I first met my Chantalion (you may call her Chantal) in the hallway of a church. Technically, I met her when we lived in the same neighborhood when we were very young. But the first time we really became friends was in a church hallway in our early 20s. The story is long (really long) from there, but suffice it to say, that meeting in the hallway was no accident.
There's a lot of details of late-night talks, long (really long) walks, dancing recklessly to Bon Iver, laughing until snorting occurs, adventures of the best kind, seeing each other through the ups and downs of our love lives, thrift store shopping, handling the tough (really tough) pieces of life, a failed attempt to climb a tree...the list goes on. I think God sometimes gives us someone to go to heaven and hell and back with us, because He knows it's just who we need in the passenger seat. Personally, I couldn't be more grateful to have this precious soul along for the ride.
First, a photo history of our friendship...
And now on to some wedding shots!
Her wedding involved wildflowers, sunshine, a historic brick home, simple decor, a small group of people, soft music and brunch. It was quaint, simple and perfect. And, solidified my strong desire to just get married in an inexpensive white dress, wrap myself in a plaid flannel shirt and row a canoe off into the sunset.
p.s. She met her new husband on none other than eHarmony. Lest you doubt the effectiveness of online romancing.
Update: To answer a question from the comments, my yellow & white striped bridesmaid dress is from eShakti -- the company that lets you customize measurements, sleeve type, neckline and length on any dress. Talk about a neat idea! Plus, the dress has POCKETS. Score!