August 18, 2018
They walked into church beaming. I had seen on Instagram that Nathan had finally popped the question and was SO excited for these two to tie the knot, but I had no idea just how exciting the details were going to be.
“We need to talk to you!” they said. “We’re getting married on August 13th. So, like, a month from now.” I quickly did the math in my head. “Is that a Monday?” I asked. “Yep! And we want to get married by the castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka Park.”
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing! I think I was *almost* as over the moon as they were. Almost. 🙂
A truly beautiful wedding should embody who the bride and groom are as a couple. Sure, flowers and dresses and all things Pinterest are wonderful, but at the end of the day, the marriage is what lasts. I read a book once that said that the wedding day, in many ways, casts a vision for what is to come in the marriage. And Nathan and Heidi’s intimate ceremony surrounded by hills and trees and their precious families this past Monday, was exactly that. Outside the norms, relaxed, welcoming, comfortable, sweet, intimate, joyful. It was everything that anyone would expect their wedding to be. And, I have no doubt, it was an accurate glimpse into what the rest of their marriage will look like, too.
As I sat at my computer poring over their images, I realized that my cheeks hurt from smiling. The joy that these two share with each other, the obvious way they love one another, and the way their families celebrated them was not only incredibly beautiful, but it made me hope that every newly married couple could experience the deep, genuine joy that they did on their wedding day.
Nathan and Heidi, I’m so incredibly honored that I got to experience this day with you. You made me grateful for my job, grateful to be counted among your friends, and grateful for our Savior who writes beautiful stories like yours. May the Lord continue to bless your marriage and use you for His glory all your days!