There Is An App For Speaking German

My Life of Riley
Hi, I’m Riley Davis*** and I’m a Wedding Coordinator.  Did that sound a little 12-step ish? I have a few things to get off my chest.  My friends tease me all the time.  They say I’m living the ‘Life of Riley’, after all what could be bad… I own my business and my days are spent at the most luxurious resorts sharing a couple’s happiest moments.  I get paid to attend to their weddings.  What could go wrong?

What people don’t realize is that Wedding Photography is hard work, it’s not just wandering around the event taking lovely photos.  Making sure the bride has given a shot list to the photographer in advance of the event is just part of duties and sometimes it means the bride needs to think about who her guests will be. Weddings and funerals are the most common times when you get rare combinations of family members together.  After all if Grandma is flying in for the occasion there should be a photo taken with her and her family to commemorate the joyous event.


I’ve worked with my share of photographers.  The vast majority of them are professional and prepare for the inevitable difficulties in advance.  I often assist them gathering family members for photos because I’ve gotten to know so much of the family while preparing for the wedding.  


Imagine my surprise when a photographer I’ve never worked with hands me the shot list and tells me to gather the “family from Germany” and escort them to the Wisteria Arch for ten different shots because he doesn’t speak German and they don’t speak English.  Ummm, I don’t speak German either.  I don’t even know how to determine which of the two hundred guests are the “family members from Germany,” do I look for lederhosen? 


Of course, I’d be happy to help… this is my “Life of Riley”

© 2015 Cortney Clifford and Jennifer Levine

** Riley Davis is a fictional character written by Jennifer Levine and inspired by Cortney Clifford over copious amounts of coffee and a great deal of laughter.  These stories are motivated by “What could go wrong”; any resemblance to actual events are purely coincidental.  (and OMG we are SO SO sorry!)