We have a wedding today. This wedding has been a long time in the coming. The couple have been friends for eight years (...I think, longer than I've known either of them, anyway). They've been dating just over a year and today is the one-year anniversary of their engagement.
It's been a tough year. They've had to postpone this wedding twice, already. They've dealt with mental illness, job loss, and overcoming some serious issues from past relationships. They cut their guest list from 250 to 40. They termed the simple wedding invitation "immediate family (this means you)." I am honored to be considered family.
To my friends: I am so happy to be a part of this special day for you. I can't wait to see the dress I've heard so much about. I am so excited for you both, as you become husband and wife, taking that exhilarating and scary next step into the unknown future. God has already blessed you with one another and a wonderful community of family and friends. May He continue to pour out His blessings on you as two become one.