Imagine finding out the air conditioning for your ceremony space went out...about one month before your wedding date. Oh, and it won't be fixed by your wedding date. Yep! This ceremony wasn't supposed to take place where it did, but family and friends came together and made it happen beautifully. I never heard Victoria or Ben complain once about the change in venue. What a good reminder that the day isn't about the venue, the party, or the details. It's truly about two people vowing themselves to each other for the rest of their lives, and at the end of the day, Victoria and Ben were married. That's what we celebrate (plus, the new venue had beautiful light so I definitely didn’t mind😉).
Sometimes while driving to sessions and weddings, I pray. Sometimes I listen to music to try to get in the mood. On this particular day, I think I did some of both, and somewhere along the way, I had a thought. Marriage is a result of God’s goodness. When sin entered the world, that could've been the end of anything good for humans. But not only is saving grace real, the common grace of God is real too - just good things we experience here on earth. And I think the fact that we can enjoy good gifts like marriage (or laughter, summertime, a good meal), shows us quite a bit about who He is.
Anyway...on to the sneaks! There are lots so buckle up!
I'm thankful I get to be a part of so many Christian weddings. I get to listen to guests join their voices in worship. I get to hear gospel-centered challenges that recalibrate my heart. I get to document couples who really do want to glorify God for who He is and what He's done.
One of my favorite things Ben and Victoria did was let any guests who wanted to share something do so. We heard funny stories, advice, words of admiration for the couple. There may have been a few tears, but there was more laughter, lots of it. That might not be ideal for every wedding, but when you plan an intentionally small wedding with only your closest people, it can be a really sweet time.
Congratulations, Ben and Victoria! Have so much fun in EUROPE!