Which is better: a wedding or a wedding photographer?
On a recent Saturday morning, a man named Andrew walked down the street in Asheville, North Carolina, to his car.
He had a job at a car dealership, and he was in the midst of getting his license.
The sun was low in the sky.
Andrew was getting ready to go out to lunch, and was preparing to get the car cleaned up for the day.
A woman with a child in tow greeted him, and the two talked for a while.
The woman looked up and asked if he was the man that Andrew was going out with that day.
He said yes.
Andrew told her he was from Germany, and she said he had a good reputation.
He told her that he was getting married in Germany.
The two shook hands and walked back to the car.
When Andrew got back to his seat, the woman approached him.
“Do you want to see the wedding photos?” she asked.
He looked at her.
“No,” he said.
She put a hand on his shoulder and asked him to stop.
She told him to tell her how much he loved her.
Andrew stopped talking to the woman and went to the door.
She turned around and walked away, as he stood there, staring at her as he left.
The next day, Andrew returned to his job and started getting his photo taken again.
As the sun was rising over the mountains, he was still unsure if he would get his license, but when the day came he was determined to get his photo.
He pulled out his phone, and with his eyes closed, snapped some photos.
When he looked at them, they looked like a portrait of himself.
But he knew that if he didn’t get his driver’s license, he would never have been able to take his photo for the first time.
Andrew had never felt that way before.
But on the day of his wedding, he had the courage to get married.
He thought about his future.
“I knew that I would be happy to have a job like this for a long time,” he told me.
He was going to be a car salesman, a teacher, a mechanic.
“If I had gotten married, I would have been the most happy man alive.”
And then he had his first real job.
He didn’t know what it would be like.
But for a few months, he didn: he lived the dream.