Two years ago this week, I went to New York City for the first time to meet up with my dear friend, Ivana. We were single and feeling free. We were both looking for something. Inspiration. Peace. Adventure.
We found it in New York. We tried to see every inch of that city. The Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn Bridge. Grand Central Station. Times Square. We stood in awe and in silence at Ground Zero. We ate fancy Italian dinner and drank wine in Chelsea. We watched the most incredible sunset from Highline Park. We did cartwheels at night in the park. We got drunk and ate pizza at 4am. We danced in the aisle at a Sara Bareilles concert while she sang "Brave" at Radio City Music Hall.
We absolutely fell in love with that city.
October 10th, 2013 was our last day together on that trip. I felt like a completely different person from the girl who had arrived there. Ivana would agree.
It sounds cliche but NYC will always have a piece of my heart.
Shortly after that trip, Ivana met Stephen. Someone she would come to describe as her soul mate, her best friend and she fell in love all over again.
This Saturday, October 10th 2015, Ivana will become Mrs. Stephen Rushlow.
Two years to the day that we left a piece of our heart in New York City, she will give hers forever to the man she adores.
To my beautiful friend, just days before your wedding, if I could tell you anything, I want you to know how truly happy I am that you have found your partner. I believe life is meant to be shared. To share all of yourself, your dreams and your life with another person... How extraordinary to experience that kind of connection with another human being.
You inspire me more than you'll ever know. I am grateful for our friendship and the trip that changed us both. I think it is absolutely magical that two years ago, you could not have imagined that this would be your life. I guess that's the case for all of us but I think it's a beautiful coincidence. I am proud of you for following your heart and trusting yourself. I wish you and Stephen the best this world has to offer. I know you will create an amazing life together.
"I love you for like ever"
Your favorite brides(Mer)maid,