I’ve known David pretty much my entire life. We grew up one street away from each other and became the reason why parents in the neighborhood installed fences around their homes – to prevent us from taking any possible shortcuts through their backyards on days we visited each other to play Mortal Kombat, make comic books, drool over his dad’s laser disc collection, and unsuccessfully watch our chins attempt to grow the slightest bit of facial hair.
David was a kid with a big heart and he was always so eager to learn about people and their unique qualities. He didn’t judge you if you were different than the other kids – and that was a rare thing to see growing up as a teenager. He was never afraid to be himself and I think that’s what made people gravitate towards him any time he entered a room. As you can tell, it was hard for me to accept him and his family’s move to Atlanta during my final year in high school. I truly believed at the time, that I had lost, not only my best friend, but a piece of my identity as well.
Although we remained in touch with each other throughout the years, it wasn’t until the day before his wedding that I was finally able to witness his life in Atlanta with my very own eyes. I can say that he is still the smart, charismatic being who is constantly surrounded by people he loves and the people who love him back. He has built a tight bond with his brother and parents that I’ve never seen growing up – you can tell that they are truly proud of him and all of his accomplishments. And most importantly, he has a beautiful, genuine, and kind-hearted partner to share his life with!
Jessica simply brightens a room the way you expect a person who’s so passionate about life would. You almost want to hate them because of how cute they are for each other, but you can’t because of how much they make you smile and how easily they can make you cry when you see them express their love for one another and their love for God. They truly are blessed people who deserve the world and we are blessed to be a small part of their lives.
Congrats to the most beautiful bride and groom! We love you from the bottom of our hearts.
D + L