Today's wedding is a hard one for me. If I'm being honest, I've pushed it off a little. Not because I didn't want to write it, though. In fact, the exact opposite. But because I've been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how I could possibly even begin to put into words how much this sweet wedding meant to me, and yet every time I fall short. I don't know if I could truly express what this wedding meant to me. Because this special day was for one of my dear friends who I love so very much! And so being able to be there with Amanda on her wedding day was truly such a gift. We've had many friends- Amanda included- express to us that while they'd love for us to shoot their wedding, they feel a little weird about asking us to work.
And every time, we have the same response. Weddings don't feel like work to us. But when they're for our loved ones? Even less so. And Amanda and Brian's wedding day is exactly why. We got to spend all day with two of the sweetest people in the whole world and it was such a JOY. Because I got to spend all day just spending time with this sweet friend of mine on the most important day of her life. And that feeling is not something I could ever put into words, except that it's the greatest blessing. Amanda.... thank you for being one of the kindest, most generous, giving, selfless people I have ever known. You spend your days taking care of others as a nurse because that's who you are... the one who cares for people. You light up every room you walk into with that infectious smile that always makes your eyes sparkle- the one that radiates so much joy and love. It's that smile that makes everyone fall in love with you, because we're all drawn to your warmth, your compassion, and your sweet spirit in a world too often filled with darkness. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for making my life brighter because you're in it.
And now Brian.... I always knew that whoever managed to snag your wife would be one lucky guy. I also knew he'd have to be one pretty incredible one to ever deserve someone like her. And from the moment I heard her talk about you, I just knew. I don't know why, but something in my gut told me that this was it. Because of the way her eyes- which already sparkle so beautifully- seemed to shine a little brighter. Because that smile she always has would change, just a little, whenever she talked about you. She would get this sweet smile whenever she told me about you. Because from the moment you two started dating, you treated her the way she deserved. It didn't take long for it to sink in that you'd be the one, and I couldn't have asked for anyone better for my sweet friend. Thank you for loving her so well. Brian and Amanda, thank you for letting Chris and I be a part of your wedding day. Thank you for the love you share with each other and the people around you. This world (and my life) is a better place because of you two in it. I love you so much!!! XOXO