|Ben, me, Seth, Kristen, Aaron, & Liz at one of our many "Friendsmasses"|
It was a very happy day for the friend group when the first marriage happened. The first time Ben told me he liked me, Liz and Kristen jumped around in the room crying happy tears with me. These two sisters are so dear to me. I realized this weekend while helping them move out of their apartment that I can genuinely tell a large amount of cleaning/moving memories that we have shared. That's real friendship, people. I digress. The first wedding didn't add a new member to our group. We left that up to Aaron, who got engaged just days before our union.
I would encourage you to read the story of Aaron and Sarita, if you are the kind of person that enjoys Jesus written love stories. Which you should be. So... go, shoo. Read. Then come back here to finish reading the rest of my post. :) My favorite part is in Aaron's side about when Sarita won prom queen.
This weekend was their wedding. Let's be honest, the first time Aaron told us about Sarita we were already trying to guess their wedding date. It was so worth the wait for all of us loving bystanders, and I'm sure the couple would say the same.
|Photo stolen from someone random on Facebook who tagged Sarita. No shame here for my photo stealing!|
|More stolen photos. Sorry to the people of Shawnee.|
I feel like a straight up creep saving this photo of their first kiss to my computer and uploading it to my blog but sometimes you just have to be a creep, I suppose. They saved their first kiss as a couple for their wedding day, and it was perfect. They were giddy. Literally giddy. Their kiss was lengthy. It was great and everyone cheered with such joy. I wish I could put into words all the incredible symbolism that they used in their wedding to point the direction to Christ, but I can't even begin to try. Their ceremony was rich with Jewish traditions.
Yesterday, we got to establish a tradition of our own, a "friend group" photo at every wedding. We initiated our first new member. Wait, that sounds sketchy. We just hugged and welcomed Sarita with welcome arms. We talked about how over the years these pictures would grow. We imagined full baby bellies and toddlers and new spouses being added to the group. Looking at this picture, my heart is full, imagining the faithfulness of God that is only to come.