From math problems to wedding rings
I met Bryon when we were just kids in college. We didn’t know each other well, but we sure did run in the same circles. Our lives sort of mirrored each other those four years, especially so when we both graduated and accepted teaching positions with Teach for America. He went to Jacksonville, Florida and I was set to stay in Seattle. For those of you who don’t know, I didn’t become a teacher. But, this story isn’t about me. Maybe another time, I’ll tell you what happened. For now though, I need you to know that Byron did become a teacher. I need you to know this, because that is where he met wonderful Anna.
Anna feels like a friend I have always had. For goodness sakes, we bought the same wedding dress! Not only that, she also rapped every single lyric to “My Shot” from Hamilton. Probably the best musical of all time. The greatest part of this whole story is that I have only met Anna twice. Once during their engagement session and then on their wedding day. But, we exchanged several emails back and forth in the months leading up to the big day. And I knew, I had found a kindred spirit in both Byron and Anna. And y’all know how I feel about kindred spirits!
Port Gamble: Hood Canal Vista
I have never been to Port Gamble. Sure, I fancy myself as the gal who grew up in Washington. I claim to know the state backwards and forwards. But, the islands and the sound are still a big mystery to me. They aren’t easy to get to. And on the busiest weekend of the year for weddings in 2018, I felt as though I was with herds of other people on a pilgrimage of sorts. Every where I looked on the ferry there was another gal in a bright summer dress, a boy who hated his dress shoes, and a couple wearing their nicest outfits for the 100th time that summer. It’s hard to get anywhere by ferry, especially in the summer. And especially when you are on a deadline. But boy, it’s worth it! Being that Anna is from the East Coast, Bryon sure did a great job showing off his hometown. *Crossing my fingers they move back*
Byron and Anna had a beautiful ceremony overlooking the water and surrounded by their closest friends. It felt like a big backyard welcoming everyone in to enjoy the sunset and stay a while. The cake was carefully made by close friends, the playlist was all their favorites, and the hangs were solid. Good times, long hugs, and sweet reunions were had by all. A wonderful way to celebrate a new adventure!
Take a look for yourself…