Everyone, of course, has asked about our wedding and how it went. I thought my readers would be interested to hear about some details of that day as well. After all, you have waited faithfully with me for many years for this day to come. And it came perfectly. Here are my top 10 favorite memories of the day:
Wedding Top 10
- Letters. My absolute favorite moment of that day was meeting Brian around a corner right before the ceremony started. My morning had actually started pretty stressful, as I woke up feeling sick and exhausted, which is not how a bride wants to feel on her wedding day. By the time we had arrived at the park I was feeling nervous and overwhelmed at the idea of being the center of attention in front of so many people. Nervous, that is, until I held his hand. (We were specifically positioned so we could talk and hold hands, but still not see each other.) The instant I felt his touch, everything in me settled. My headache went away. Nerves disappeared. Peace settled, and the Spirit of Jesus descended. I was completely lost in love as he read me his letter. The sweetest, most treasured words flowed from his mouth and heart just moments before I walked down the aisle. I was filled with excitement and giddiness. This was not just the best part of the day; it may very well be one of the best few moments of my life. I felt God’s presence so thick, and stood in awe of God’s faithfulness to me. At that moment, I knew I was meant to be Brian’s wife. I was so ready to walk down the aisle and make him my husband.
- Walking down the aisle. I was overcome with the depth of emotion I felt in each one of those footsteps. Several people warned me that it was a very strong emotional and spiritual experience, but I was not prepared for the wave that hit me. I could not hold back the tears – I cried the whole way down! It was like the Holy Spirit pulled me down the aisle Himself. My Dad was on one side, and I knew Jesus was on the other. I will never forget the look on my husband’s face as I walked toward him. The tenderness. The love. The tears. A cherished segment in time that is forever etched in my mind. Walking toward him took seconds but it felt much slower. Once he took my hand, he grinned from ear to ear. It was so precious. We switched demeanors that day. His disposition is normally calm and peaceful, and mine is normally joyful and animated. That day, I had a peace that surpassed all understanding, and he had the joy of the Lord.
- Worship. Never before had I felt so in tune with my Jesus. My heart was singing to my Savior and my hand was holding Brian’s. I felt complete.
- After the pronouncement, we walked back down the aisle and at the end fell into each other’s arms, crying. Neither of us really knew why. The Spirit of God was very prominent in our wedding and I think we were just overcome with joy and gratitude. I felt like we were already one. It was beautiful.
- Kevin’s Prophecy. Our dear friend, Kevin took that moment to prophecy to us about our marriage and future. It was very powerful.
- The party bus. Balboa Park gets very busy on the weekends so we knew parking would be an issue. We rented a party bus to transport us, and our Bridal Party from Balboa Park to Moniker Warehouse, where we had our reception. This was definitely the most fun part of the day! It was like a party with our best friends
- The Bystanders. We prayed consistently during our engagement that God would bless us with His presence at our wedding, and that our covenant would be a witness to others, especially those who do not know Him. Well it just so happens that there was a huge concert at Balboa Park on the day of our wedding. We got married in a stone square that had open archways surrounding it, giving people a great view. There were over 100 hundred onlookers surrounding our square, watching us worship, listening to our vows, and witnessing our covenant. I was being filmed and photographed by strangers, and I did not even care. In fact it made me really happy. I loved the way God answered our prayer, and I hope that hearts were touched as they witnessed our ceremony. The Holy Spirit was there in a powerful way. At our reception there were even some people who got inner healing and deliverance. Yay God.
- Walking through the park with my husband, getting our pictures taken.
- Our First Dance. This was definitely a highlight for me. We held each other tight and sang the words of our song to one another. It was so fitting, so special. I always thought I would feel self-conscious with so many people watching such an intimate moment. But I didn’t care. I was dancing with my husband, and that is all I knew.
- Photo Booth. Taking a picture at the photo booth with all of Brian’s friends from Chicago was just fun and happy.