A wedding. It is one of the most glorious events in the world. It's a Little Picture of The Big Picture, and it gives you another tiny, breath taking glimpse of the unsearchable love of Christ towards us.
A wedding is watching the actual faithfulness of God happen right in front of you, watching Him prepare a table in the wilderness. It's seeing your friend, happy in the love of her man, being given a good gift from Her Father, Who knows her and Who loves to give those good gifts to His children.
He is a good, good Father. Blessed be His wonderful name...
We begin with......
The rings, firstly. They are stunning.
And then, a napkin! THE napkins, of course, which were charming. Peacock feathers abounded.
Oh, and I got to go down to sunny Florida early! I had the honor of being one of Amanda's bridesmaids, and so I drove down early in the week with Uncle Larry, Amanda and Angela (who were also bridesmaids) (Oh. Amanda and Angela, I mean. Uncle Larry wasn't, of course. I don't think the teal of the frocks would have complimented his rugged complexion.)
So down we drove (with an unorthodox amount of bag and baggage) and had a significantly fun time. It was such a blessing being with these two godly girls and our fantastic Uncle!
What an incredible week with the S. family. We felt so at home and loved and are grateful to God for precious friends like these. It was a week filled with parties, preparations, praises, pew moving, pounding waves, and the incredible joy of answered prayers!
This is the before picture, obviously.
"I love the chairs up like this. Let's leave them."
We had a fantabulous time together, (Gracie and David were able to join us, which was blastful, oh and 'Manda's behind the camera) and then this glorious storm came up (see threatening clouds in leftish distance) so we all took shelter from the driving rain under various junk we had brought along. All was well until the lightening bolts (which were awesome and beautiful!!) became close friends and we made a dash for the car.
They later told us Jacksonville is the lightning capital of the world. 'Preciate the heads up!
After it passed...long walks, on the hard wet sand, overcast skies and whipping wind. Mostly everybody on their own, heads bent looking at a trillion shells in rows that went on forever, so many different shades and shapes, some broken, yet beautiful...
It is glorious when you take a walk with God on the beach.
So. This week was just, well, super special and fun. Love these girls!
And he looks slightly proud of his wife to be. :D
Oh my word these are so precious I'm almost crying looking back over these...God is so good, so faithful.
"Here is the Mother of the Bride's corsage, all ready and in water. I know, it's a little hefty. You can't make these things too large. "
"Yes, they only get one daisy. No more. They'll get over it."
Oh, and my word, the wall of school pictures behind me were absolutely golden! It must be hilarious to have yourself, toothless in the 90's, permanently affixed on the wall in a public place. I love it. These frames of joy were like a decade by decade showcase of the panache and good taste of young adults. To see again the times of my childhood-the understated elegance of baggy cut off overalls with leg warmers.
I am so grateful velvet scrunchies and wind suits are no longer a part of our lives.
Seriously, though, I think the only reason that last decade of the century is so persecuted by my juniors is because they just wish they could wear the color wheel on their sweat suit. I know, it was awesome. Oh snap!
(what happens when I fall asleep in the car and Emily has my camera...she makes me laugh!!!!!)
What a blessing these two godly ladies are...such faithful mothers, loving wives, godly daughters of the Lord. So blessed to get to watch them and be with them...
Oh, and their two littles were adorable in the wedding, by the way.