The Mereth & Scott love mixer = two parts Doris Day movie mixed with one part South Park tv show. Long passages of sugary sweet spiked by moments of cynical comedy. Such was my oh-so unique day photographing the romance of Mereth & Scott …
Oh! First a heads up – if you see anyone wearing a Monkey Pin, it’s the couple’s way of saying “we had WAY too many friends to have a traditional bridal party (and didn’t want to see you in those ill-fitting rental tuxes or bride’s maids dresses) so we made you a Monkey Pin to proclaim you’re a Very Important Person.”
After a year’s worth of painstaking (but fun) DIY wedding preparations the stage was set for a Westminster Westin wedding, right down a to a couple of chairs set aside for loved ones observing from heaven.
And now, the vows (clears throat) … First, Scott’s …
Mereth, to put into words the way I feel for you turned out to be… Difficult. I started with the classics: “How do I love thee, Let me count the ways” “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind” “L – is for the way you look at me” “Love is like oxygen” “All you need is love” (pause for crowd laughter)
While these words certainly conveyed the sentiment I wanted, they paled in comparison to the intensity of my feelings. So I turned inward. I have been lucky to be raised and surrounded by the love of my family and friends. When I found you that feeling was elevated. I am now incandescently happy and experiencing a true love that I never knew was possible.
You are frustrating and wonderful in ways I never imagined.
I tell you every day but I know you don’t always hear it. I think you are beautiful. You are smart, sexy, funny and I love you. That is my promise to you poopie. I love you. (pause for audience reaction)
Mereth’s turn …
Scott. I love you. But you ruined my well-organized life. Before you, I had total control of the remote, I did what I wanted when I wanted, I could be as OCD as I pleased, and the only ones I had to worry about were my cats.
I should have known life as I knew it was doomed when you showed up for our first date with a Ghirardelli chocolate square and a Powerball ticket. Your warmth, honesty and charm continues to win me over every day. And despite how poopie (not a typo) you can be, I can’t imagine my life without you now.
You help me be a better person – more patient, a little more fun & flexible, a little less OCD about how to stack the dishwasher.
There are many things we don’t agree on: zombie movies, whether or not fruit is more than just a garnish, exactly how healthy deep-fried food is, the number of cats a house can hold comfortably, the wonders of spreadsheets, the importance of the word “obey” in wedding vows.
But despite these deal-breakers, I love you and look forward with excitement to our life together. I promise you this: I will obey my heart, I will obey our love, and for 4 hours on your birthday I will obey you.
Two ‘Poopies’ and a ring exchange later, they were married! Hooray! Reception time!
Mereth wants you to know that no Parker Games were destroyed in the making of these table center pieces … old game parts were purchased on eBay.
Scott has a thing for yellow shoes, and his monkeys have noticed. The show stopping toast came when friends engulfed the couple with an army of fresh yellow shoes!
My face hurt from smiling so hard all day. Congratulations to Mereth & Scott, their family, their friends and their cats. Forever starts now.
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