A MISTY ASTORIA, OREGON ENGAGEMENT SESSION
The barista walked over with our breakfast at Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe and said, “Seeing you two run to embrace each other and just stand in the middle of a room in tears as you hugged was like watching something out of a movie! I was totally choking up over how special of a moment it truly was.”
I’d just arrived in Astoria, Oregon to visit you, Moni, my childhood bestie, where you are attending medical school at Western University of Health Sciences with your fiancé Alex.
A misty haze blanketed the Astoria-Megler Bridge in Oregon spanning the mouth of the Columbia River. It hovered over vivid green landscape of Astoria hugging the rooftops of the quiet little town off the coast of Oregon inviting us to cuddle up with a hot cup of coffee.
It felt so good to hug you again my sweet friend! When you introduced me to Alex, I looked into your big blue eyes and held your giant smile in my own. Your excitement for me was contagious, and I could see right then the love you held in your heart for this special man.
I think it’s clear in every photo I took for your engagement shoot just how happy he makes you. I KNOW what that genuine “Moni smile” looks like after 25 years of friendship and laughter. Alex brings that to the surface for you effortlessly.
I’m writing this in Denver, Colorado today due to an unexpected pandemic keeping myself and your loved ones from flying off to Portland, Oregon to celebrate. But I’m still smiling so big that you are getting married anyway! I wish I could be there to give you a GIANT hug and cry ugly tears and reminisce on our childhood and how we somehow got to this day.
I remember walking with you and Marci to our cars one night after soccer practice. The sky was that bright orange, red and pink that you can only see at the top of Sunset Mesa. I remember imagining what our wedding day might look like for each of us. The only thing that was clear, was standing by your side.
A pandemic might have stopped you from physically gathering with everyone you love, but it can never take away the place your loved ones already hold for you in their heart. I know that today will be magical beyond what you imagined.
It will give you butterflies like we had before a soccer game, it will bring excitement like when we rolled in the snow in our swimsuits. It will make you gasp in awe of the beauty of the moment like when we would snowboard down a steep mountainside in Telluride, Colorado.
Moni, you were my first friend in pre-K, my soccer twin, my horseback back riding buddy, my snowboarding/cabin buddy. My chicken-chasing, hot tub-streaking sister-friend.
How blessed am I to call you friend. Today will be so so beautiful and I love you.
I’m so thankful for your family and the support and faith you’ve all given me over the years. I know that you will create these same special memories with Alex as you begin this new chapter in Arizona.
Your twin, Megs