Sometimes my ideas are better in theory than in real life. I've been wanting to do a funny family portrait card ever since Niall was born, but last Christmas was a little hectic with him being just a month old... and then there really wasn't a good excuse for a family portrait after the holidays.
So I started thinking about ideas for this monumental occasion a few (more like 6, to be exact) months ago. I wanted it to be one of those serious but joking types of pictures- ones that only the people closest to you can really "get" what you're trying to pull off. Everyone else would probably look at it and think, "What the ???"
Which is exactly what happened to me at my wedding. I had a similar idea about our wedding song. Matt is really into music, but it all just happens to be depressing kill yourself music- not ideal for a first dance. I was all about the cute fun songs like David Gray and Billy Joel and Van Morrison.
Most men would probably just let the woman pick the song and go with it. But Matt's music passion prevented him from being able to back down. He was not going to give in and dance to some "lame" song with 250 people watching him. And I knew that it would not be a very genuine couple's dance if it was something that only I liked. So we decided to just make a joke of the whole thing and pick some ridiculous soft rock 90s song. Surely, people would know that we were joking, right?
Wrong. Crickets and blank stares. Our initial plan was to keep a straight face through the whole thing, but when it started getting uncomfortably awkward, we decided to laugh and make a bigger joke of it. And yet still, I'm pretty sure 1/2 the guests had no idea that "On the Wings of Love" was not some sentimental and meaningful melody between us.
So our Christmas card will be in the same spirit- the young family and friends will probably laugh, while the older crowd/ distant relatives will probably be severely confused. I couldn't upload the actual card template, but this is the picture we used. What do you think? Obviously joking or hard to tell?
PS. Matt is really embarrassed about his man boob in this pic. I wouldn't have even noticed until he pointed it out, but now I can really see it!
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