I can truly say that this is the best wedding that I’ve ever been a part of. The day itself was wonderful, but what made it even better was that this time, my sweet little sister was the bride :)
Kristen and Dan met a few months ago, and it didn’t take long for them to realize that they’re a match made in heaven. Instead of planning a big fancy wedding over the span of a year, they decided to keep things simple and have a small church ceremony just a few weeks after their engagement. There was no stress, no official guest list, no venues that had to be booked – just a simple ceremony held in the church courtyard after the Sunday service. I loved watching Kristen as she got ready for her wedding day in our family’s home. She was completely relaxed, and didn’t have a care for the little details that most weddings “require.” I could tell that she was just ready to marry Dan, and that was all that mattered to her.
The ceremony itself was, in my opinion, perfect. After the usual Sunday church service, we walked outside into a beautiful courtyard with a little altar waiting for the bride and groom. People (some whom I’ve never met before) showed their love for our family by circling around the courtyard, anticipating Dan and Kristen’s new union. There were some painful moments that had to be faced as we acknowledged the recent loss of our dad. Dad’s missing presence was felt so strongly within me, yet I could feel the joy he had for our family as I stood there, watching Kristen as she was handed to this admirable and compassionate man. There were so many emotions to be handled that day, but to me, peace and love reigned highest. I’m so proud of the beautiful woman my sister has grown to be, and I could not have picked a better, more loving companion for her than Dan. Kristen and Dan, I pray that you continue to encourage and build each other up as you begin this exciting and unpredictable journey that God has planned for you. I love you both so much, and I wish you many years with endless blessings!