Two years ago today, Theo and I got married.
TWO YEARS AGO, people!
It seems like sooo long ago…I feel like I’ve been married for a long time. Plus with a baby on the way…that just makes us feel like we really have been married forever.
But at the same time, it feels like just yesterday. I can still remember the crispness of my white dress, the smell of the grass and the leaves, the birds chirping, my handsome groom wearing a suit and smiling ear to ear all day long. I can still remember all the girls helping me get ready, and my Mom and Dad being there by my side the whole time (and not always dry-eyed). I remember when my brother saw me all dressed up in my wedding dress. And I remember the butterflies in my stomach as I walked up behind Theo for our “first look” and first kiss! I remember waiting, waiting, waiting for that ceremony to start, and walking down the aisle holding onto the supportive arm of my Daddy. I remember him giving me away, and if I hadn’t been so excited/nervous/joyful to be getting married, I would have bawled like a baby at his speech. I remember saying our vows, knowing that it would not always be easy to fulfill them, but knowing that I meant them with all my being. I remember listening to Theo say our vows, knowing that he also meant them with all of his being. I remember how pretty all my best girls looked, how thankful I was that they were there to support me. I remember catching glimpses of the groomsmen as Theo said his vows, and knowing that they were there to support us. I remember our officiant, Mark, saying a whole bunch of great things that I really didn’t listen to (thankfully he gave us a copy, and I have since read through everything he said!), and then I remember being pronounced husband and wife. I remember feeling like I was flying down that aisle, all the smiles and claps and tears rolling down people’s faces. I remember getting a billion and one hugs, ‘congratulations’, and even ‘it’s so nice to meet you!’ for the next several hours. I remember watching the dance floor light up and the guests having a great time. I remember walking around arm in arm with my HUSBAND and feeling like I never wanted to let go, and like I had never been happier to be with all the people I loved the most. I remember NOT getting a cupcake, too. I was bummed about that. I remember leaving our reception in the most decked-out car I have ever seen, and having someone throw the basket of wedding cards in my lap- we so enjoyed reading those (and collecting some extra funds!). I remember thinking ‘HOLY COW, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?’ as we drove off…I was married, and leaving everyone behind to begin this grand journey with my husband.
What a day.
And of course, what’s a walk down memory lane without pictures?
Suzanne, I vow to you these things, which I can only fulfill by the grace of God.
As Christ loves His church sacrificially, so I vow to sacrifice myself for your sake.
As Christ As Christ loves the Church above all others, so I vow to dleight in your alone.
As Christ provides all that the church needs, so I vow to provide for you.
As Christ make the church ore like Himself, so I vow to point you to Him in all things.
As Christ leads His church, so I vow to lead you as I follow Christ.
As Christ serves His church with the best possible care, so i vow to serve you with humility, patience and love.
And just as Christ has promised never to leave or forsake his church, so I vow to never depart from or abandon you.
By my love, I hope to prepare you for the day when you will meet Jesus face to face and experience His love, which surpasses all understanding.
Theo, I vow to you these things, which I can only fulfill by the grace of God.
As the church is to love Christ sacrificially, so I vow to sacrifice myself for your sake.
As the church is to love Christ above all others, so I vow to delight in you alone.
As the church is to submit to Christ, so I vow to submit to you.
As the church is to represent Christ in all that she does, so I vow to represent you with dignity and honor.
As the church is to obey Christ in all things, so I vow to follow you as you obey Christ.
As the church is to serve Christ, so I vow to serve you with humility, patience and respect.
And just as the church will forever remain the bride of Christ, so I vow to never depart from or abandon you.
By my love, I hope to prepare you for the day when you will meet Jesus face to face and know His love, which surpasses all understanding.
Happy Anniversary, Theo! Here’s to many, many more!
P.S. The wedding photos were all taken by the lovely and talented Grace.
My wedding dress was bought online and arrived from China….?
The bridesmaids dresses were tailor-made with cloth from Niger. The groomsmen ties were from JC Penney.
All the decorations were DIY and bought from assorted craft stores.
The wedding vows were actually found online, and every time I hand them out/read them/write them…I wish I knew who to give credit to. But, alas…I don’t. :/