Enjoy Weddings | Sam + Emily | Newton White Mansion

the space between us now
will all work out for good somehow.
life takes patience,
and patience takes time,
but i can't get you off of my mind
dave barnes - adeline
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February 21, 2009 8:57 pm
SamBran: btw, my friend emily has become obsessed with your and lydia's blogs
she's mad at my for showing them to her. prime procrastination tool.
Me: haha aww that's cute. blogging is fun.
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We "all" (mostly Lydia and me) promised our good friend Sam that he was going to find a wife at Hillsdale College.  We just knew it.  Now, we were also convinced this wife would be a dumb blonde goof-ball that would drive him crazy.  
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The first time I ever knew Emily existed was on February 21, 2009. I was told she loved mine and Lydia's blogs. On March 23, 2012 Lydia and I (and Ellie!) shot Emily's wedding to Sam.  Today she is on the blog.
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I love Emily for Sam.  Sam is trivia-brilliant.  He knows a lot about a lot.  He's a reader, a thinker, a learner and a worker.  For a young guy this is good, but can also produce big heads.  Though I felt terrible for him (it really was the dumbest punishment ever) it did my heart a little good to see Sam sit through one detention our senior year of highschool.  Just to keep him humble.  Sam was my first friend as a baby (our mothers met when they were pregnant with us, and are still best friends to this day.) His family were like local cousins, or siblings that lived in a different home.  
Emily has softened him.  He's a gentler, kinder man thanks to her.  She's an incredibly capable, deep, good woman.  And not a dumb blonde ;) 
I felt like I was watching my brother get married on Friday.  If I had let myself I would have cried right on through that whole ceremony.  I've never seen Sam happier.  People say "Oh, they were so happy! They smiled all day long." No, I don't think you understand.  Sam smiled ALL. DAY. LONG.  He was smirking during prayers, grinning while singing worship songs.  Jovial, happy and sweet - I would never have called Sam "sweet."  He's sweet now. 
Emily's determination, patience, friendship and companionship is lovely. I love them together.  I loved their wedding.  I love how elegant Emily was and how gracefully she carried herself.  I loved being there.
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It was a happy day.
And I'm happy for you, kids. 
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ps. For a little walk down memory lane, here is some old school I'm Kristen and my fat "big brother."
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Aaaand this is the day Lyds and I met Emily! She was in town but Sam had to work so we took her around muddy hills in a random neighborhood... and a pet store.  We've gotten better at hosting since then.
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Comments

  1. this is so incredibly sweet! it does my heart good to see happy people in love with each other. xo.

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  2. The bride is beautiful, the dress is stunning, and they seem to be having a wonderful wonderful time and can't stop smiling. Hope to see more!

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  3. I remember when you blogged their engagement session. I thought, "dude, their wedding is going to be fun." Except I didn't say dude. But that's a simple detail. And my goodness, it looks like it was fun. Beautiful photos! Their laughter + joy is so present. Happy, happy happy. :)

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  4. mmm...her dress is ALL-kinds-of-gorgeous!!

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  5. I've been looking forward to seeing this wedding since you posted their engagement pictures. They're even more beautiful here.

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