leonie and i clicked over email as soon as she mentioned that her international whirlwind romance was culminating in a laid-back, last minute beach wedding before she would move to a foreign country to start a whole new life with the man she knew was the one.
my husband, luke and i are very, very, very familiar with that whole run-on sentence.
i arrived at her hotel room and started shooting details while we traded our similar love stories. she calmly did her own make-up and dressed with a graceful ease reserved for the remarkably-long-limbed and those about to embark on their destiny. i told her about how my own friends and family urged me to date luke for at least a year before we got engaged and how perplexing i found that logic. ‘i was not interested in finding someone and spending a year or two to see if i can live with them, i had found the person i knew i could not live without’.
she paused at the mirror ‘yes, exactly’ her heart resonated with the idea…’as if i’m going to discover some annoying habit about oystein, my soulmate and not want to be with him anymore?’
we had both chosen men for whom there could be no deal-breakers. and when you know, you know. and she knew.
after an intimate ceremony on the beach the guests gathered to share lunch with the newlyweds. as oystein rose to toast his bride, he began his speech with the words ‘the goal in life is not to find someone you can live with, but to find that one person you cannot live without, and today i have done just that…’
and we all knew.