I spent much of this Saturday at the V&A with my sister, snapping away on my camera and oo-ing and ah-ing at new found historical artefacts. It's still slightly worrying to me how much this place is like my second home. I'm pretty sure I've visited almost every weekend since December of 2014! Nevertheless, I make an effort to do something new every Saturday, partly because this keeps me from getting bored and going insane. But of course, my reason for going this time round was not in vain. The awesome guys at Vin-X gave me some tickets to see the Wedding Dress Exhibition, which, mind you, I'd been wanting to go see for ages. I had so much fun at the exhibition, and I loved how it was all curated to highlight the rich histories behind each dress. My favourite dress by far was a wedding dress designed for Miss Baba Meaton, when she married Alec Hambro (1934). An attire made simply from complete silk, with a long and flourishing train, it caught my attention for it's simplicity and elegance.
Now I know you're expecting a Wedding story of some sort as related to this post, or more specifically, my opinions on it. And you're absolutely right, but I'll only take a minute of your time. Honestly, the idea of marriage has only recently settled into my mind as something that might happen to me one day, but these days, I don't linger too much on that anymore. I used to be against the idea of me being in a lifelong relationship, which I do think is natural for people my age. I am only 22 after all, and I'm in no particular rush to settle down right now. But of course this doesn't mean that I can't or don't fantasise about the superficial things that weddings hold. Like what kind of flowers may be there, what dress I'd wear, what ring would serenade my finger...And then of course what guy would be crazy enough to drag my crazy self down the aisle.
I said to my Pastor one day, that I'd want him to walk me down the aisle, and when he'd gotton to the alter, I'd want him to bless my marriage too. To this he replied, 'Sherida, whoever you end up with, know that they'd never be able measure up to you'. Well I say, pastor, that comment did my a mighty job of swelling my head up twice its size. Of course, this was all in jester, but it got me thinking about what kind of person we think we ought to be with, and who we might actually end up with. I won't delve into my expectations, reservations or ideas, as I don't have very many. I do however, know that passion and vision are two things that I hold incredibly dear to me, so I cannot for the life of me image a life void of ambition and drive. As a matter of fact, I don't have any friends that don't have some kind of life goal, or ambition, so drive-less people (and I don't mean for this to sound mean-spirited!) are almost unfathomable to me!
Anyway, as I explained earlier, I'm not focussed on bridges that I haven't come to yet. Right now, the most important this is not to get sidetracked into the future, as it's not really mine to explore yet. We'll see more about weddings and things when it gets nearer to the time. I'm enjoying the now, and I hope you are too, my loves!
"Dance with God and He'll let the perfect gentleman cut in" ;)
(These photos are not from the wedding dress exhibition, they're just outside it)