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The second-to-last Saturday in July, my wonderful and long-time friend, Stephanie, married her man, Martin. Steph and Martin have been our favorite “couple friends” since they moved to near the neighborhood where we lived in Denver. Steph and Nat and I were all friends at one time or another in high school, and it was so nice to have her in my life again, and so close.

Stephanie was the most beautiful bride in her blue, sparkly gown. I have always thought she has the most gorgeous smile. It was such a sweet moment to help her get ready. I found the tiniest white spider in her veil, which is apparently good luck, and of course cried during their entire ceremony. We had a great time at the wedding. I’m so happy to have been a part of it.

I’ll never forget Stephanie’s grandmother stopping me on her way out and telling me with such emotion in her voice how happy she was that Stephanie and I have made our friendship work over the years. We had a falling out and lived separate lives for a while, but due to the grace and forgiveness and redemption that is possible and that I value above almost all else in life, I feel truly blessed to call her one of my best friends. It was a night filled with lots of joy.