I promised I would post about our trip up north for my little bro’s wedding, so here goes!
Nate and I traveled to Grand Rapids, MI, last week for the wedding of my brother Trev. I got the privilege of being a bridesmaid in the wedding, and Nate was an usher (the most handsome usher you ever did see 😉). I loved seeing my parents and my siblings, and celebrating Trev and Meg on their special day. I pray Trev and his lovely new wife will live a long and happy life together as the Lord wills, and that their love for each other will continue to deepen and grow through each passing day of their lives.
They had a beautiful wedding! The weather leading up to Friday was rainy and cold, with a little bit of snow too. The morning of their wedding though, the sun burst from the clouds and shown brightly, as if it were rejoicing with us over the union of these two lovebirds.
I’m sad to say I didn’t get a whole lot of good pictures during our trip. I always have such good intentions of taking pictures on these important events, but I usually come up short. I will say though, that I tried to get a lot more good pics of my family, but they’re all somehow “allergic” to pictures, as you’ll see below.
The day before the wedding, we set up the reception hall with Trev and Meg and my other siblings. Meg did a wonderful job of planning the decor. Her colors were pink, gold, and turquoise, and everything came together so well. After we finished the reception hall looked classy and elegant, yet with a fun twist that echoed Meg’s style.
The day of the wedding we all met early at the church to get ready. Meg exuded happiness and beauty as she got ready to walk down the aisle. She was the happiest, calmest bride I’ve been around, and that made getting ready even more fun. She gifted each of us bridesmaids with jewelry in a cute little purse as well as our favorite Starbucks drinks (to be honest, the drink was the best part of the whole deal! 😉).
Time flew by and we were soon gathering in the auditorium, excitedly waiting for the bride to walk in. Who do you look at when the bride walks in? I always take a quick glance at the bride, and then I focus on the groom. His face tells the best story of joy, anticipation, and true love. When I looked at Trev I immediately lost it and began to tear up because his face shown with such fierce love for his bride (I’m actually getting choked up thinking back to that moment as I write). All at once Trev was crying, and we were all crying tears of joy with him.
The ceremony went by in a lovely flash. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, and as they vowed to love and cherish one another, and stay faithful til death there wasn’t a dry eye in the room again. Apart from the first look of the bride and groom, the vows are always my favorite part of a wedding. They are solemn and serious, because the bride and groom are pledging their faithfulness before God and agreeing to a holy covenant. But the vows hold such a timeless beauty as well. Two people becoming one before God and their family and friends, with beautiful words that echo with the glory of many years, many marriages, and many love stories. If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of love, romance, and marriage. 😉😁😍
All at once they were married, and walking out with the best smiles. They walked out to the song “You’ll Always be my Best Friend” by Reliant K. It happens to be one of Nate and I’s songs, so I LOVED walking out to it as well. Nate showed it to me when we were dating, and I loved it from the first listen. Then he played it for me as we danced on the beach the night he proposed, so now it’s even more special. I hadn’t listened to it in a while, so I was thankful for the reminder at the wedding.
The reception included a lot fun, laughter, smiles, good food (they had Qdoba, and Trev made a delicious cake and a gazillion mini cupcakes…SO GOOD! Also, there was a S’mores bar!), great music, dancing (haha I am such a white girl when it comes to dancing, and I have no idea what I’m doing, but I do it anyway because I love to dance 😄), and an awesome sendoff with glow sticks.
I’m so glad we got to go on this Michigan adventure!