I've somehow managed to build a life for myself that is about 80% magic.
I went to school in Chicago at Columbia College and it was there that I first met Lauren. We are both natural leaders and when our professor imposed a semester-long full-class group project, we more or less shouldered the entire burden of the work (group projects - am I right?) and through that, we realized we were also very similar ladies and our friendship naturally bloomed.
Lauren met Matt in class at Columbia as well and from the very beginning it was clear that these two had something pretty special. We won't talk about the first time I met Matt (at a super loud club in Wrigleyville for Lauren's birthday) and wasn't his biggest fan (two guys were vying for her attention and I wasn't totally sure who was who and it was loud and I hate crowds and just immediately decided I didn't like either of them). Needless to say, I am THRILLED Lauren ignored my opinion because over the years, Matt has become one of my absolute favorite people in the world.
Since college, the three of us have only become closer. During my extended summer stays in Chicago for work, I lived with them and our crisp summertime Chi nights were full of last minute ice cream runs, coffee-filled mornings, and countless Sunday family brunches. The life that these two have built together is so beautiful and happy that getting to witness little peeks into it has really affirmed my belief in true love. So, when Matt popped the question and wedding planning was in full swing, I was beyond thrilled when they asked me to do their flowers. And when I say, "They asked me to do their flowers" I mean "I demanded they let me do their flowers and they agreed". Moving right along.