I don’t remember how Paige found me, or what our first emails were like but I do remember our first meeting. We talked for over an hour about her wedding plans, about our different guys and what it was like dating long distance. It felt like meeting for coffee with a friend.

Watching her walk down the aisle towards the love of her life, I could feel myself tearing up. After years apart, these two were finally going to be together forever. Paige, smiling, crying and laughing all at the same time as she held hands with Mike, quietly grinning at her over the exchange of rings.

Watching their families gather and share stories of their 6-year courtship I couldn’t help but laugh along with them. A month away from my wedding, all the feelings, all the joy was so contagious. I say a prayer for all my couples, that they would prosper together, learn to love even more and find deep and lasting joy. To Paige and Mike, I wish you all the best.