This weekend I had one of my most memorable and exciting ‘firsts’.  When our former bride and friend Lauren asked me to come along and photograph her husband Drew’s homecoming, I felt honored and thankful that she wanted me there during such a special time.  Lauren and Drew were married in April of 2011 and Raye photographed them at their wedding.  Lauren even had a blue streak in her hair for something blue- how awesome is that?! :)  Five short months later, Drew was sent off with the Army overseas and would be there for eleven months.  With a strong military wife support group, an amazing family and her dog Gizmo by her side, Lauren waited patiently until Drew returned.  We found out the night before that Drew would be coming in the next day at 1:30.  So she asked one of her “wifeys” Nicki to come over and help her decorate the yard and help her get ready.  When I met up with her Saturday, Lauren was on cloud nine and I was so excited to see the look on their faces when the finally see each other.We weren’t the only ones anxiously awaiting Drew’s arrival. :) Nicki helped put red + blue streaks in Lauren’s hair.Once we saw that he arrived, we booked it to the baggage claim!Drew came home with other soldiers in his troop and their families were just as happy to see them. :) Lauren + Drew, I am so incredibly happy that you two are reunited and able to finally enjoy your new house and lives together.  I am so honored and grateful that I was able to be there for this joyous occasion.  Thank you Drew for all that you have done and continue to do for our country and thank you Lauren for being his hero.  xoxo Kristie