the twenties are an exciting decade. my social circle in the last two years seems to be full of relationships, engagements, marriages, even babies — and it makes my heart so happy. [that was also a fun sentence to link to past posts. i love couples.] i believe in marriage. and i believe in the love of Christ sustaining marriages. i love to rejoice with friends starting that journey. this past week, while at RevCamp, i got to do just that. our youth & young adults group, Revolution Movement, runs 3 camps the last two weeks of summer. i was only able to attend the first one for ages 13-19 as a leader and it was there that my long-time friend josh asked his girlfriend brianna to be his wife. at 1 o’ clock in the morning, on stage at the end of a talent show, in front of 200+ sweaty teenagers. she giggled yes. and he teared up a little bit. and the chapel full of campers and leaders clapped and cheered louder than they had for any other talent show act that evening.
josh is famous for his humour in our friend circle. he has a wonderful “art ministry.” he likes to draw noah’s ark, animals, snakes, crows, monsters, mcdonalds hamburgers but especially furbies. he often “blesses” youth staff at church with drawings on their desks. he regularly employs his giftings on friend’s birthdays. i have many-a-lovely card from josh. and they all kill me. so when pastor justin announced that josh would be the last act of the night — brianna suspected nothing. she had been sitting near the back row with friends and josh was at the front all evening. i had known for since the beginning of the week that josh had the ring and tonight would be the night. i couldn’t help but glance over to see how the anticipation was treating him. he was nervous. when the time came, he jumped on stage, throwing his hands up in the air. [when he saw this picture later he said he had no recollection of doing this. “yes, josh, that’s how you greeted people.” oh. weird.]
he told the audience he had been working on this talent for about two years now. he had invested a lot of time, money and his heart. he needed a volunteer… and pretended to search around the room before calling out brianna’s name. she wasn’t quick to jump up — brianna doesn’t quite love the spotlight like josh does but eventually she walked on stage quietly.
he told her to wait, went off-stage grabbed a small box and came back.
it clicked for her in this moment.
he began to talk to brianna, and i wish i could remember the exact words, but i was too concerned with photos — i do know that he said he had the best girl in the world and God had blessed him beyond belief. she said yes.
and they kissed.
and everyone went crazy. that’s brianna’s beautiful sister taking a photo front and centre.
josh told me later, “it was so annoying, there was a box inside of a box inside of a box and i couldn’t get it out with one hand. brianna whispered, ‘josh you have to put it on my hand.'”
[ps. look at josh’s face in the bottom photo. HE IS SO HAPPY.]
and this is my favourite photo.
he also had a dozen roses waiting side-stage.
after the applause quieted down, pastor justin jumped on stage and josh and brianna’s siblings and a few of our leaders gathered around to pray for this newly engaged couple.
josh and one of his sisters, katie.
brianna and her sister, kendra.
it was a happy, happy night.
on the afternoon of their engagement [he proposed at 1am on august 24th, we took these photos at 7pm — see, same day!] i grabbed these two out of the dining hall to celebrate.
… they are a real delight to work with. ;)
yes! marriage. i can’t wait to be there.