A Storybook Wedding
On a personal note, I want to share a few of the memories from our youngest daughter's wedding this past weekend. The weather was perfect for July--a little warm at the beginning of the service, but cooling off later on in the evening. The prelude and postlude music (classical guitar and violin) sounded heavenly in the outdoor setting. Next our son accompanied on his guitar our oldest daughter as she beautifully sang the song "Grow Old Along with Me." Then the wedding party walked in--7 groomsmen and one nervous groom followed by 7 lovely bridesmaids dressed in short black dresses and carrying dark pink gerber daisies. Then our 8 year old granddaughter walked in looking so grown up in her black dress with dark pink accents, preceding her 6 year old brother and sister and a second set of ringbearer/flower girl, both under two years old. The younger ones needed help getting down the aisle and didn't stay put for long, but they were all very cute.
After a slight pause, the musicians played the first notes of Trumpet Voluntary and we all stood to gaze on the radiant bride being escorted down the aisle by her proud papa. I didn't think I would cry until she stopped by my seat to give me a kiss, which brought happy tears to my eyes. The minister did a lovely job of intermingling the humorous with the serious. During the ceremony, I was surprised to hear him quote a verse I gave to my husband on a plaque on our fifth anniversary.
Woman was created from the rib of man
She was not made from his head--to top him
Nor from his feet--to be trampled on.
She was made from his side--to be equal to him
From under his arm--to be protected by him
From near his heart--to be loved by him.
After making their vows to each other, the groom got to kiss his bride, and they started down the aisle to whistles and clapping, causing our grandson to cover his ears in one of the pictures. After several more pictures, the happy couple danced their first dance, cut and fed each other cake, and enjoyed dancing and partying with their friends to a country rock band. They left a few hours later through a gauntlet of sparklers off to honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico. May they and all couples keep the Lord at the center of our marriages.