These two. Wow. What a fun ride it’s been so far. We’ve been friends with Melissa for what seems like forever. From the middle school days of she and Amy spending their time plotting matching overalls, glitter eyeshadow and one epic Destiny’s Child concert, to cheering on the track at those Friday night football games. Melissa and Jordan were in student government together, and we were both there when she was crowned homecoming queen in a graduating class of over 600 kids. (Not surprisingly, we might add!) We weren’t the only ones who knew she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.

In college, Melissa and Amy were in the same elementary education block, which means they spent hours together every single day –– and loved every minute of it. After graduation, she was a bridesmaid at our wedding. Jordan cried twice that day. Once when he saw Amy for the first look, and again when he saw Melissa and our other high school friends enter the church doors one at a time. For him, it was like seeing our entire life together (to that point) flash before his eyes, like watching memories walk down the aisle, he’d later reflect. We remember when Melissa and Braedon started dating. We were there for their surprise proposal in the woods and we did their engagement session, too. When they got married, Amy was a bridesmaid and we photographed the wedding. We even had the chance to meet up with them in Prague a few months after their wedding for a honeymoon session. They’re probably the first (and only) couple to ever get the proposal-engagement-wedding-honeymoon-maternity combo –– (although if any of our AJ Brides are reading this right now and want to take us to Bora Bora or Tahiti, we are SO in!!)

It was like seeing our entire life together (to that point) flash before his eyes, like watching memories walk down the aisle

And we’ll never forget standing on the driveway of our new home when they broke the news to us that they were pregnant. Followed by the second set of news: twins!! TWINS!!!!!!!!! Our hearts felt so big at that moment we thought they might burst.

Melissa and Braedon, we’d be hard-pressed to find two people who love people as much as you do. You’re kind and caring. You’re thoughtful. You put others first and never expect anything in return. You’re the first to send a card or flowers on a special occasion; or a text to see how a work project is going or how a personal situation is unfolding; you’re the first to make a sign and stand at the starting line and finish line of a race one of your friends is running in, whether
anyone else is standing there or not. Those are the kind of friends you are. The kind who are there at the beginning, at the end, and for everything in-between. Your little girls don’t even know how blessed they are to have two parents who’ve already had years of practice with patience, kindness, compassion, empathy, excitement and, most importantly, the key ingredient for any mom or dad: unconditional love.

And even though everyone was surprised when they found out you were having twins (including us), it makes sense that God would entrust you with more than one, because He’s watched you love others, and He knows you have more than enough love… for two.

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7 comments

    Catrina

    Hi Amy and Jordan! I just want to say you guys are so good at what you do. I admire your work and your blogs gives us readers the feels!:) Your blogs are so intimate and personal it makes my heart melt the way you describe your clients! And the photos. Omg. Wow!! It's like eating cotton candy while watching a unicorn ride the rainbow! You guys are my inspirations! I love you both????

    Catrina

    Hi Amy and Jordan! I just want to say you guys are so good at what you do. I admire your work and your blogs gives us readers the feels!:) Your blogs are so intimate and personal it makes my heart melt the way you describe your clients! And the photos. Omg. Wow!! It's like eating cotton candy while watching a unicorn ride the rainbow! You guys are my inspirations! I love you both????

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi, Catrina! Aw! Thank you so much for sharing that with us! That means everything to us! Haha!! That just made our day! You're the sweetest! Hugs!! <3

    Brenden

    Such a gorgeous desert maternity session. Melissa and Braedon look so sweet and loving all cuddled up. I can just imagine their twins one day looking at these photos and seeing how loved they were already!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Brenden! We totally agree! We're so excited for them! Ahh! <3

    Katie

    These are all so beautiful! I love the chair, such a unique idea!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Thanks so much, Katie! <3