Hilary and I met on Picture Day in 11th grade, back in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was both of our first weeks at a new school. 11th grade is probably the worst grade possible to start a new school, and I didn’t have high hopes for making good friends there my last two years of high school, particularly because I was much more shy and introverted than I am now. I was standing in line in the gym, waiting my turn to have my photo taken, when this bubbly blonde girl appeared. I’m paraphrasing, but I’m pretty sure she said something along the lines of, “Hi, I’m Hilary! You’re in my algebra class! Let’s be best friends!” And pretty much just like that, we were. Now, twelve years later, I cannot even begin to imagine my life without her. I didn’t expect to make any friends that year, and ended up walking away with a sister.
The first time Hilary called me and told me about this guy she’d met – Drew – I knew immediately this was different. I had never heard her gush about anyone the way she was gushing about him. (Oh man, I hope I’m allowed to say this. Sorry, Hilary.) When I finally got to meet him and see the two of them together, over brunch when John and I were down South visiting, I could see what all the fuss was about. John and I left the restaurant that morning, and I just laughed, “Hilary is totally going to marry that guy.” So when they got engaged a few months ago, I can’t say I was surprised at all; just totally overjoyed that my best friend had found someone so wonderful and who compliments her personality so well. Hilary and I have been through so much together in the years we’ve been friends, and I have definitely never seen her this happy before.
I went down to D.C. to spend the weekend with them in April, see their new apartment, and of course I insisted on taking engagement photos. (This is the peril of being one of my loved ones, I will insist you let me take your photograph at any available opportunity.) We explored the gorgeous neighborhood of Capitol Hill, and I loved the photographs we captured. I feel like their personalities really shine through. Obviously I’m not shooting this wedding, since I’m in it. (And I have a lot to live up to, since Hilary was pretty much the greatest maid of honor in the history of weddings – this is my favorite photo of us everrrrr.)
Hilary & Drew, thank you so much for letting me take your portraits. I am crazy excited for your wedding next May, and John and I are so incredibly happy for you both. Love you guys times a million. xo