Sunday, February 24, 2008

Abby and Ollie

The second day of orientation in law school - I missed the first - felt lonely, disorienting. I had put in motion some major life changes the month before, and was starting from nothing. New city, moving in with a new roomate I had never met in a new apartment I had never seen, all the day before school started. I was scared I was setting myself up for a miserable experience. I hadn't met anyone (besides said new roomate, Amanda) and everyone seemed to know each other already and formed their cliques*- after just one day of school.

That day, I was introduced to Abby by Amanda. We were in the same section, had gone to the same undergrad (but never knew each other), had many of the same interests. We instantly clicked. We sat within whispering distance in every class first year, wrote inappropriate im's during class, went to bar reviews, watched marathon sessions of sex in the city together while we gossiped about boys and life and ate brownies or my special homecooked meals; she literally was the most instrumental part of my fabulous time in law school and quickly became one of my best friends.

Abby was also the most boy-crazy twenty-something I knew. She met so many guys, had some on and off relationships, occasionally more dates in a month then me in my life; but nothing ever worked out. Abby is particular. And sometimes demanding. And, like all us girls, occasionally an little emotional.

Until she met Ollie - again. Much like Brandon and myself, they met each other waaaay back in college. She was friends with his best friend. When she met Ollie, she liked him. They stayed up talking at a party until the wee mornings. She also had a boyfriend and Ollie lived on the other side of the country. (Ollie also claims that his friend warned him away... but I think he was just teasing)

Fast forward to a year and a half ago. They meet again. And this time, the timing was right.

Ollie has the best sense of humor, he is goofy, he is patient. But most importantly, he tempers Abby. He really is the perfect person for someone I am proud to call one of my closest friends. I am so happy for Abby that she has found someone she loves so much! And most importantly... I can't wait for the day you two get married!

The two of them came down to visit myself and Brandon in San Diego yesterday. After spending some time catching up, some visiting with the puppies, and giving her the tour of the house, we went downtown to take some pictures. I had a really hard time being discriminating, because Abby just glows when she is with Ollie. So... here are lots from the day!

* - oh yeah, the asterisk... it needs to be said that law school is like high school, except with more sex, drugs, legal drinking and stress. Cliques abound, there is an 'in' crowd and 'out' crowd, every one knows every one (especially at UCLA - there were only about 1,000 people there total, which was half the size of my high school), and, much like high school, every one knows everything about everyone. But it was lots of fun :-)


Melissa McClure Photography said...

I love that first shot and the jumping one! Great job! :)

Abigail said...

teehee!! lovely photos, my dear. yuo and brandon have such a gift- you chose such good backgrounds, the city looks amazing, you just know what works!!! it was very fun to pose for you guys. thank you so much for these pictures, we can't wait to show them around. :) it was wonderful to see you and brandon and the pups...i definitely miss you.

there is truth to the myth- michael did warn ollie!! according to ollie, michael pulled him aside at the party and said "i know you two are into each other but you're drunk so i just want to remind you that you have a girlfriend!" of course as a good boy ollie needed no reminders. but still, a very cute story!

david & kimi baxter said...

lovin the 2nd and last image julia! this session came out awesome!

Michael said...

Lies and propaganda!

Well, sort of. I'm sure I did warn young Oliver to stay the course... but I also, prior to all this, leaned over and let him know "Oh... I know someone you're going to like. She's just your style."

Great photos, and I can't think of two better people to help you set out on this new venture!

Alicia said...

These are so beautiful images, they capture so much love...I am literally getting a little choked up over here! Amazing!!

Abigail said...

Awwwh, thanks Michael. :) We definitely credit you with bringing us together all those years ago AND with getting us together when we both ended up single in Los Angeles!!!

Michael said...

After all, let's not forget that this magical moment is all about me. ; )

You guys look great and the photos look great. I think we're all glad we can be part of the magic at this point.