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Once Upon a Time....

>> Monday, May 19, 2008

Once upon a time, there was a little princess with blonde curly pigtails named Lydia, who lived with her family in a small town. Princess Lydia had a dream….she wanted to grow up and marry a Prince that was her best friend and have a dream wedding. It was more than a dream, it was a desire of the heart that was heard in the heavenlies by her Father God who loved her more than she could even comprehend.

On April 26, 2008, that dream became a reality. Princess Lydia was joined together with her best friend, Prince Christopher. The 2:00 p.m.ceremony was performed by Pastor Mitch, a long time friend of both families. Family and friends gathered to witness what God has done in bringing Lydia and Chris together.

Family and friends were serenaded by a string quartet that ushered in the grandparents and the parents as the candles were lit. The mothers of the couple lit the tapers of the Unity candle, and Pastor Mitch took his place at the altar. Chris, along with his best friend Caleb, as the Best Man, stood in the front waiting with great anticipation for the rest of the bridal party to walk down the aisle. 

The bridesmaids were breathtaking in long strapless clover green dresses and carrying a mixed bouquet of white and green flowers. The groomsmen were handsome in their black tuxes accented with silver ties. Jennifer was escorted by her husband Joshua. Sarah walked down the aisle with Joe from Hong Kong. Kristin was escorted by Jeff. And Kassia walked with her husband Jacob. Then Hannah, Lydia’s sister as the Matron of Honor, began her walk down the aisle. She joined up with the Best Man and they took their place. The flower girl, Grace and the ring bearer, Ethan, walked perfectly down the aisle and brought smiles to the wedding party and the guests.

The music changed from “Canon in D” to “Trumpet Voluntary”. The Prince groom’s eyes looked toward the back of the church and got a glimpse of his beautiful Princess bride standing next to her father. Chris’s lips began to quiver. His eyes began to fill with tears as everyone stood to bring honor to this beautiful bride, Lydia, that God had prepared just for Chris since the beginning of time. As Lydia and her dad were walking toward the love of her life, they both had tears, knowing that truly God has done a great thing in the lives of this couple. Lydia and her dad stopped in the aisle for that precious daddy/daughter moment where the father gives his little girl to the young man that has captured her heart.

Chris was wiping his tears as he received Lydia as his own and they stepped together onto the altar to make this life commitment before God and family and friends.

The ceremony continued with worship led by Hannah, Jeff and Shiloh. The presence of God was evident as His Name was lifted up and worshipped. Pastor Mitch brought a message of commitment and laced with humor just for Lydia and Chris and they recited vows that were written by the father of the bride. 

The couple exchanged rings, lit the unity candle and shared communion. Chris and Lydia were pronounced man and wife and then Chris kissed his bride with a kiss that brought great resounding joy among the guests and popping firecrackers from the groomsmen. 

The reception was held at the City Auditorium that was transformed into a place that took your breath away. Guests walked through an entrance of pillars into a soft white tent of romantic lights and fairy tale dreams. The bouquets of gladiolas with corkscrew willow branches made a grand appearance on the appetizer and food tables. 

Round guest tables were decorated with bouquets of fresh fruit and moss in tall trumpet vases and mixed bouquets of flowers and candlelight. The guests were welcomed by the bride’s parents and all glory was given to God for His faithfulness in Chris and Lydia’s life.

Appetizers and dinner was served accompanied with music from the live orchestra that young and old alike enjoyed. After dinner, the Best Man shared fun times of growing up and his heart of love for his sister and his best friend in his toast to the happy couple. And the Matron of Honor followed suit in sharing special memories of growing up and blessings and honor to Lydia and Chris.

The Bride and Groom danced to the video pictures of their lives. The fabulous cake was cut. And an evening of dancing began with the orchestra that played Big Band music that was a great joy to all the generations. The ring bearer and flower girl stole the show for a moment as Ethan twirled Grace around and around on the dance floor to everyone’s amazement. 

The goal of the months of planning this special day was accomplished when Lydia hugged her parents before she and Chris left and said “This was my dream wedding”. But more than that, was the desire that God would be glorified in Chris and Lydia’s special day and throughout their journey in this life. For it is God that had a plan for them from the beginning. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for good and not evil, for a future and a hope.”

The support of family and friends made the day extra special and fun for all. The Bride’s parents were heard saying “We wish we could do it all over again next weekend because we had so much fun!”.

We stand on tiptoes to see the plans unfold in the lives of this young couple in the Kingdom of God. All glory to God for the great things that He has done.

In the weeks following the wedding, we have heard wonderful comments about the wedding. We would reply saying “as long as God was glorified, that’s what we wanted.” To which the people would reply “yes He was glorified and honored.”

I am very thankful that we were able to bring glory and honor to God. But I want to take it a step further. I asked God that I would hear of peoples’ lives that were changed because they were in the presence of God. 

During the ceremony, a friend of ours was worshipping in the back of the church. He said that many people entered into worship. Some just swayed with the music. But he said it was like God came down with keys in His hand and was unlocking hearts during worship. I want to hear about those hearts that were “unlocked” by God Himself. 

I actually spoke with one gal that said she’d never experienced a service like Lydia’s and Chris’s. She said she was crying at one point and then she had goosebumps and then she was crying again. I told her it was the presence of God. I know that God is tugging on her heart and calling her to come closer to Him. 
So again I say, all glory and honor to Jesus who wrote this whole story of the Princess and the Prince. And they will live happily ever after as they follow the plan the God has for them.

Pictures coming soon.
Blessings to all!


javamamma May 20, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

God's anointing is even on this beautifully written story. Amazing day it was! I'm so excited to watch as Chris & Lyd continue on this adventure God has planned for them.

eph2810 June 20, 2008 at 2:14 AM  

What a wonderful recount of the awesome wedding. This you should print out for your children to keep as part of their wedding memories :)

Thank you so much for sharing - Glory to God in the highest!

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