Wednesday, October 29, 2008

the processional Like I've mentioned before, we got married outside under a big tree. It was a gorgeous tree that is over 100 years old. All the pompom flowers you see hanging from the tree were made by Lawrance (well, I did a few to show him how, but then he did all the rest)--didn't he do a great job? While Sam and Lawrance seated the grandparents and my mom, Fairest Lord Jesus was playing. And, here is a moment I am SO glad was caught on film!! I love my mom!!! Then Jerry--our dear friend and neighbor for many years, who also welcomed his home up to Lawrance while he was in Texas--opened the ceremony with prayer. Then the boys--Lawrance and Sam--came in. My brother served as Lawrance's best man. He did such a great job. I loved looking over at him several times during the ceremony, sweat pouring off his face, but always getting a smile from him. Then our junior bridesmaids and my sister, serving as the matron of honor walked in. The bridesmaids walked while "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" was playing. These precious girls are from my home church. I used to take them to "little ladies lunch" after church when I was at home working on my master's degree. They would sit with me during the service, and are some of the beautiful young woman I am blessed to call my "little friends." God has graciously blessed me with "little friends" everywhere I go! Now, they are young woman . . . it was a treasure to have them be a part of our wedding. Also my junior bridesmaids were a HUGE help! They carried my train while we took photos. They ran to get me some lip gloss in the middle of the reception. Anything I needed they were happy and willing to help with. One of my friends said that she wish she had had junior bridesmaids at her wedding because of just how wonderful a help they were to me. next time . . . here comes the bride . . .
a walk to remember When I started thinking about a song to walk into with (I didn't want to come in with traditional wedding music.), I immediately thought of and really liked "For the Beauty of the Earth." Lawrance liked the melody but didn't think it had enough "power" or "majesty" for a bridal entrance. When I told him that was the exact reason I wanted it, he thought it was a great choice. So, are you ready? Here we go . . . Uh, yeah . . . it was not exactly like that. :) This great photo--that Lawrance and I both love (and want to duplicate with the two of us when we get married in Taiwan)--was taken after the ceremony. I was a bit emotional walking down the aisle with my daddy. And, uh, yeah, "a bit" is a huge understatement! :) Over a million thoughts flooded though my head we walked together. My dad was so kind. He was talking me though walking down the steps out of the chapel, being very gentle and supportive. I then told him, "Daddy, I'm not gonna make it. I'm gonna cry." His response was "You are?" "Yes," I cried back. "That's ok," was his calm response. Then I did all I could to stop the tears--hence all the funny faces. They were happy tears, but still I didn't want to totally be crying all the way down the aisle. Here is a photo of my dad talking me though walking down the steps. I finally was able to manage a smile . . . and I finally rounded the small curve and was able to see my groom. Yay!! For the joy of human love, . . . Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. (lyrics from "For the Beauty of the Earth")

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