For me, having friends around is everything. I was an only child and grew up in a very small family. I had cousins, but didn’t spend a lot of time with them as a kid. Once my parents and I moved to Europe and eventually to the U.S., the three of us was all the family I knew. And since my father’s death, the family I knew has gotten even smaller. That’s why one of the most meaningful memories of my wedding was having our amazing friends come from all corners of the country to witness our special day.
They came from Texas, Michigan, Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Florida and elsewhere. We met and made lifetime friends in diverse stages of life: childhood friends, co-workers, law school classmates, colleagues, volunteer fire fighters, concert buddies or friends of friends who became dear friends. No matter how we met, no matter how long we’ve known each other, what these people all have in common is one thing: their friendships mean the world to us.
I drew love, strength and courage from their presence and it was amazing to look around and see nothing but the faces of people who love and support us. After the wedding, we sent thank you cards to our guests for their love, support, generosity, and for coming out despite the trouble of traveling far and wide. I don’t know if they really understood how important it was to have them there.
So, this post is to pay homage to these remarkable, dedicated, loyal, sweet, funny, enthusiastic, devoted, generous people whom we call our friends. We love and thank you for who you are.