I met Natalie 12 years ago when I moved into my university residence and found her across the hall blaring Wu-Tang. It was only appropriate that when I showed up to photograph her on her wedding day she was pumping gangster rap and old school hip-hop.
After university she started dating Brett who I soon discovered to be one of the coolest and most interesting people I've ever met. Besides being incredibly knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects- Brett is also a phenomenally talented musician. I remember Brett once telling me that he needs music playing in every room he goes into because music makes everything better. Brett is thoughtful and passionate about his interests. I think one of Brett's great qualities is that he is genuinely interested in others' opinions and really cares.
Natalie has always been someone who I look up to and admire. Whether it's marathon training, working to further the multitude of causes she believes in or just helping out friends and family, Natalie does everything with all of her heart. Natalie has a unique ability to make everyone around her happier just by being there. Her sharp wit and one-of-a-kind infectious laugh make her magnetic to everyone she meets.
In the words of Gina Hartman, one of the speakers at her wedding, "Natalie the first time I met you you made me want to be a better person. Since the two of you started dating you truly have brought out the best in one another."
I couldn't agree more.