Just a little over two months ago my friends, Julia and Michael, got married in Washington, DC at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Since I wasn’t there as their official photographer, this post is going to be a bit different than my usual photo post… It is a video montage of Julia and Michael’s wedding! Keep in mind, I didn’t use professional equipment as the footage was supposed to have a home movie feel but I was able to catch some really great moments.
After the best man and maid of honor toasts, the DJ opened the mic to anyone who’d like to say something about the couple. So many groomsmen were saying glowing things about Michael that I wanted to stand up and sing praises of Julia. However, I didn’t prepare anything and I’m not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person. After the wedding, I did spend time thinking about what I would have said and so I thought I’d share it with you all here:
Hello there, my name is Monique and you may remember me from that beautiful wedding ceremony an hour ago! (cue laughter) Anyone who knows Julia knows that she’s the first to sing praises of her friends. For example, those menus you are looking at were hand written by her lovely maid of honor, Courtney. Julia is probably one of my biggest cheerleaders when it comes to starting my own photography business. It’s not uncommon to hear Julia brag that her friends are talented, inspiring, and all around ah-mazzz-ing. Of course it’s all true (more laughter). However, I think it’s time for me to do a bit of bragging.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have known Julia since freshman year of college. I won’t make you do the math, but yes, that’s 10 years! Fate brought us together in a business class when we were picked to be on the same team for a rather important group project. We may have been introduced because of the group project but that really wasn’t the start of our true friendship.
For context, my roommates liked to eat early so Wednesdays when my class ran later I usually did my own thing and found food elsewhere (no one dares enter the cafe solo at Dickinson). However, one Wednesday happened to be the biggest meal of the year… the Dickinson cafe Thanksgiving feast! My friends were so excited and anxious that they could not wait until I was out of class for such a feast. Julia saw that disappointment in my eyes and took me under her wing. She made me feel very welcome with her friends and the rest is history. I know it may sound like something small but it truly meant the world to me and is very fitting that it was Julia who did the taking care of me at the start of our friendship.
It’d be a lie to make it seem like we were best friends that were attached at the hip but we always kept in touch throughout college no matter where in the world that journey took both of us. She was there for all of the major moments in my life and we had some really fun times together. After college, I lived at home in PA for a few years until I found a job and moved to DC. The move happened quite quickly and I didn’t get a chance to call all of my friends that lived in the DC area. However, thanks to the magic of Facebook, it only took Julia mere minutes to find out that moved just two blocks away from her!
When she called I believe she even referred to me as an angel sent from heaven.Since that moment we’ve been through a lot together, both moments that we will never want to forget as well as those we wished never happened. We’ve done our fair share of leaning on each other for support. I could go on for days about the thoughtful things that Julia did like bring me bagels when I was hungover or medical supplies when my finger was closed in a car door. However, all that matters is that we learned that both of us would do anything for each other.
More often than not, I call Julia when I need a laugh since she is hands down one of the funniest people that I know. We both have an appreciation for dry humor, so we just feed off of each other and spend a lot of time cracking up. And I’m referring to the laugh-so-hard-we-cry type of laughing. Pretty much any friend that I’ve ever introduced Julia to has instantly fallen in love with her quick-witted humor. Even people she’s met years ago still ask about her because they just enjoy being around her that much. That is why I wasn’t surprised that Mike was instantly taken with her.
What I admire the most about Mike and Julia is that they’ve been able to have such a strong relationship even though the bulk of it has been via long distance. I personally know how trying a long distance relationship can be, as I’m sure many of us in room do. I can’t imagine dealing with that in addition to the added stress of having a loved one sometimes in harm’s way. I admire how easy they make it look even in the most difficult of times. I have no doubt in my mind that this relationship has a solid foundation which will allow them to have a successful and lasting marriage. It was an honor to be a part of their ceremony today but I’m looking forward to celebrating many future milestones for these two lovebirds. Cheers!
I would like to give a huge shout out to Michelle Lindsay Photography for allowing me to watch her in action and for allowing me to enjoy the day as a guest behind a different type of lens. I was simply blown away by her stunning images of Julia and Michael which you can see by clicking here.
If you’ve made it this far… what are you waiting for?! Watch the video and leave some love below with your thoughts!