This is my sweet sisterfriend Emily and her husband-to-be, Matt. Emily is probably one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. I met her in 2006 when we moved into Meredith College as little freshmen. We became roommates after we graduated in 2010 in a totally happenstance (read: handpicked) way. I was driving down Blue Ridge Road some weeks after graduation, still living on campus in the apartments. I had just interviewed for and gotten my first teaching job, but I had no roommate nor secured a place to live. I noticed the car in front of me had a Meredith alum sticker and I thought “Hmm, that looks like Emily!” and I can’t remember if I called her or followed her back to Meredith but she had just interviewed for a job in the area and if she got it she was looking for a roommate and apartment in the area. It all happened kind of fast, but in just a few weeks she and I were roommates at Garner’s finest apartment complex with a lease and the whole shebang. It was the best of times. We hung out, she went to work, I went to the pool (still summertime), once school started we watched NCIS every night and ate cereal for dinner, hypothesized when we would get engaged, and talked about getting a puppy. It was so, so great. I have realized since moving in with a boy that Emily is by far the best roommate in the world (no offense, Marshall). Matt, you are a lucky, lucky man. Together, we loved that colorful, usually messy (my room at least), big girl apartment. In retrospect, I wish I didn’t spend that time wishing it away (like, we were kind of obsessed with getting married and just wanted to get engaged already!) because all too soon, those apartment walls were beige and belonged to someone new. It flew by too quickly, but that year still remains one of my favorite of all time. There is just something about single girls learning to live on their own together that makes you so much more than friends. Okay, so these two. I love them. That is a huge understatement. Between the two of them, their heart sizes combined must be bigger than the moon! When I announced my photo fundraising for Peru, Emily was one of the first people to get in touch. They are so much fun to be around, so real, so genuine, so silly, so generous, so hilarious, so just very much in love (so, please move to Raleigh please). It has been such a privilege to watch them battle the hard things like the long distance relationship (for years, I tell you. Years!), loss and just the general unknown of the future and come out so much stronger. It has been complete joy to watch them celebrate the fun things like living in the same town, getting jobs, graduations, and oh, you know, getting married. I just love these two, plain and simple. Congratulations on your engagement, I am so honored to be a part of your day.