Meredith has something about her that just makes you want to BE her. Obviously the first thing you notice is how gorgeous she is, because let’s face it – she makes movie stars look ugly. But then she talks to you and listens to you and is interested in what you have to say. She encourages you and lifts you up and just makes you feel better by just being around her. So there really is no question to why AJ would have fallen for her immediately. AJ is warm. He’s incredibly endearing and handsome with a boyish charm. He’s great for conversation and wins you over within 30 seconds or as soon as he smiles – whichever comes first. So there is no question why she fell for him upon meeting him.
It was New Year’s Day, and turning this new leaf meant giving up on trying to find someone special and just let things happen as God planned. So Shawn got online and went onto Match.com to delete her account. That’s when she noticed Steve. There was something about his photo. He seemed sweet and down to Earth and wasn’t one of those cheeseball guys posting photos of himself half naked. So – on a whim – she gave him a wink.
They were both in the High School Marching Band together. He was in the drumline while she played tenor saxophone. She was an awkward Freshman – braces and all, while he was older and cooler. She admired him and thought he was SO cute, but it wasn’t until later on into college and out of the braces that they really started talking. She’d grown into a beautiful girl and he seized the opportunity and asked her out.
She wasn’t settling for anything less than butterflies. The kind of love that makes you a little weak in the knees. And when she finally came across her old high school buddy Nate, she just knew. He wanted someone to nurture and care for. To value and cherish. And no one looked at him the way she does. It’s a love so close you barely know where one ends and the other begins. They are molded together and simply made for one another. Her hands were shaking as she walked to him, and tears gently rolled down his cheeks as he read the card she’d taken all morning to write. There was no denying that they had what it takes to make love last forever. And today was the day to do just that. Enjoy Jennifer & Nathan’s wedding day!
We took a self portrait at the end of the night with our Kodak 4MP camera. We sat on the chair in the bedroom of that log cabin, and while that entire day was a blur – that moment is etched in my soul. I remember feeling that nothing in the world was ever going to shake us. That whatever we wanted, we’d achieve. Ambitious and determined. That THIS was the beginning of something great. When I look at all the little moments within the past 7 years since that instance, I think of achievements, conquering life’s difficulties hand in hand, little gestures to lift one another’s spirits, and the fact that if we took that self portrait today – I’d still feel that this was the beginning of something great.