Well, this week has gone in such a unique direction, I might as well get it all out at once! Two Sundays ago, one of my most dearest friends, Jessica, accepted a ring from one of her dearest friends (and boyfriend), Mark. Jessica's standing joke now is that she will think fondly of her last boyfriend, for he gave her a ring...
I've known these two since high school, that is, wow, 10 years now! Jessica and I became so close in our Junior year people at our school thought that we were sisters, or at the very least, cousins. Even Jessica's mom would get asked if we were her twin daughters in department stores....it's the red hair, and for a while there I'm pretty sure we had the same haircut...what can I say? We are close!
Jessica "met" Mark in high school too, they were working at the same music shop, and started "dating" briefly, I remember they went to Homecoming together one year. And since then, they've stayed really close, witnessing each others strengths and weaknesses, good relationships and bad, growing into the people that they are today. They started dating again earlier this spring.
If there was anyone that I could choose for Jessica to spend the rest of her life with, I would have chosen Mark. Of all the men in her life, he was always close by. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.
*side note: I say they "met" in high school, because they were actually in the same kindergarten class together - so truthfully, they met in kindergarten...this is like my dream love story!
I offered to photograph their engagement session, as a way to say "I love you both!"
These two are some of my all-time favorite people.
Jessica loves to ride carousels. Her birthday is in mid-December, and every year she goes downtown to ride the "Christmas" carousel at Westlake center - so riding a carousel seemed very fitting.
"Jessica and Mark sitting in a tree - K-I-S-S-I-N-G..."
This next shot is one of my favorites from the day...
Look! FooD!!!...no, I didn't make them do this - this was completely their idea. The story goes that this beer brought them together, and not in the way that you might be thinking(!). Their mutual love and admiration for this certain beer, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, somehow set off that spark, that push that made them realize what they were looking for was right in front of them.
I'm so flipping happy for these two! I can not wait for their special day, I wouldn't miss it for the world - and I mean that, I'm flying back from Paris just to be a part of it all.