In my life there have been occasions where God has made His presence in a situation immensely known. These times have left no doubts that His divine plan is taking place. Our entire wedding story was like that! When Byrd asked me to marry him, we prayed that night for God to use our wedding in a way that was pleasing to Him and that would glorify Him. We promised to follow his steps the entire way. We continued praying that prayer throughout our journey to the alter and God showed up in an awesome way for us.
God showed Himself in many ways throughout our engagement, wedding day, and even our honeymoon. This is my testimony about the blessings that our Heavenly father poured out on us during that very special time in our lives.
I’ve always loved the water. Oceans are my favorite. But lakes come in a close second. Lake Norman holds a special place in the hearts of my husband and I because it’s the backdrop of the first years of our love story. The venue that we chose is about 3 miles from the high school he coached at for 6 seasons. We learned about the venue after his team had their banquet there. I fell in love with it then.
When we initially booked the venue, it was for Sunday, March 27th which would have been Easter Sunday. The planners double booked us for a member event that had been previously scheduled for that day. I was momentarily devastated when I got the call asking if we could consider other dates. We had already booked our photographer and I’d already started designing our Save the Dates! However, the venue offered us a deal. If we moved our wedding back to that Friday the 25th, they’d take money off our rental and they would include a few awesome freebies such as the dance floor, lighting, the runners we wanted, chargers, etc.
I should mention that our budget was a factor in our wedding planning that we couldn’t afford to take lightly. With that being said, any savings that we got were huge blessings. Through our venue experience, we were reminded of how God will work things out that seem horrible at the time to actually be in your best interest.
Through our engagement I learned that God loves a good love story. March 25th was already a special date for us before we had to move our wedding back to that date.
We first told each other that we wanted to be more than friends on that day years before. March 25th is kind of when it all started. So when we had to move our wedding from the 27th to the 25th, it was actually kind of perfect.
I knew what dress I wanted before Byrd proposed. It was the Adorae Louise by Maggie Sottero. The thing was that Adorae Louise had been discontinued. I found another dress that I liked okay enough, but just when I was about to buy it, a friend of mine who was getting married before me bought the same dress.
The situation left me a little bummed. There was no reason for me to be though because God had something better planned. I decided to try to find the Adorae by Maggie Sottero and get straps added to make it similar to the Adorae Louise. So I started calling around. When I called Dar-Lynns Bridal and asked if they had any Adoraes that I could try on, they said “No, we have one called Adorae Louise but you would have to buy it off the rack because the company no longer produces them.”
Y’all, I couldn’t breath as I asked the size. When she said it was a wedding dress size 18, I almost passed out. That was right around what I needed to fit my normal size 14! The store was closing soon so I ran to car looking like absolute crap on a lazy Saturday, drove 40 minutes, tried on the dress, cried because it fit perfect, and said yes to the dress! My dress!!! The one I’d had pinned to my secret Pinterest board for months! The cherry on top was that the gown which normally retails for over $2000 was marked down to right at $700 because it was a sample.
Again, God had written another piece of our wedding story more perfectly than I ever could have. He had turned another trial into a blessing and saved us more money in the process.
Our friends and family were so very sweet to us throughout our entire engagement and wedding process. We were both humbled by how people went out of their way to make us feel loved. I still tear up thinking about my bridal shower. Our true friends and family wanted our wedding experience to be memorable and pure.
We had seriously amazing wedding parties, cousins, friends, and family surrounding us. Our premarital counseling with our officiant was awesome. My cousin who is the closest thing to a Dad that I have on earth walked me down the isle and took on many of the father of the bride duties. My mom guarded my dress on our wedding day with her life making sure no one tainted it. It was all so sweet and we appreciated every single thing.
Now, there were one or two people who had ulterior motives. The devil will always try to play his hand and ruin something good that God is working on. All I will say about that is that we prayed for God to remove anyone who was trying to make our wedding about them and to remove people who didn’t genuinely have our best interests at heart. Some people were not able to attend. Weddings have a way of exposing people around you who should and shouldn’t be there.
The week before we got married I was at a Special Olympics event with my class and randomly checked the weather for our wedding date. That’s when I saw that there was an 80% of rain predicted. I couldn’t focus the rest of the day. I called our venue asking about tenting the area that we’d reserved for our outside ceremony and the prices were cray. So we got to praying. We prayed with our officiant at rehearsal and at our last meeting. We prayed together every night.
On our wedding day, there wasn’t a single drop of rain. It was a really beautiful day. At one point I looked outside before the ceremony and I felt like I could feel my Dad’s presence in the rays of sun, as if maybe he had worked something out with God and it was my Dad’s wedding gift to us since he couldn’t be there in the flesh. Standing outside with my groom during our ceremony, I felt both God and my Dad’s presence surrounding me. It was surreal. A rare moment of perfection on this imperfect earth.
We knew we were vacationing on the Emerald Coast for our honeymoon. In fact,we had a reservation at a hotel in Destin, Florida that I wasn’t thrilled about. However, there was a new hotel that had just opened that I fell in love with. And it was oceanfront! For those who haven’t been there, most of Destin’s hotels are across the street from the ocean so oceanfront is a sweet find. The drawback was that the new hotel was more expensive than we had budgeted for.
We scheduled to leave for our honeymoon two days after our wedding. I was still high on life from our wedding and thought I should just call the new hotel and see what happens. Well, the guy who answered gave us a big discount for being newlyweds. I immediately cancelled our other reservation.
When we arrived at the new hotel for our honeymoon, we were further blessed. The man who made our reservation had upgraded us to an oceanfront suite! It was perfect.
God had shown out yet again and our honeymoon was amazing.
Our wedding story left me with a personal testimony of God’s goodness and the belief that God loves true love stories. I believe that it’s logical since God lives wherever love dwells. Our faith was tested throughout our wedding story and often times, things got bad before they got good. That lesson is one that has stuck with me. I learned to trust the truth that no matter who or what comes against me in any area of my life, God will always use it so that it will end up bettering me. I also learned that God really does want amazing things for our lives and if we let Him, he will write our stories more perfectly than we ever could by our own means.
Another blessing that we received was that of our awesome videographers at CLT Production! They are seriously amazing and my wedding videos still make me cry. In honor of our one year anniversary that we celebrated yesterday, I’m sharing them with you guys because you’re my people <3
With Grace + Love,
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