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A Wedding Without Rings


A Wedding Without Rings

Evergreen Era Films Wedding Videography

Most of you out there might think I'm crazy, but it's true. I hate wedding rings.
But the reality is I don't just hate wedding rings. I hate all metal jewelry. I always have. It's some weird quirk that I've never fully understood. Just the thought of metal jewelry touching my skin makes me squirm. I can't stand it.

Thankfully that weird quirk has saved me a lot of money over the years (as well as previous boyfriends) and gives me lots of extra time in the morning to get ready. 

But whenever I tell anyone this about me, they always ask - "What will you do when you get engaged or married?!"
I've come up with some funny answers over the years, like asking for a puppy instead of an engagement ring. I still like this idea a lot by the way... =)
I have also thought about the idea of spending the money on tickets for a trip, a down payment on a tiny home, or new adventure equipment instead.
Who knows! The sky is the limit to what could be done! I have always thought that something different and personal, unique to our relationship would be even more special.

Side note: Ian and I have zero plans on getting married in the near future, if ever really.
We live life very untraditionally and purposefully, taking the waves of life as they come and doing what feels right to who we are.
We have learned to love life this way for the time being - hearts and minds open to our experiences and loving each other as deeply and best we can along the way.

Now, I know that the exchanging of rings in marriage is a deep rooted tradition.
I know that they traditionally represent eternity and they are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because it was believed the vein in that finger lead directly to the heart.
They are glamorous, and shiny, and expensive and something you only get once in your lifetime.
I get it. Tradition is hard to break.

But I want to take a moment here and question this tradition, like I typically like to do.

Disclaimer: This is not to make anyone feel bad about having a wedding ring or wanting a wedding ring. It is simply to share my personal thoughts and experiences in order to provide encouragement to do something differently for those who might benefit from it. 

My dislike for jewelry in general has forced me to think about the exchanging of rings in a new way. It has forced me to look inside myself and imagine what my heart would want, apart from preconceived traditions or social norms, on my wedding day.

So, maybe this will encourage you to do this same. If you were able to free yourself of all the expectations and listen to your heart, what would mean the most to you personally, intimately, uniquely?

Traditions aren't rules. It's okay to break them!



Appreciating the Outdoors // Asheville Outdoor Wedding Videography

Upon starting Evergreen Era Films, one of my main goals has been to share more of me with more of you; to not only capture and share other people's stories but to be open and welcoming and share my very own story as well.

I know this will be difficult for me. I'm not a very talkative person. I spend most of my conversations asking people questions and enjoying listening than talking about myself. I frequently don't share something personal unless specifically asked. It isn't comfortable at first, it's hard, and vulnerable, but I have learned there is such beauty in being vulnerable. Those are the moments where people make strong connections, where they relate and provide support and encouragement. So here I am, stepping out on a limb and doing exactly what I'm always asking my clients to do; being open, honest and vulnerable for whomever is listening...

To start out, I hope to begin sharing things that motivate me, inspire me, challenge me, and make me smile. I have almost stopped enjoying social media these days, and I'm sure many of you feel the same. So much unregulated opinion. So much negativity. So much disconnect. I have felt in need of something fulfilling and uplifting, so I decided to create it myself.

On this blog I want to share things that will educate, encourage, and inspire you (as they did for me) each week.

To start out, in honor of the beautiful trees that inspired this very business, I encourage you to listen to this incredibly intriguing podcast by the talented Radiolab. Take some time today during break, this afternoon during your walk, or during your morning coffee and have a listen.

There is a whole world underneath your feet that has recently been discovered.

Asheville Wedding Videography // Discount and Giveaway!

Welcome to Evergreen Era Films!

This small business of mine was created from my heart and soul.
It represents who I am and what I believe in. It is all things natural, wild, and free. It is all things peaceful, joyful, and open-hearted.

I hope you find comfort, goodness, encouragement, and inspiration here as you follow along on our creative journey.

In celebration of our grand opening,
we are giving away a DISCOUNT to 3 future Evergreen Era Couples!

The 1st couple to book will receive 20% off their package choice.

The 2nd couple to book will receive 15% off their package choice.

The 3rd couple to book will receive 10% off their package choice.

(The discount giveaway ends on Thursday, August 18th, therefore all bookings must be complete by that date)

You can see the package options here

What about the single ladies (and gents)? 
What about those couples not getting married any time soon?
What if you're already married?!

Not to worry! I didn't forget about you!

Just share the website on your Facebook page and post your favorite outdoor place to go on an adventure in the comments below. 

When you do, you will be entered to win a $30 gift card to Diamond Brand, an outdoor gear/apparel store local to Asheville, N.C.