We attended the wedding of some friends yesterday. The family is private and do not want their photos on the internet, so I won't show any faces.
On the walkway into the church, there were little hanging vases with silk flowers. Lovely.
The wedding was held in a humble church with modest autumn decorations.
The parents of the bride. I have no doubt their eyes were damp as they watched their oldest daughter pledge her life to her husband.
The wedding was presided over by the bride's grandfather, a pastor. He choked up a few times.
The bride wiped a few tears as well. Incidentally, she wore a full veil because -- get this -- as a pure young woman, she earned it. (And she was breathtaking, I can assure you.)
Interestingly, all the groomsmen were packing heat. Idaho is an open-carry state, and when I asked a friend why the gromsmen were carrying, he replied, "They always carry." Since this is Idaho, nobody blinked an eye... but it was also a lovely gesture. It showed respect and protection for the bride, who was unarmed and therefore theoretically vulnerable.
(By the way, when she's not wearing a wedding dress, the bride is a crack shot. Trust me on this.)
The reception was held in the church basement.
The wedding cake. This is a logging community, so I liked how the cake was set on a log slab...
...with a little chain-saw cake cutter!
I thought the cake topper was lovely.
During the reception, the bride wore a filmy shawl over her bodice which looked stunning -- modest, charming, and old-fashioned. (I couldn't get a clear shot, sorry.)
The bridesmaids' flowers were an in-season fall selection.
This wedding impressed me for a few reasons.
First, the young people entered their marriage pure. This is increasingly rare in today's society and it bodes well for their commitment together. Though young, the couple considered their future in a pracical way. The groom is employed and knows he can provide for a wife and family. They agree on matters of faith, money, and (future) children.
Second, the wedding and reception were beautiful beyond compare and absolutely rock-bottom in cost. Since they were married in the bride's grandfather's church, it was free. The reception was simply cake, ice cream, and lemonade. (Makes sense to me. Who goes to a wedding to eat? We go to witness vows.) This means that neither the bridal couple nor their families were saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in expenses... and the bride and groom can enter their new life unencumbered by debt.
Third, the families are well-known and well-liked in the community, so the number of witnesses this young couple had as they exchanged vows was high. I'm guessing over 200 people attended. This brings to mind an article a reader sent awhile ago, entitled Study: To boost your odds of a successful marriage, have a big wedding.
The article opens with: "To improve your odds of a high-quality marriage, try not to have too many sexual partners before you meet 'the one.' And when you do find him or her, consider inviting at least 150 people to your wedding."
But somehow the "big wedding" espoused in this article differs from the humble country wedding this young couple had. Both partners come from a family history of strong, happy marriages. The bride and groom know about commitment and covenants. Their future happiness is not based on how much money they spent at their wedding (as the article implies), but on the mature and reasoned decision that they were compatible for life.
We were privileged to attend this wedding. I wish this lovely young couple every happiness in their future together.