Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tying the Knot...In the Rain!

The past 2 days I have been tying bouquets, making arrangements, and adorning anything that would sit still with flowers for a wedding in Guntersville. The wedding was planned for outside - rain or shine - and, let me just tell you...it rained, and rained, and rained some more!!! Even wearing my raincoat, I still looked like a drowned poodle by the end of the day Saturday!

The family was kind enough to have umbrellas available for the guests! :)

I TRIED to take a picture of the front porch where the ceremony took place...but, it was raining sooo hard, I didn't get a very good picture!

So, I just stuck to taking pictures of things inside the house and tents. The theme of the wedding was fall, and we used the beautiful colors of fall in the flowers and decorations. We also used lots of wrought iron and crosses. This was on the front door -

The bridesmaid's bouquets -

Here's a sampling of some of the arrangments in the reception...

This was the "Gifting Station". The bride and groom are dog lovers - insanely addicted to dogs. They chose to have a place for people to make donations to the Humane Society and Golden Retriever Rescue...and, they had doggie bones and treats for the guests to take home to their own pups. There were also bags available for guests to fill with a variety of yummy candies to take home for themselves :)
The wedding was very Christ-centered - my favorite type of ceremony! At the end of the wedding program, there was a note to guests from the bride and groom that said, "Dear guests, we ask that you join our hearts in praying that Christ will always be the center of everything that we do and in how we love one another. Please hold us accountable to the love we have for one another and the sacred commitments you have witnessed today." WOW!!! I just thought that was incredible!!

I noticed on several different things - the wedding program, wedding party gifts, etc. - that Hebrews 11:1 was printed on them: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see." That's just what we saw today, because the bride refused to change her wedding plans no matter what the weather was like....right before the ceremony started, the rain stopped and the skies cleared. It was a beatiful, faith-filled exchange of commitments day - in more ways than one!

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