Someone last week asked me the following question, "Knowing what you know now would you consider that love is overrated?" It's quite a question, maybe one of the most phenomenal questions I've ever been asked and I've spent quite some time thinking about the answer.
The truth is (I think) that love is if anything completely underrated, I can't even imagine how I would describe love to someone who'd never felt it, an alien perhaps -
It's like the best Christmas day you could ever dream of.
It's like an amazing holiday that never has to end.
It's like the best cuddle you've ever had, you know the one that envelopes you and makes you feel complete and protected.
It's like the best lie in you ever had, the one where you feel cocooned in your quilt and never want to get up because it's so divine to just lie there a little longer.
It's like standing on the top of the world and looking down, I guess it's similar to the feeling the astronauts get as they look down from their spaceships over the world and see the sunrises and sunsets.
I could go on, the truth I think is that it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I'm pretty sure I've been in love 3 times in my life, each an extraordinary event I'll never forget as long as I live.
There are many lines in music that sum up how I feel but there's a line in Moulin Rouge that I'll borrow to sum up how I feel "Love is like oxygen, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love"
If you know me, either in real life or simply from reading my blog you'll know I am an incurable romantic which I suppose has got me in trouble once or twice in my life, you see I always see the positive, the good stuff, I'm always leaping forward because I believe so strongly in love that I want to be wrapped up in it. There's never been a moment I've regretted where I felt love.
I still feel so much love, I guess it's different but it helps me to be a better person, it's most definitely helps me to shoot better weddings, I adore hearing how couples met, I love it when they tell me about their engagement stories and I usually cry at every wedding I shoot because, well, wedding ceremonies and couples declaring their love for each other are beautiful.
The truth is that life can be hard, this world we live in can feel like a struggle but love helps to make it beautiful again, love lets light in on dark days.
So here's the thing, and this bit is important, if you have ever been in love (even if it's not right now) I want you to remember falling in love and how you felt, I want you to remove all of the pain that might have gone along with relationships which might not have gone as planned and just remember the amazing gorgeous feelings which are sure to come back, now capture that feeling and when you feel unhappy or life gets you down take yourself to that place and feel only love.
I'll never ever regret the love I felt ever!