I was painting my nails on the bathroom floor of my parent’s house (stick with me ;)). It was Thanksgiving morning and the house was quietly preparing for the afternoon’s events. Jonathan stayed close, even though he hates the smell of nail polish. All of a sudden, my phone rang.

“Jonathan, my phone is in my pocket, could you get it for me?” Rachel was calling… which wasn’t out of the ordinary, but we had been hanging out the night before, so for her to call me less than 12 hours later, I was a bit suspicious. He quickly handed me the phone and after a few minutes of small talk (she always drags out important news!!), she said, “I just sent you a picture text, you should look at it.” There, to my delight, my surprise and my shock, was a picture of Rachel with a diamond on her left hand. Jonathan, of course, knew this was coming and smiled as I tried to figure out how to cry and laugh and speak at the same time…

Over, the past 7 years, Rachel has become one of my best friends. We met in college at GVSU and finding we had similar values and interests, ended up spending most of our free time together. My husband, Jonathan, has known Jonno (whose real name is also Jonathan) almost his entire life (literally). These two are responsible for some of our best memories and have walked through some of life’s deepest trials with us.

Luckily for us, in the past year, Jonno + Rachel have fallen in love, gotten engaged and are making plans for their April wedding – aww yea!
The fact that one of my best friends is becoming a wife? AWESOME.
The fact that she’s marrying my husband’s best friend?
EVEN MORE AWESOME.

Words seriously can’t describe what a blessing these two are to us… but hopefully I can come up with at least a few words for my toast ;). Rachel + Jonno, we love you both dearly, we are so excited for you two and cannot wait to be married-couple-friends!! Yay!

And now, here are some of the results from our chilly December day together…

14 Comments

  1. Laura Webber

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! I am especially tickled by the bicycle built for two… I may need to rent this for a session with Dave and I!!!

  2. Laura Webber

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! I am especially tickled by the bicycle built for two… I may need to rent this for a session with Dave and I!!!

  3. What a great story!
    I love the bicycle reflection picture. I hope they get a big print of that to remind themselves that there is always a different perspective and to find the unexpected surprises in life.

  4. What a great story!
    I love the bicycle reflection picture. I hope they get a big print of that to remind themselves that there is always a different perspective and to find the unexpected surprises in life.

  5. Mary Visger

    Oh my gosh!!!!! Jen, you have been my favorite photographer for several years now…BUT…you just jumped to the BEST in the entire world!!! (Do you think the subject matter has anything to do with that??) I love, LOVE, LOVVVVVEEE them…almost as much as the subject matter! And I love you!

  6. Mary Visger

    Oh my gosh!!!!! Jen, you have been my favorite photographer for several years now…BUT…you just jumped to the BEST in the entire world!!! (Do you think the subject matter has anything to do with that??) I love, LOVE, LOVVVVVEEE them…almost as much as the subject matter! And I love you!

  7. Jennifer Spears

    TANDEM!!!!! :)

  8. Jennifer Spears

    TANDEM!!!!! :)

  9. So beautiful! I want that feather in her hair :) These are great pics, no surprise;)

    • Aww thanks, Andrea! Well… She gets her hair done by the fabulous Gillian at Chaos Studio in Mt Clemens ;)

  10. So beautiful! I want that feather in her hair :) These are great pics, no surprise;)

    • Aww thanks, Andrea! Well… She gets her hair done by the fabulous Gillian at Chaos Studio in Mt Clemens ;)

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