Recently, I was given the opportunity to capture some memorable moments at a lovely courthouse wedding ceremony of a former classmate. Molly and Kirsten looked stunning together, and it was delightful to see that Molly's smile and wittiness remains the same after all this time. To make everything even more wonderful, as Molly and I were practicing the turn around for their first look photos, a large crane swooped in and landed right in frame of where I was going to be photographing. A thing about me, I tend to zero in on "signs", symbols, etc. This just felt like one of those moments! During one of the poses I did of the brides together, it flew through the background of the photo! Come on! To satisfy my curiosity, I researched what the appearance of cranes could mean, and I discovered the following symbolism:
*In both Greek and Roman myths, the dance of cranes was symbolized as an expression of joy and an exultation of life.
*Cranes display remarkable levels of devotion towards their mates and are known for their monogamous behavior, mating for life. The secret to their long-lasting love can be attributed to their constant courting as they engage in intricate displays. In addition, crane couples collaborate to build their nests and take on equal roles to tend to and nurture their offspring.
*Due to their impressive ability to undertake demanding high elevation journeys and their distinctive long limbs and necks, cranes have become representative of aspirations.
*The crane has long been regarded as a symbol of longevity in Asian cultures, as well as, happiness. This belief is rooted in the fact that some crane species have a lifespan of up to 80 years.
Now, to be fair, even without the crane moment, this couple clearly had eyes for one another. Love was definitely in the air. Just see for yourselves..
"I'm a fucking joy to be around." - socks