their history.  it was one of the first things she shared with me when we first met.  their parents had been long-time friends and they had played together as preschoolers years and years ago.  but when a family move separated them, the story seemed to stop.

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fast-forward with me to late 2010, and as quickly as it had been interrupted, their story picked right back up when they reconnected over facebook.

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one thing led to another and last weekend, their lives were permanently tied together at a sweet ceremony at vestavia hills baptist church. i began the day with katie for her bridal photos, and she proved to make a stunning bride.

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i loved our time together, and as i was tucking katie away so i could begin working with harlan, she giggled and said, he may not laugh as much as we did because i’m just more fun than he is.

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needless to say, the first thing i did was tell harlan what his bride-to-be had lovingly said about him, and it worked beautifully as he rose to the challenge and took some dashing photos himself.

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of course, the pep talk from each of the dads really helped loosen things up. katie and harlan’s parents each got married on the exact same day 41 years ago so they had plenty of advice on long-lasting marriages.

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katie and harlan, i’m so thankful that you asked me to be a part of your special day, and i pray that in 41 years you’ll be passing down your own marriage advice. congrats!!

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