I have the cutest engagement session about to unfold for you here, THE cutest. You hear me?
Meet Paul and Chloe. Backstory: (Because I can’t do anything without a backstory, you people know me.)
Paul is my best friend’s (of almost 20 years) little brother. In a way, he feels like my brother too. I know, he’s SO handsome isn’t he? I can say this, because we’re related-ish.
I was always invited on summer vacays with the Chyka family, since Erika and I (Paul’s sister) are besties. So many of my memories include Paul. After church, Paul would always ask to go to Cici’s and everyone in the car would yell “NOOOOO.” I remember when Erika and I first started “playing” (hahahahahahah) I would say “maybe you should come over to my house, your brother scares me.” (Sorry Paul, I promise I’ll paint the gorgeous picture of the man you are today as well.) He used to charge on all fours, like Tarzan, right at me. I was always worried he was actually going to hurt me, and I was double his size. I remember he could make his dad laugh so hard he would CRY over singing the Pokemon, Jiggly Puff song. I remember his punk rock phase where the Chykas took a trip to drop Paul and his friends off at Warp Tour. I remember going to the beach with the Chykas (I mean, at this point you may be wondering if they are my adopted family, yes, they are) and Paul asking “Hey, can you turn on TBS- MDS” which meant, Taking Back Sunday- Make Damn Sure, and jamming out to Ocean Avenue, by Yellowcard. For as long as I’ve known Paul he has LOVED music. In fact, I remember riding with the Chykas to drop Paul off at piano lessons.
To this day, Paul and Chloe (don’t worry, I’ll get to her in just a second) are very involved in music. In fact, they have their own band (with their church) called Redemption Music. I just purchased their album, and I cannot wait to receive it.
Both Paul and Chloe are some of the most selfless people you’ll ever meet. I mean that, whole heartedly. They will give you the shirts OFF of their back without hesitation. The first time I met Chloe, was at Erika’s wedding, almost four years ago. I had a feeling she’d be around for a while, and I’m so glad I was right. I remember thinking “that must be Erika’s makeup artist.” Haha, Chloe’s makeup is always so fresh, and so bold. I love her style, her hair, her eyelashes, her tattoo, basically everything about her. She is (and Paul) the kind of person who makes you want to be better. At life, at loving, at everything. Those are the best kind of people.
I am SO looking forward to their wedding this May in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Paul and Chloe, we love you dearly. Thank you for giving us the honor of documenting your special day.