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The hallways are crowded- full of energetic preteens navigating new friendships, crushes, homework, body odor and all of the awkward goodness that comes along with middle school. This is where David and Linnea met on October 1, 2002 and struck up a friendship.
They continued to grow closer throughout the years, and were best friends throughout high school. They went to prom together junior and senior year and got all of the questions you’d expect. Linnea’s mom would ask, “Why don’t you just date David?” It was always was answered with, “Come on Mom, we’re just friends.”
But maybe Linnea’s mom was right. Somewhere along the way after high school, David & Linnea began noticing what was right in front of them and started dating.
I got to capture the end of this phase of their relationship as they start a brand new adventure in marriage together. It just so happened that October 1 landed on a Saturday this year when they were looking for a wedding date. Why not make their marriage official on the day they became friends? After all, “love is friendship set on fire.”
I knew it was going to be a good day when I arrived at the hotel where the girls were getting ready and singing at the top of their lungs to Spice Girls (“I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want!”), TLC (“I don’t want no scrubs”), and A-Teens (“Upside down, bouncing off the ceiling”) and spontaneously dancing.
As her mom and maid of honor were busily trying to get Linnea buttoned into her beautiful Maggie Sottero gown, Linnea stood quietly with a smile on her face and tears welling up in her eyes as the awesomeness of what was about to happen hit her. She is going to get to spend the rest of her life with her very best friend. The guy who knows her better and loves her more than anyone else. Getting to be included in moments like that gets me all teary-eyed and goose-bumpy, too.
With the warm autumn sun shining behind them, David and Linnea officially became husband and wife. The ceremony was uniquely tailored to David and Linnea’s relationship. They put a lot of thought into making it special for them and included amazing things that I haven’t seen done before.
Instead of the traditional unity candle, they did unity candy creating a special jar of candy that only they get to enjoy. Instead of readings, they each had their mom share some words of wisdom for their marriage. When David’s mom started crying as she was reading her wisdom, Linnea said through her own tears, “It’s ok. It’s already getting ugly.” Nothing could have been further from the truth. The tears, laughter and words of wisdom shared were incredibly beautiful, and something they’ll remember forever.
David and Linnea- you are kind, gracious, joyful and sweet. It was such a pleasure telling your story!