photos. But the part that really makes my heart well up is knowing that Elizabeth managed so many of the same wedding struggles I'm dealing with now - marrying in an expensive region of the country, ethics, sustainability, trying to ignore the WIC and the indie-wedding pressures alike - and she came out of it with a day of such complete perfection that even Green Wedding Shoes wanted to feature her celebration. These photos are a tangible reminder that what I'm striving for is attainable - not the blog feature, but the undeniable essence of the day itself. And it's a reminder that if I do it my way, it will be undeniably beautiful as well.
And, as if all that weren't enough, Elizabeth and Eric's wedding may have an even longer-term effect on the sustainability practices that regularly inspire them: after their wedding, photographer Kate Harrison was inspired to introduce her new Bee Green discount for couples that incorporate five eco-conscious elements into their weddings. In other words, the way we wed matters, and I'm reminded again that we're on a path that's right for us.