It is with a happy heart, a joyful spirit and tear-filled eyes that I write this post.
I have three brothers whom I love equally; however, because of our nearness in age, it comes with no surprise that I am closest to my younger brother, Christopher. Growing up we spent most of our time together and even through high school years, shared some of the same friends. He is full of life, humor, wisdom and love. When he transferred schools and moved to Spokane, Washington in the fall of 2009, it was so difficult to watch leave (a post from the day he left – on the old blog). In our hearts, though, we all knew that this journey to the Pacific Northwest would be a wonderful, exciting opportunity for him. Within that first year, he met a beautiful girl named, Korena. Over the next months, we spent many hours skyping with the two of them and getting to know this gem of a lady. When she came home to Michigan with him this past November, we knew this girl would be sticking around for a while.
Fast forward to today. I am SO happy and SO excited to share that as of this afternoon, he asked… and she said “yes” to spend forever with him. My little brother is ENGAGED (that was weird to type!)… making him the last one in our family to be married. I could not be more thrilled to have Kori as my new sister and to once again add another member to this growing family.
Christopher, I love you to pieces. What a blessing it is to call you brother and one of my best friends.
And Kori, WELCOME to this crazy family. I’m overjoyed to now call you, sister! I can’t wait to give you both a big hug when I see you next!!
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This weekend, Jonathan and I drove “up north” to spend some time with our dear friends, Carly & Mitchell. The only items on the agenda for the weekend were seeing their new house and celebrating Carly’s birthday… the rest was to be determined. So when we found ourselves waking up late on Saturday morning and eating waffles until noon… that was ok. And when the birthday girl suggested that we bundle up for a hike up a mountain… that was ok, too. It was a relaxing and adventurous 30 hours with friends – a quick trip, but good for the soul.
I have a few new pictures of my nephew to share with you soon (surprise, surprise), but for now… a snapshot from our hike:
After first thought, I’m typically not one for surprises. Don’t get me wrong, I love planning surprises and taking part in surprises for other people, but when it comes to myself, I just like to know what is going on. Events, gifts, whatever… it kills me if I don’t know what’s happening or can’t guess! However, more often than not, surprises tend to be really wonderful. Like, a couple weeks ago… I had a FABULOUS surprise. As I was quickly finishing up the portraits for this wedding, an on-looker snuck up behind me. This on-looker was a woman named, Tina – a dear friend who resides in Virginia. She was in Michigan for the weekend helping her friend, the florist, at this Friday evening wedding. What??? She didn’t know I was the photographer, I didn’t know she was assisting the florist… Crazy! Needless to say, I was very ok with this surprise!
This said wedding was a gorgeous winter celebration in Plymouth, MI. Arden & Kristi are so perfectly in love and truly wonderful and fun individuals. They said their vows in a beautiful ceremony officiated by Kristi’s grandpa and dad. Afterwards, they danced the night away among friends and family in the ever amazing Inn at St. John’s. Oh, and the florist? Her name is Laurel… didn’t she do an amazing job? Contact me for her info ;)