I have known Nicole for over 10 years. And in those 10 years I've known her to often be in the state of being a complete ball of stress because she is one of those people who just takes on too many things. Whether it be reading to children at inner city schools, practicing her doulahood, or saving the lives of neglected animals, she always has something extra on her plate. Yes folks, this is a real life do gooder. And Jake is no exception. In fact they met while she was working at the Rochester Humane Society because Jake came in to volunteer.
The point is that on her wedding day she was so happy and relaxed and full of joy that I almost had to pinch myself. Seeing her like this brought tears to my eyes many times throughout the day, and in the days since.
Aside from how much love there is between these two people and the great connection they have, which you can see described here, the other really amazing thing about the day was the love between both of their families. I don't know if I've ever seen two groups of people more welcoming of each other, and of everyone else around them. It was nothing but completely moving and inspiring. Here is what Herb, Jake's Father, posted on his facebook page the morning after the wedding:
"The wedding was wonderful. Extremely well planned, great taste in evereything, food, clothing, setting, and I have never had so many pictures of myself taken in an entire life. Nicole's family was absolutely wonderful. You know the worry that you will not click with your son's in laws? They immediately made us feel like family and they are nice, entertaining and I do not remember having more fun or feeling like family in my entire life."
So to wrap it up I'd like to give a huge giant heartfelt congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Smith. Thank you sooo much from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to be such an intimate part of your amazing and memorable day. It was one for the history books.