If I were to have a wedding, I imagine it to be on a beach. The beach is, has always been and will eternally be a significant aspect of my being. It has been a witness to family weekend gatherings, birthdays, friendships and life’s moments. It is my sanctuary when hearts and dreams go broken and it has unfailingly been my personal haven for mending.
It will be an intimate afternoon surrounded by oak trees cloaked with gently-swaying Spanish moss as amber orange sunset rays peek through. Violin, candles flicker inside lanterns, milky white and metallic gold shade everywhere, some orange accents, family and friends’ giggles, tears of joy, and a warm atmosphere of pure love and bliss.
We arrived at Fort Frederica nearly dusk still feeling elated, following a visit at St. Simons Lighthouse. There were few other visitors at the Fort as well, all welcomed by a very happy and enthusiastic staff who hailed from Guam. She looked happy and simply contented. As we walked out of the Visitor Center, I understood why.
We passed through what I think is a porch (?) of the Visitor Center. I looked up and saw a streak of a jet stream across the sky right beside a palmetto from my view. As I looked behind, I saw these oak trees in all their majestic charm. I remember saying “wow” like a reflex. I remember my steps pacing quicker than the normal and wow-ed and goshed continuously.
This. This is my canvass brought to life.
Once in a while, we have this moment in our lives when everything just felt right. This was my moment as photographed below, captured for eternity. This is my favorite moment of this day. I remember taking this shot, and I felt something warm inside, something that belongs to me.
And this. Who can’t fall for this?
Historically, Fort Frederica was established to protect its boundary as a British colony from the Spanish in Florida. Its location on the Frederica River is strategic for ship travel. As one looks out to the river from the fort remains, one can only imagine how it felt like back then with these cannons firing throughout the day. Thankfully, we only have serenity to enjoy the place today.