Anya and I met in 2007 just once before becoming house-mates. We lived together for almost a year doing almost everything together; Anya is a fast-talking Russian who loves life and adventure. Her passion for life rubbed off on me and we quickly became friends and hung out every chance we had. We were each other's sounding board when it came to dealing with relationships (i.e: when I started dating Chris and she with her male friends that always wanted more . . . but were never good enough in my opinion). We hiked, camped, and shopped together. It was a very fun year.
A year later she was in my wedding and we have kept in touch fairly well throughout my recent life transitions. I was not going to miss this event in her life for anything!
|The beautiful bride just hanging out before the ceremony|
|She's so excited!|
|It was such a beautiful day—we couldn't have asked for better weather|
(we did ask for it . . . all day Friday while it rained)
|Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Inman|
|Getting ready for the party!|
|Swing dancing . . . this started with Anya and I deciding|
to take lessons on Sundays while we lived together
(Note: Both of our husband's began dating us after becoming our dance partners!)
|Love that smile!|
|Off they go!|
|He's such a lucky guy|
The day was wonderful! The ceremony was beautiful and the reception and dance were a blast. During the reception I was able to spend some time with my other very good friends and dancing like no one was watching (and then someone showed me photos! yikes!)
|Josh -- oh Josh how we have missed you!|
|Liz & Ben -- two of the most wonderful people I know!|
I have been blessed to have so many fantastic friends (all over the country). There is something so special and sweet about seeing such good friends after a long time apart. And being present for such a monumental occasion! I can only describe it as being good for my soul. I needed this.
Friends, I love you all! Thanks for being in my life!