Mark and Emily Engaged!

I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly excited I was to do this shoot!

There aren’t words that really describe what Emily is to me. Best and friend just don’t quite seem to cover it. Emily and I lived together for a few years in school at BYU-Hawaii. There is nothing quite like a roommate. She is the one person who has always had my back, been truly happy for me when good things happen and a support when things fall apart. She has seen me at my best and worst – literally and figuratively. I have always wanted and prayed for all the happiness this world can offer for my dearest friend.

Mark has been the love of her heart… well… always.  I am so honored that I get to be a part of their wedding process and thrilled to be able to capture a little glimpse of their love for them to treasure. I think these images are gorgeous. You can see how much these two love each other, and there is nothing more beautiful than that.

Back in college, we found a song called “Unsent” by Alanis Morisette. In it, she writes brief, but poignant letters to the lost loves of her past. At the time, I was playing around with writing – songs, poems, really bad essays etc. I decided to write an “Unsent” verse for several of my roommates, and a few for myself as well. I found them the other day.

Dear Mark,

You’re my best friend.

I want to thank you for the times you let me sit on your couch and bawl my eyes out.

I’m not sure when it was that I fell in love with you. It must have been a gradual thing that took years to happen.

I know our timing has never been quite right, but I dream about the day when I can just hold your hand…

…and tell you without resignation that I love you…

…and I want to spend forever in your arms.

Someday I’ll have the courage to say this all to your face, and until then I’ll patiently wait.

All my love,

Your Best Friend.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your love story Emily and Mark. I adore you both and am over the moon happy for you! I can’t wait to capture your wedding day next month. Love love love! -Parky

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