One week ago I was rushing around, making final preparations for our daughter’s wedding. Family and friends were gathered from all over — from as far as away as Massachusetts, Texas and Wisconsin — staying at local hotels, Air B&Bs or at Hickory Grove (my brother’s home). And in a rare occurrence, we were blessed that all four of my husband’s siblings and spouses came to celebrate with us!
We took the previous week off to spend time with our guests and prepare for the wedding. Truthfully, I could have taken a month off and it still would not have been enough time. But everything was ready by 1:00 pm, with much of the credit going to our amazing wedding coordinator. (She can be seen looking out the window in the photo below.)
The ceremony was held outdoors at a local farm, with a scenic backdrop of apple orchards and Old Rag Mountain. The bride and groom both love nature and the great outdoors, so it was the perfect setting for their vows.
My prayers for a rain-free ceremony were answered. The bride was absolutely radiant as my husband walked her down the grassy aisle and lifted her veil. The groom was so handsome, and any pre-wedding jitters quickly vanished as the ceremony began.
Despite the heat and humidity, I wished to freeze this moment in time. My son and husband sat on either side of me, with family and friends surrounding us. We all came together to celebrate love.
The reception had so many precious moments. The bride and groom showed off their new ballroom dance moves during their first dance, “Stand By Me”. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the room during the father-daughter dance, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. (I still remember them dancing to this song before bedtime when she was a little girl.)
The rest of the day went by in a blur. The buffet was delicious, the cake was phenomenal, and the DJ got everyone up and dancing. It was a party everyone will remember for years to come.
This morning, as I sipped my coffee, I marveled at all that has happened in the past year. Amidst all the craziness of the pandemic, a unexpected romance blossomed and grew.
As two became one, our family expanded. Laughter was shared and new friendships were made. What an amazing gift.
“‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” — Mark 10:7-9