matt + laura

This weekend, Bob and I traveled to Huntsville to be a part of two of our closest friends' engagement night. We were so honored to be included in this special time in their lives and had such a good time celebrating with friends.

I've known Matt since a few weeks before we began our freshman years at the University of Alabama (9 1/2 years ago...wow!). I was lucky enough to meet a couple of friends at that first band camp together that Bob and I are still close with. Matt and I have always had a great friendship, almost as if we were brother and sister. I am very lucky to have him as a friend. And even luckier that he and Bob are close friends as well. When I first met Laura, about four years ago, I knew quickly that she was the girl for Matt. I can honestly say that each of them makes the other a better person. We've had a lot of fun together over the past four years.

So, when Matt called just after Christmas and told us he had bought Laura a ring and that he wanted us to be a part of their engagement night, we immediately said, "When and where?" Matt jumped through hoops and arranged for both sets of parents and a group of his and her friends to come to Huntsville to celebrate with them.He really went all out to make this the most perfect night of Laura's life.

We celebrated to the wee hours of the morning and gathered again this morning to recap the evening and talk wedding. It was really wonderful to see old friends again.

 Ben and Matt

 Me with the groom-to-be

 The happy couple...look out cause that ring will blind you!

Spreading the news...

Matt and Laura, we couldn't be happier for you guys! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together and can't wait to continue the celebration. Our calendars are marked for 9.3.11!

And, just for fun...Our sweet friends, who already have three dogs of their own, took in my little monsters for the night and it looks like everyone had a great time!

Grace has been snoozing for the past few hours

Tanner took a two hour nap when he got home, woke up to eat and play a little and is now fast asleep with Bob on the couch.

They're worn out! Thanks again, Scott and Leigh, for taking such good care of our pups!

ETA: Laura has some great pics and shares the story of the proposal over at her blog. Check it out!

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