My brain wants to tell you a story about your brain. There’s a string of nerves in our brains called the corpus callosum. It’s the only connection between your ‘left brain’ and your ‘right brain’ and when it’s severed (as is sometimes done to treat severe epilepsy) the right and left brains begin acting completing and strangely independently. It seems as if each half of the cerebrum is its own personality, its own centre of consciousness, its own… self. Literally, this is 2 minds in one skull. To fully understand how weird this is, it’s helpful to look at the unexpected problems that arise. For example, there was a man who’d had this procedure and regularly had tremendous difficulty putting on his pants in the morning because his right hand (controlled by the left brain) was buttoning up his fly while his left hand (controlled by the right brain) had less respect for scheduling and was trying to take the pants off (and return to bed). More controlled experiments tend to give rise to more astonishing results. One example: show a photo of a cat to the patient’s left eye (right hemisphere) and she’ll say she doesn’t know what’s on the photo (language is in the left hemisphere). Ask her to draw it with her right hand (left hemisphere), and she can’t. Ask her to draw it with her left hand (right hemisphere) and she draws the cat, and then she’ll exclaim surprise. Take a few minutes to watch a short video on this mind-blowing stuff. In another example, somebody gave such a person a pencil for each hand and asked the person, “what is your ideal career?”. The right hand wrote “draftsman” and at the same time the left hand wrote “race car driver” (it’s usually the right side that has wild ideas). Isn’t that crazy? Each hemisphere literally has distinct character, different conceptions of responsibility, different ambitions for life. Even when the corpus callosum isn’t severed, we’re still presumably 2 minds, but at least they communicate with each other. Presumably, this is one of the reasons why it’s so difficult for us poor humans to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. There ain’t just one of us upstairs, and the other one wants to join the circus.
This is why I’m intrigued when I meet somebody like Nicole (the bride in this wedding) whose profession is animation. “Animator” seems so right-brained…and in our very left-brain culture, I imagine (and I could be WAY off here) she had little encouragement to pursue this job when she was growing up. Educators, in my experience any way, actively discourage artistic or thrilling (or even thoughtful) pursuits.
I sort of imagine things went like this:
Right brain: “Nicole?”
Left brain: “Yes Nicole, what is it?”
Right brain: “I think I’d like us to be an animator when we grow up”.
Left brain: “Yes, I anticipated that. You do love your comics. But you should also realize that accounting paves way to better job prospects”.
Right brain: *long pause* “Animation is awesome. Very, very awesome”.
Left brain: “Fiscal responsibility needn’t be underestimated here”.
Right brain: “Animation awesome cannot be overestimated”.
Left brain: *sigh* “OK, but if we’re going to do this, we’re going to have really do this.”
Right brain: “EEeeeeeeeee!!”
Left brain: “No like, we’re going to start training RIGHT NOW”.
And in this way, a partnership emerged.
There is a very good chance that it went nothing like this. In fact, the right brain typically has no capacity for human languages, but I’m sure you get the point (if I have a point). I guess I’m saying that it’s cool that Nicole seems to have integrated both selves. I think the trajectory of my life is the result of a tug-of-war between each of my hemispheres and not integration. I think the trajectory of this blog is much the same way. It’s the way I roll.
The trajectory of this wedding is more interesting, and in it you’ll see a fair amount of dancing. The day began in a small room on the ground floor of Oak Island Resort where we all made our introductions and then there were lots of fun games and laughter (and hair and make up). Excellent vibes all around. The day then continued onward at The Captain’s House in Chester–which is an amazing venue and one that we’re always happy to shoot at.
As you’ll see, this is a very beautiful wedding, with a lot of beautiful people. We hope you enjoy some of our favourite images from the day.
Venue: The Captain’s House
Photography: Topher and Rae (us!)
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Catering: Kitchen Door Catering
Hair & Make up: The “Aqua Salon” at Oak Island Resort
Officiant: Danielle King