I grew up with this girl. One of those people that never leave your life, no matter where you are in life, no matter what part of the world you find yourself in. As I was shooting her wedding today, I thought about the fact that she has never changed. Not once. Who she is, is who she has always been. One of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever known.
We graduated the same year, which means that our ages are the same, and as someone who is as well liked as she is, she's seen her fair share of weddings over the years. "Always a bridesmaid...", until today. I've thought about that over the years and wondered how she hadn't been swooped up years ago, but it's amazing to me as I continually see instances that prove to me that our timing, isn't something that we control. We would want things immediately, but maybe that isn't what's good for us at the time. Maybe, and quite honestly, I believe that in this case, it's factual, that she was meant to meet Nick when she did. I believe that their paths crossed like shooting stars across a universe of blinking lights and no one else was meant to fill their hearts like they have for each other.
This one meant a lot to me. This is one person in my life, that I've known for a long, long time, who I have always cared for as a friend and always just wanted her to find happiness. Nick makes her happy. It's so evident in that glow. This is love and there's a reason why it happened when it did. What an absolute blessing today was to be a part of. Denise and Nick. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 28.
Song inspiration (below) by Dustin Kensrue, in his touching tribute to his wife and marriage. I used to listen to this song and all I could think of was the love of my life. It still reminds me of her and it's nothing I'm ashamed of. She changed my life and I miss all the life that she spoke into me on a daily basis. I love how Dustin wrote this and how beautiful of a song it is. Marriage, relationships, and family are nothing to take lightly. It's worth cherishing and putting in the hard work, through good and bad times to see it work. Nothing good ever came easy and nothing easy was ever good. It takes work. It takes patience. It takes forgiveness and grace. Marriage isn't meant to make us "happy". It's meant to help make us better.