Family is an important thing to me. Lisa knew pretty early in our relationship that I did not define it in the way that many people do. I was from a small family, and most of them lived in the UK. For our wedding, there were only four people there representing my relatives, but my family was there. To me, family takes two people getting married to start the collective that many define as family. I believe that truthfully. You do not need to have kids to be a family, you just need a bond that is stronger than friendship, and one that connects your hearts to one another. The people I call family are those in our family tree and those friends that have mostly been with me for a decade and more. They are all people that I will love no matter what. I believe that family does not have to be defined by blood. In fact, in Lisa’s family on her mothers side, everyone is an aunt or cousin in some way. It doesn’t matter, we are all family. Meeting Matt and Erin only furthered my belief of family is what you want it to be. Very early on Matt introduced Erin to his two adorable children and they quickly wanted her to be family. Erin didn’t become family, she instantly was family. You can see below how tight of a family they had become before today. It shows in all of these photographs that family was deeply ingrained in their hearts. I sit here almost in tears knowing how this story of family was not created at this wedding ceremony, but it was carved out over time, as Erin opened her heart to not just not just Matt but his two children as well. They use adventure as a driving force for happiness in their lives together as a family and they use creativity as the glue that lets it all stick together.

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