MEET THE COUPLE / by Elizabeth Leese

Hunter and I met when my older sister married his best friend. The first time I saw him my eyes popped out of my head, but alas, at the time I was 16 and he was 21 so I went unnoticed. A few years later we reconnected at a music festival and this time, his eyes did the popping. I, on the other hand, was unconvinced. The festival was followed by a summer of letter writing, late night phone calls, and a college photography course that just so happened to be in the town where he lived. That summer, we rescued a kitten, cooked every evening, got eaten alive by mosquitos watching the moon, and fell head over heels in that awful Texas heat. Needless to say, it did not take long for us to realize that we made a great team. After more than two years of dating, my heart still leaps when I look at him because I know our strength as a couple has withstood adversity and been defined by compromise, selflessness, and our faith. On November 25th Hunter asked me to be his wife and to do the honor of making him "the happiest man on earth". Of course, I said YES! We are now looking forward to a beautiful wedding in Ireland and a loving, giving life together!