On Saturday, June 15th, we celebrated my dearest friend Jenny, in British style. She will be wed to her fiancé, Dave Soulé, in July. Her maid of honor and best friend, Brittan van Beuge, throws outstanding themed parties– there are truly no words to describe this woman’s heart and soul for what seems effortless in making an occasion so memorable. She has a gift.
So when Brittan asked me if I would do an illustration of Jenny for her bridal shower invitations, I was very excited. She sent me a picture of Jenny, and an assortment of Queen Elizabeth’s royal jewelry and crown to dress her up in. Drawing someone that I know personally gives me a joy unlike drawing people whom I don’t ever see face-to-face. Studying the face of a friend before I begin my sketch, always ends in the discovery and fascination of their unique attributes which form their exquisite identity. Jenny is a natural beauty on the outside, but she is also a loyal friend, sincere, sweet, and truly beautiful on the inside. It is amazing how our Creator has designed every single one of us to be unique in physical beauty and personality.
When I walked into the van Beuge Manor and saw Jenny sitting on the sofa, I felt like my drawing came to life. I couldn’t imagine her being even more gorgeous than what she looked like on this evening. Jenny wore her sisters’ sequined mermaid silhouette prom dress, found a necklace in her jewelery collection, and Brittan found the perfect crown of adornment– which seemed to all be an uncanning resemblance to my “Queen Soulé“.