I got to know Audrey a few short weekends ago when a cherished mutual friend of ours got married.
Perhaps there is nobody better to introduce you to a friend than a good friend herself. It doesn’t happen very often that you feel such a strong, instant connection with someone. It doesn’t happen very often when you find a kindred spirit. Audrey and I connected instantly. We bonded, together of course with a stunning and glowing bride, over breakfast at the farm here, and donuts in the car, and dashing through the rain laughing, and staying up late arranging flowers. We discussed our mutual love of books and all things Anne of Green Gables. I gained a friend in Audrey that weekend. I too believe I have found in her a kindred spirit.
Audrey is a talented photographer and chronicled the weekend in beautiful photographs. Some of you may have figured out by this point that I enjoy photography too! Audrey spent the time to give me a few photography pointers and tips, which was both very helpful and pretty fun. (I must admit: Nikon has made some downright neat improvements to their cameras over the last decade! I may have been fondly admiring the newer features involved.)
Listen up folks! Audrey is a graduate of UGA’s photography program and has her own photography business. Now that’s what I call a girl boss. With creative vision and an attention to detail, Audrey captures images that are timeless and enchanting. Each one is a work of art, drawing you in with her expert use of light, sparking your imagination into believing the pictures are coming to life right in front of you. Captivating bokeh backdrops also linger in the eye of your memory, leaving you with the sensation of having glimpsed an actual fairy tale. (Especially when a horse is involved.) Peruse through her wedding gallery and see exactly what I’m talking about.
I found out over the course of the weekend that Audrey can not only take beautiful photographs, do floral arranging and sew, but also write. Yes, Audrey too has a manuscript! She told me just enough of the historical fiction plot to completely rope me in. Now, I can’t wait to read it.
The other night, Audrey sent me a video of her reading one of my manuscripts to her daughters. My heart melted. Maybe someday soon we can hold each other’s books in our hands.
Audrey’s enthusiasm for life and her amazing spirit of innovation and creativity is contagious. She has become a source of encouragement and inspiration to me. So here’s to friends and kindred spirits: those we have known for years, and those we are just beginning with.