Where to begin?

Our rehearsal dinner on Friday night was held at Elegant Gourmet — a short stroll away from the chapel where rehearsal took place. As always, the food was delicious and their assistance was top notch. Thank you Gino, Lisa, and Julie. You’re the best!

In my opinion, there were two highlights of the evening.

The first came in the form of a video produced by Taylor, one of the bridesmaids. She had included brief clips of the bridal party sharing their thoughts about Zach, Sarah, and their marriage. It was incredibly moving to see the quality of friendships Zach and Sarah have produced over the years. Sarah surprised Zach by asking one of his best friends, Robby, to film his portion from India, where he is a serving in missions right now.

The second highlight occurred when Zach and Sarah introduced each person in the bridal party to surrounding friends and family. Every person in their wedding was there by purpose — none by default. It was a special moment to see, hear, and experience true friendship in its finest form. What a blessing!

And then the BIG day arrived on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Jim Slice and I stood at the back of the chapel just before the ceremony began, delighted by the sight of friends and family, some who had traveled many hours to be there. Sarah looked beautiful (pictures will be posted next week) and Zach was looking mighty suave himself. 🙂 Brian and Rick Harris played “The Holly and the Ivy” on mandolin/guitar as Sarah walked across the balcony of the almost 100 year-old chapel and down the red velvet lined stairs. The nervousness that naturally builds just before the ceremony seemed to melt away immediately as they came together at the end of the aisle. Their ease and comfort with one another is always a beautiful blessing to behold. The ceremony came to a close with everyone in attendance holding lit candles and singing together in A Capella, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”. Simply beautiful.

A cold drizzle could not dampen our spirits as we all headed to the reception at The Loom. It was beautifully decorated and the food was delicious. The “decorate it yourself” gingerbread men were a BIG hit! Zach and Sarah had also come up with the idea to have a Christmas tree set up with paper tags available for anyone who wanted to share a greeting with them that evening. And in lieu of wedding favors, they made a donation to two of their friends who are currently serving in overseas missions and who would have loved to have been in attendance. I love the way they think!

So what did we do after the reception? One of Zach and Sarah’s groomsmen (and friend to us all), Chris, came over to the house and watched “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with us, as we all enjoyed a piece of red velvet cake and coffee. We (Brandon, Megan, Chris, Brian and myself) stayed up until almost 1:00 a.m. chatting away (needless to say, I didn’t serve decaf!)

We all slept well that night. 🙂

One the best parts of the weekend in addition to the wedding itself was having Brandon and Megan staying with us for four nights. It was like old times and I already miss them. I always desire God’s will for them over mine but I don’t mind sharing that I sure would love to have them a little closer one day in the future. 🙂 Hey, I may be an empty nester now, but I’ll always be a mom! ha….

Yes, it was a weekend to remember — one filled with family, friends, and memories that will never be forgotten. Thank You, Lord.

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