Probably one of the coolest and intense learning curves of 2017 for me was to stand by my best friend as she fell in love. I'm writing this before getting ready for the day, because mascara does not pair well with puffy eyes and tears. Emily has been a dear friend for a long time, but she has become one of my best friends in the last 16 months. As Brian came into her life, I was so excited. It felt different than so many relationships I have watched start with many friends. There was a sense of intentionality on both sides. I watched Em be pruned by the Lord through these seasons of raw emotions and growing pains. Honestly, the biggest thing that made this so special for me to watch was that I was there. present. invited. She didn't disappear on me. It's hard not to. The Lord was so gracious to us, as he gave us countless days and weekends to work together. Road trips happen often since we second shoot for each other. I just love looking back and seeing so many milestones in their relationship paralleling with long conversations on the road and pillow talk in cabins and hotels. It's weird seeing it all happen before your eyes. The "ohmygosh this guy is sitting with me at a coffee shop reading just to be with me!" to "if he asked me now, i would say yes." to "i can't believe we are getting married in just a few months!" I'm honored to have walked this path with you, Em. I'm honored to call Brian a friend I trust and love. He has loved her in ways I simply cannot, others simply cannot. For all who know Em, she's an independent little go-getter. "She may be small, but she is fierce" about sums her up. It's pure fun to see someone take care of Em, and her to take care of him. Meal prepping, sharing dates, and learning so much about how to love well.
I'm honored to call her a best friend. Honored to stand by her in this season. She has never ceased to show me such generosity, service, and love. I am looking forward to every chance I get to anchor her and Brian on their wedding day. To watch her step into a white dress, to squeal with her all freakin' day, to see her join hands with Brian, to capture them laugh, kiss, and love all day, and to dance the night away with our friends and families. The Lord is so good. All I can say over and over again is that I am honored. <3 I'm so proud of these two. They have had tough conversations, been held to so much accountability, pursued the Lord and each other with such devoted energy. I cannot wait to see them fall in love all over again and just relish every moment in marriage. We had so much fun on what felt like the coldest day in Memphis (little did we know...) We explored Broad Avenue, Cleveland Street Flea Market, and around Crosstown Concourse. After scrolling down, you and I will both agree that Brian and Em are some of the best looking people of Memphis, and best dressed. I just love all the energy and laughter they bring everywhere they go.
To the future Mr + Mrs Holmes