Weddings can be so great. Huge. Extravagant. Expensive. Stressful.
But this weekend, I had a bride who experienced a whole other side of weddings. And showed me a new side. A side of weddings that was simple. Relaxed. Very outside the norm.
2 Bridesmaids, 1 Groomsman, asked for no gifts but if anything, just a card, minimal decorations, a basic menu, no excess floral arrangements…
I had to take a post to brag on this particular wedding a bit because the couple was just so incredible. Not only was the bride so laid back about every detail, she made the wedding about everyone else beside herself. While getting her ready to walk down the aisle, she saw some late comers, got so excited, and said “hold on, I have to walk down first but I cannot wait to give you all a hug!” The bride said that! To people who were late!
The groom was a perfect match for the bride- so excited to be married and share this with everyone in attendance. This was evident in their choice to share communion with all of their guests. Each guest went up to the bride and groom to receive the elements and be personally thanked by the couple. I couldn’t even stay in the chapel, I had to walk out before I cried. I was so touched! When I asked the bride about their choice, she told me the first time she went to a wedding that did that, she just felt so honored and wanted each of her guests to feel just as important.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
-1 Peter 4:10-11
This was a gifted couple and they used their gifts, and continue to use their gift, to glorify God.
It was so heartwarming and amazing to see such a happy couple start their marriage in such a simple and serving way.