Beer Doesn't Have to be the Theme
Trip Start Jan 31, 1996
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I lie tossing and turning. The light from Seattle's Space Needle gives the room an odd glow. But that's not what keeps me awake. I envision Elenka in a wedding gown, scuba tank on her back, a Margarita in her hand, as we glide through the most pristine coral reef on the planet.
Matus and Vierka are staying at our home back in Toronto, taking care of our cats, Harley and Doodle
“This should be the happiest time in a young couple's life,” he said. “But they are doing exactly the same as their parents did it, their grand-parents before them, and probably their great-grand-parents as well.”
I could feel the unhappiness in his voice.
“Every time I shoot one of these weddings, the bride, the groom, the parents, everyone who has to have their photos taken are bored. This makes me bored, and maybe a bit nervous. In some small way my work suffers as a consequence.”
“What do you propose, the issuance of happy medication on the way into the church? A hash hookah in the vestibule, perhaps?”
Matus is a very determined young man, not prone to playing silly buggers
I had no idea what he was talking about. “That was a really long sentence,” I said.
After a short blank stare he pressed some keys on his Apple, then turned the screen my way. “Look at these photos. They are from a wedding I shot on the High Tatry Mountains in Slovakia. I convinced the newly weds that this special day was theirs and theirs alone. This young couple like to drink beer, and bowl, and climb mountains ... and then drink more beer.” His face showed the first hint of a smile.
I navigated my way through the album. When I was finished, Matus said, “The look on your face while you viewed these photos was much happier than the one you had when you studied the solemn, Toronto wedding. Now imagine yourself in the shoes of those two young couples. Pretend that it is ten years since you got married. How many times do you think you would have looked back at the photos of your solemn Toronto wedding over those ten years? And then consider how many times might have looked back at your fun photos, your wild and crazy marriage photos.”
I could feel my own silly smile
In case you might be looking to get married or renew your vows, Matus can't provide snowy mountains in Ontario, but you can show him where the pine forests and lakes are. The only other requirement is imagination.
For more “fun weddings” and numerous other works enter the world of Matus at www.matuslago.com Tip: After clicking past the main page, hit "portfolio". On the right side, below the photo of Lenny Kravitz, do another click. That's where you'll find all the wedding stuff.
The lights of Seattle illuminate our room as beautiful Elenka sleeps
Tomorrow we board a south-bound ship. First stop Hawaii.
Elenka took the final fifteen or so photos at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle.