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Woohoo it's wedding day! No, not in reality, but I'm finally getting to recap the actual ceremony! Y'all will be proud that I didn't fill this post with 5 million pictures....although I wanted to!
Dustin and I did not get married in the church where we are members. The church I chose for us to get married in (and I'm going to say I chose since I planned our wedding), was the very first church I began attending and also the church where I became a Christian. Also this church has a center aisle, so you know how important that was ha 😜
Our wedding was at 6 o'clock in the evening on July 26, 2014, and then (which I'll recap tomorrow so come back to check!!) reception was at a country club outside of town.
Dustin and I both wanted our wedding ceremony to point to God's goodness instead of us, and that "We love because he first loved us" 1 John 4: 19. Our friend Adam married us and did a wonderful job sharing the Gospel in our ceremony. Dustin and I also recited different vows to one another because our roles in our marriage are different--he is the head and I am his helpmate.
Okay, now onto the pictures!
***Rules in this church prohibited the photographer from getting any close up pictures during the ceremony.
The weather was really perfect that day! Yes, really hot but that was to be expected.
Dustin created our guest books on Shutterfly and we had our guests sign these. I felt like this was so much more practical than a fancy guest book that we would never look at again. These books gave guests a chance to write personal notes on each page.
Before the ceremony began, my girls gathered around me to pray for the ceremony, but most importantly, to pray for mine and Dustin's marriage. This prayer was led by my bff Janie.
I couldn't help but cry!
My sister and my mom
I love this picture! We all cried during Janie's prayer!
Music is very important to me and I wanted the music played during our ceremony to glorify God.
Seating of the Grandparents and Mother of the Groom:
The Way You Love Me performed by....one of my students!
(funny story...our school had a talent show off for the very first time and this student asked me if he could sing his audition song in front of our class to practice. This was a couple of months before the wedding. Of course I allowed him to sing and once I heard him, I knew he had to sing at the wedding. Dustin picked this song out and my student was able to slow the tempo down and played it with his guitar....it was perfect!!)
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"....this exact version
"Be Thou My Vision"....this exact version and I cry every time I sing this hymn because the words are so beautiful. Also if you listen to the link, they didn't open the sanctuary doors until about a minute for a more dramatic entrance 😉
Song after Exchanging of the Rings:
"How Deep the Father's Love for Us" performed by one of my childhood friends...she's an AMAZING singer and it was beautiful!
My mom and dad divorced when I was 13, and because of that, I wanted both of them to walk me down the aisle.
Giving me away
We also had a family prayer right before we exchanged vows. Our immediate family members surrounded us and prayed for our marriage.
Headed to the reception!
Come back tomorrow to see how fun it was--we still have people telling us our reception was fun!