Throughout the wedding planning process, this blog has become more than a place to share my wedding and marriage thoughts. It became my wedding community and you all have been my wedding team. You've cheered me on (and cheered me up) in comments and emails. You've helped me build a wedding, by making my accessories, coordinating my wedding, and giving me a Fuji Instax Mini camera for free.
That's right. Out of the blue, reader Maggie (who you may know from her comments here and from her recent APW Wedding Graduate post) offered to send me her Fuji Instax Mini camera for my DIY photobooth. Maggie and I bonded over our seemingly simple (but actually complex) community center weddings. We worried about DIY logistics. We battled with expectations about photography and authenticity and beauty. And then, she sent me a camera. And all her unusued film. So we could have the DIY photobooth we'd been hoping for but were unsure we could afford. And she sent it to me in the card box she'd made for her own wedding. And then I cried because I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have stumbled into this community and these friendships. And then I cried again after we sifted through all the amazing photos and messages from our DIY photobooth and guestbook, which was pulled together for pennies from Maggie's generosity and our friends' halloween costumes. And that simple act of generosity and magic created moments and memories like this:
Maggie's only stipulation about the gift was that the camera had to be passed along, for free, to another couple. And then that couple had to pass it along too. And so on. So I happily passed along the camera. It went to one of my bridesmaids, who got married a month after me. At which point, Maggie's camera helped create new moments and memories like this:
When I passed along the camera to my girlfriend, I added my own stipulation. I didn't want the camera to get passed along to a random couple. I wanted it to go back into the community it came from. I wanted it to come back here. Back you you. To whoever might need a free camera to help create photobooth memories at his or her wedding.
So today I'm holding a giveaway for this Fuji Instax Mini camera. Unfortunately, there isn't any film left and it's about 80 cents per picture, but it's 100% worth it. The photos are about the size of a credit card - so they're small, but large enough to capture tons of fun. You can find free costumery (like we did) or just put out a guestbook for fun photos messages (like my girlfriend did). Either way, I hope it brings one of you as much joy as it brought us. I have a sneaking suspicion it will.
So how do you enter? It's easy. Just a) leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween costume and if any of it will go into your photobooth. And b) leave your email. And c) you have to tell me you promise to pass along the camera for free, with whatever film you have left, when your wedding is done. Because that's how wedding magic grows. And this camera is all about building and capturing wedding magic.
The contest will close next Thursday at 6pm PST. I'll announce the winner next Friday, June 17.
This is the box the camera arrived in for me. It was Maggie's card box, and it became mine. The box got ruined along the way or I'd pass that along too, but this photo (captured by Kelly Prizel Photography) felt like the right way to end today's post.