I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with TJ and Samara in Whistler, British Columbia. Yep, a wintery wedding with snow, mountains, Uggs, and even a one-horse open sleigh.
TJ and Sam are, in a word, incredible. Both combat medical officers in the U.S. Army they met under the most insane conditions overseas and became the very best of friends. In the brief time I got to know them I was humbled and deeply impressed by their compassion and selflessness, and couldn't help but feel deep gratitude for their service and sacrifice. I don't pretend to understand what they went through during their tours, or what combat is like, or how it feels to witness what they have seen, but I do know this. They belong together and there isn't a person in their presence who could tell you otherwise.
But they were also light-hearted, snowboard-loving, a ton of fun, and up for anything as you can see from their photos. I think they would have put on the snowboards had we asked, but the martini luge was calling for them. It was veeery tempting though. The intimate dinner was spectacular, the sleigh rides cold but thrilling, and their wedding song, the acoustic version of Rob Thomas' "Ever the Same", just could not have been more perfect.
The icing on the cake (forgive the pun) was shooting it with one of my best buddies and favorite photographers, Lori of Sweet Pea Photography. I could tell you lots of great things about Lori and our long and treasured friendship, but that's a post for another day.
Thank you Sam and TJ, for everything. Keep safe and be well.
"But what if they DO come?" she asked, her hands pressed together, an uncontainable smile on her face, and her hopeful, chocolate-brown eyes looking up at me. Ugh. She really meant it. I don't do pragmatic very well when it comes to squashing kids' dreams, and really, sometimes just the possibility of it happening, however remote, is better than no chance at all.
I answered, "THAT would be so cool."
So the Jonas Brothers have been officially invited to Dylan's 8th birthday party. In August. Luckily we have about 5 months to work out the details, and we discussed that they will probably be on tour, but she can dream about it in the meantime. Hopefully they can sing a song or two before they hurry off. Or even if just Nick (the curly-haired one, she favors him because he has diabetes just like a friend of hers) can come we'll be thrilled.
I'll keep you posted on that one.