lizzy and mike

The speech Mike gave at his wedding reception was one of my most favourites I ever heard. I think I will remember his speech for the rest of my life. His words resonated with me. His speech was about luck, how he once read a paper on the characteristics of lucky people and how Lizzy defined all of these traits. After I finished the wedding, while Michael was driving home, I got out my iphone and I started searching for this paper Mike had talked about. You see, I always thought I was a lucky person, Ive had a pretty amazing and fortunate life and my friends even know me to have a magic finger, because it seems, I can fix anything it touches. Ive been very concious of my luck from a young age and Ive always been scared (actually terrified) my luck was going to run out, like one day out of the blue it all of a sudden was going to stop working. After much research and ive read a few books on luck since then, Im confident to say, Im not worried about my luck disappearing anymore, you create your own luck. I have to agree with Mike, in that Lizzy holds of all the characteristics of a lucky person but I hope Mike realizes, he has all of these characteristics too. Lizzy and Mike are the two of the most loving, sweetest, genuine and authentic people Ive met. The world would be a better place with more Lizzy’s and Mike’s in it.

How to create your own luck:

1 – To be one of the “lucky” people, you need to share their amazing ability to focus. Clearly define your goals. Make them so vivid and real you can taste them. Regardless of the distractions and small detours, staying connected to your dreams is crucial.

2 – In order to arm yourself with the same advantages as “lucky” people, you need to become an ardent student. Lucky people thirst for knowledge constantly. Be prepared. Be determined to be ready when the opportunity presents itself. Only then will you be able to recognize it’s potential, while others ‘just can’t see it”.

3 – Motivation is a difficult task it seems for all of us. We’re either motivated or we’re not. But how does one become motivated? No “lucky” person lives by “Murphy’s Law”. When faced with a challenge, obstacle or downright failure, instead of being depressed and lose your motivation, do what the lucky person does. Become even more committed to try a different approach, a new way, but try again. Failure can actually be a motivator to the lucky person.

4 – Attitude and motivation go hand in hand. One acting as a catalyst to the other. No matter how dyer your circumstances, never let on by your demeanor and displaying a negative “oh, poor me” attitude. You can be a “glass half full” kind of person, but how about being a “How can I keep this glass refilled?” type person? A lucky persons attitude is contagious.

5- Expectations can be a tricky thing. Most of us are dosed with well meaning remarks like, “Don’t get your hopes up” or Don’t expect too much”. Lucky people were either never told or didn’t take it to heart. They DO expect much. Not as in a spoiled child throws a tantrum to get what they want. Rather they believe they WILL receive! Any great sales leader will tell you, “always ASSUME the sale”. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN and how much.

{Instructions from How to Be A Lucky Person}

  • Gemma said:

    Lucky my internet knows how to lead me to your blog. :)
    I LOVE the Australian feel that shines through.

  • I can see why this is one of your favorites. There were so many amazing images and amazing moments, I was going to start commenting on individual photos but by the time I got to the bottom of the post I realized it would be a novel. So in short, stunning work Samm, this wedding and light in which you captured it is breathtaking.

  • Oh my what an amazing collection of images which shows how beautiful the day was. The one of the bride near the window on her own is breathtaking! This is one of my faves of your work I think.

  • michelle said:

    oh my even the house she got ready in is stunning. what a gorgeous day. you captured really beautiful moments samm.

  • Tracy said:

    Love the pure emotion in these shots. Lovely work

  • Tenielle said:

    Positively stunning..... love... movement. I love how you do what you do *sigh* :)

  • wow! LOVE every image...! especially the leaf throwing ones... such a special and unique celebration of their love!

  • Awesome story Samm! The shot with the little boys pants down, absolute classic! Thanks for the smiles from looking at these :)

  • Nirav said:

    Wow. This blows my mind. Especially love the bridge shot with the trees.

  • kelly van viersen said:

    so beautiful are a very talented lady!

  • Lauren said:

    again, just stunning....

    such gorgeous shots for gorgeous people.


  • Justin said:

    Samm, you have such an ability to capture natural, honest moments, and this is by far one of my favourite weddings of yours! Thanks for sharing your skills, talents and your creative eye! Always inspiring :-)

  • Love all the shots! So beautiful, fun, and moving!

  • Anya said:


  • I keep coming back for another peek...I LOVE these :-)

  • wow Sam, amazing!!!I love this...what a "lucky" couple to have you capture there day!!!

  • Beck said:

    Printing the lucky paper out right now and sticking it on my wall! LOVE the pic of the passed out little boy on the couch with Lizzy in the background! A sure sign of a fun wedding :)

  • I agree so much with your points about luck -- thanks for sharing, Samm.

    PS. What fabulous photos! There is so much love there.

  • love, love, love the colors in the trees. It all just blends together so well

  • elainemary said:

    love your pics of the lovely couple's wedding!
    you have a lovely eye and quick talent to capture joy.
    very inspiring and smiley to watch!