Friday, May 27, 2011

love and marriage and happy things like that

Remember these people? In December I told you they were courting.
And as of last Friday (the night before my graduation), they're engaged. 

They're gonna get married. They're gonna have a wedding. Crazy stuff like that.

Rebekah has been an awesome friend for a long time, and Benjamin, well, he's been an amazing brother forever. Being the snoopy matchmaker that I am, I decided they should get together long before it actually happened... but maybe not before Benjamin himself was getting ideas. : ) Not only are they both beautiful, intelligent people, they are both interested in weird math and science things, they got a long really well, plus they looked adorable together. 

They are alike in a lot of ways, but their personalities are way different. Rebekah is outgoing, bubbly, and definitely a talker. Benjamin is one of the most dependable and rock-solid people I know. He's more reserved, but he loves socializing, and he is a world-class listener. Their differences compliment each other perfectly.

And she makes him smile.

When it actually happened, when Benjamin told us he'd talked to her dad, it was one of those "oh my word, I've wanted this and planned for this so long... and it's actually going to happen! INSANE." moments. I've had a lot of those. 

I so admire them for the way they went about their relationship. He proved himself to her dad and had his complete approval before he set about wooing her and stealing her heart. But when he did, oh, how he did.

Basically, I LOVE THEM. I love the way he looks at her when she's being crazy. I love the way he listens to sappy love songs now. I love the way he points to her face framed on his wall and says "I like her." I love the way his driving terrifies her sometimes. I love the way she talks about him to me.

I love that they love each other.

Together, they are going to do amazing things. And their kids are going to be CRAZY CUTE. And their hair is going to be awesome.

So on Friday night, relatives gathered at her family's house, and we waited and waited for them to get back from their dinner, which we all knew would be followed by THE QUESTION.

Benjamin texted us some updates...

And finally they arrived, engaged and holding hands and beaming, amidst the screams and cheers of the room full of people. : )

So, so happy. As soon as she got into the room she screamed "WE'RE GONNA GET MARRIED!"

Oh, he was so smug.

The dad approves of the ring. : )

After the hugs and the shrieking abated, they sat down to tell us The Story. 

He took her to that same park in Portland that I took pictures of them at a few weeks ago, and he got down on one knee...and he told he loved her, and he needed her... and asked her to marry him. She cried.

Benjamin custom-designed the ring for her, so it would be the perfect ring. Which it is.

The wedding is planned for November, and YES, I get to be a bridesmaid!

edit: I had to include this picture of them--right after he put the ring on her finger. Taken on Ben's camera phone. But probably my favorite picture of them, ever.


  1. how. precious! Ooooohh, I've always wanted to be a bridesmaid! Your so lucky!
    Congrats to your brother!


  2. That's amazing!! My birthday is in November. On the 10th. I may be turning fourteen close to the day they get married!! :D

    So happy for them. They're so cute together!!

  3. Congratulations! They make such a cute couple, I'm sure they'll be VERY happy together!

  4. How awesome!! What a great story, and the pictures are fabulous--you do a great job with photography! Congrats to them both :)

  5. Congratulations to them! :D Those are sweet pictures :) and that's a gorgeous engagement ring.


  6. Congratulations to them! They look like such a sweet couple. =)

  7. Oooh, this is WONDERFUL! :D I've been waiting for this! =) Congratulations to both of them! They are adorable together, and seem like a wonderful couple. =)

  8. Congratulations! Maybeeee you'll be an aunt soon! Wouldn't that be lovely?
    I'm so happy for you, your family, and you brother and his wife-to-be... congrats again and again!

    -- Acacia

  9. Awww, so sweet! They make such a cute couple! Congrats to your brother, and have fun with all the wedding festivities - my own brother actually just got married last weekend, weddings are so much fun!

    Chic on the Cheap

  10. Susie, I was literally beaming from ear to ear the WHOLE post. I am so excited for this one!!! One of my best friends is getting MARRRIIIIEEEEDDD!!! = DDDD

  11. Oh my goodnessss!!! I was grinning from ear to ear and laughing the whole time I was reading this!Congratulations to them both!! :D I'm so excited for you guys!!

  12. Okay.. I don't know any of these people or the background story too much... BUT THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND BEAUTIFUL! :)

    I love God-written love stories....
    It made me feel all mushy inside, hehehe :)

    Thanks for sharing.. and I love the pics!


  13. I seriously almost cried. What a special event that you have chronicled with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  14. YAY!!! So exciting!! I loved seeing the pictures you took earlier, but this makes me so happy to see them engaged!!! :) I'm so excited for them! Congrats!

  15. haha So happy for them!! They are adorable together!!

  16. I want pix of you in your bridesmaid's dress!!! And wow, that's soo cool they're gettin married!!!!! ;D

  17. Awh!!! I am sitting here with happy, sappy tears in my eyes and oh so excited, goofy laughter. I do not know them but I wish them the best and hope their engagement and marriage is filled with God!
    Through Christ,

  18. This is so sweet. My brother actually married my childhood best friend. SO neat to have her as part of my family.

  19. Oh, so sweet! I can't wait for the time when this happens to me... :) God bless their new life together!


  20. Congrats to the two of them!!! That's so exciting!

  21. Awesome!
    I enjoyed reading this post and see how great God works in the lives of these two :) Congrats...
    You have a great talent to write in a captivating way...keep it up!

  22. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I'm gonna come back and read this post.
    It makes me RIDICULOUSLY happy.

  23. That is so exciting! And you get to be a bridesmaid? How cool is that! So happy for you guys!

  24. Congrats! I LOVE the ring! :D May God Bless them with this new point in life for them!

  25. Lovely ring.

    ♥ sécia

  26. I don't even know your family, and I was squealing and nearly cried! Soooo sweet. ♥

  27. Awww! This made my day! It made me feel all warm and mushy and sappy inside.. Also, it made me SOOO excited!!
    We Are Going To Be SISTERS!!!
    My fav part: Our kids are going to be cute and have awesome hair, haha!
    No, but really, thank you dear! love, love you!

  28. This is so sweet and wonderful! Congratulations to your brother and soon-to-be sister!

  29. what a precious post to share on line with us all! love it!!! congratulations to all of you!

  30. What great photos! SUch a sweet post :)

  31. Yay!!! What a sweet story! :) *happy day*

  32. Congrats to the couple!! I loved all the photos and the cute story..... :) Was fun to read!!

  33. that is so sweet and exciting! they are adorable :) the ring is gorgeous!

    much love♥

  34. Congratulations! The pics are great. The wedding ring is very beautiful. How did he custom make it? They look so happy. I love that he texted updates. Ha ha ha!

  35. tell your bro and soon to be sis in law congrats!! that is so exciting. for serious.

  36. That's AWESOME!! My brother recently got engaged as well. :D I also get to be a bridesmaid. Yay!

  37. That first picture just makes me happy. Congrats to the whole family!

  38. Congrats! They look so adorable together! Btw, that ring looks absolutely gorgeous. :)

  39. Oh my word. This is SO SO SO beautiful. They are just a gorgeous couple, and her ring makes me uberly happy. Soooo exciting!!! :D

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    I really love your blog, and as I have said before, I am going to be reading it whenever I can! I am a christian, too. I live in Victora, Australia, with my parents and younger brother.

    I am 14 years old, go to a private school, and love to dance! I would love to get to 'know,' you more. You seem really awesome.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

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  41. That ring is GORGEOUS. Congrats to them!

  42. how exciting! i love weddings! i hope you ahve fun being a bridesmaid! i'm being one in a week : )


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