Gariet is one of my oldest friends; we grew up as neighbors in an area where there weren’t any other kids around. Even though we were a year apart in school and were involved in different activities, we still hung out and spent our summers together. It was through him that I met my wife of 9 years, Tara. He was the best man at my wedding and gave a somewhat short and non-descriptive speech at the reception (he was extremely nervous and out of his element!)
Gariet is a class clown and wasn’t really into being tied down by a single lady. We stayed in touch but didn’t get to hang out as much since I was in a different place in my life with the addition of 3 wonderful boys. His bachelor lifestyle changed when he met Jenn. She’s not the typical girl Gariet went for, and I think that is a good thing 🙂 I haven’t ever seen a girl that puts up with the goofy stuff he does non-stop and still smiles and brushes it off. She loves him for being himself and that’s what matters most. She is a teacher, and is tons of fun to be around and hang out with. True to his style, he proposed to her singing karaoke.
This wedding will be a little different for me since I will be in front of the camera for once as the best man. That’s right, I finally get to pay Gariet back for that day 9 years ago. I haven’t really thought about what all I am going to say, but I will be sure to remind him of some of our best moments throughout these last 23 years.
We spent a recent weekend staying at the National Harbor area around Washington DC. It was a needed break from the normal routine and a nice relaxing time for everyone. We had a chance to head over to Old Town Alexandria and the Mall area of Washington DC, and while we were there I took some time to shoot an engagement session for them. It was unseasonably warm that day, and the time of day and the beautiful light made for some awesome photos. I can’t wait for their wedding this August!