Once upon a time there lived a girl who had a brother, but no sister. This girl had wished for a sister all her adult life. About a year ago, her brother gave her what she had longed for: a sister of her very own.
Once upon a time there lived a little girl who dreamed of magical white dresses, a walk down a long aisle, and baskets of flowers. About a year ago, a pretty lady kindly made a little girl's dream come true.
Once upon a time there lived a man who was single for quite a while, waiting for the woman that made his heart whole. About a year ago, this man married that woman and they made a new life together in a magical city.
My brother and his wife, Lynn just had their first anniversary. I've been thinking about them and their wonderful wedding. It was a simple celebration, held in their backyard. Only their best friends and family attended, and it was absolutely perfect. The wedding was more about people and relationships than dresses and cake. We actually spent more time enjoying each other than we did smiling for pictures. We laughed and celebrated and even shared a few sentimental tears. The bride and groom cooked dinner for us while we laughed, slapped at sand fleas, and laughed some more.
It felt like this:
Every couple has three circles. His family. Her family. Their heart's family, made up mostly of friends. Instead of struggling to merge those circles, or being content to keep them separate, Brett and Lynn flung their arms wide and invited all of us in.
By the time we left Savannah, the most magical of cities, we all felt like old friends. Brett and Lynn's love, for each other, for their family, for their friends, for their adopted city, gave us all a magical weekend we'll never forget. About a year ago their vast love made more than one dream come true.
Happy, happy anniversary to my brother and the sister he gave to me.
All the photographs were taken by me in Savannah, Georgia in October, 2007.
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