First off, congratulations to this beautiful family!
I'm so happy for Karlee and Austin. When I first met Karlee, we were in middle school. She was in 6th grade, and I was in 7th. Karlee and I had Select Girls Choir together, and my first impression of her was she was just like me. Shy, quiet, but she seemed super nice. We became friends, and then I started high school and I went to a different high school. When I transferred schools, Karlee was once again, in choir with me. She was one of my very first friends in my new school. I got to know her over the years and I can honestly say she is one of the best people I know. She is caring, honest, sweet, kind, realistic, and amazing. I looked up to her. She was not afraid to speak her mind, and I loved that about her.
With Austin, I never really got to know him that well. We had classes together senior year (maybe junior year too?), and I sat next to him in a few of my classes. He seemed like a nice guy, kept to himself. I wish I got to know him better in school. I didn't really get to know him until he and Karlee got engaged. I learned he loves her so much more then what meets the eye. The way he looks at her... you can just see and feel how much he loves her. Karlee has found an amazing man who can love her the way every woman deserves to be loved. I still don't know him very well, but I know just from how much he loves her, he is just as amazing as she is. He is kind to her, sweet, loving, honest, realistic, and amazing. He is an amazing father to their son, Cole. He truly strives to be the man he wants his son to grow up to be. I truly could of not asked for a better person to be in my friend's life.
Karlee, Austin, I am SO happy and proud of you guys. I wish you many years of happiness, love, kindness, honesty, and all the good stuff in life. You;ll have good times, and bad times like any other marriage, but I know you guys will give it your all and beyond because of how much you love each other. You're both so amazing, thank you for letting me not only take part of your wedding as a guest, but also as your photographer and friend.