Our Wedding Day: Part 1
Capturing the most amazing day of my life is not an easy task. How do you even begin and attempt to capture it in words and pictures? Today is our third wedding anniversary and this is a small glimpse of what I experienced on that day.
My mom and aunt were hurriedly trying to lace up the corset at the back of my wedding dress before the wedding began. As they finished, Dr. Gibson came in to pray with us we were minutes away from beginning. It hit me then, this is really happening, I am getting married!
As I stood in the back of the church with my dad, waiting for my bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to the song “Glory in the Highest”, I was in awe…here I am ready to walk down the aisle to my fiance and love of my life. The day that I had waited, dreamed, and prayed for years was actually here. I was overwhelmed by God’s goodness and love.
Years of praying that God would one day write my love story, He had indeed written one more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. He had orchestrated every detail of our lives, our dating, and now our wedding day. “God is able to do more than you could ever think or imagine“. At the crescendo “Glory in the Highest” my dad started walking me down the aisle to meet my bridegroom as tears streamed down my face. The day had come. The moment was here. I was getting married to the man who captured my heart and loved me beyond what I could grasp.
My bridegroom stood waiting for me with the biggest smile on his face and in awe that God has heard his prayer for a wife.
The church was absolutely beautiful, elegant, and full of light. I could not have imagined a more perfect place to be married in. My church had started recently and were meeting in the fellowship hall of this building. The church felt like home. There was a perfect spot outdoors to take pictures. We were able to have the reception in the beautiful fellowship hall.
I absolutely loved every single minute of our wedding day. I remember at one point during our reception, taking a step back and being in awe of how perfect everything came together. We were engaged for four months and I basically planned the wedding in one month. God was so faithful and gave us many wonderful friends and family that helped make our day incredibly special.
Each song we choose for our wedding ceremony was full of meaning and significance. The men entered into the song “How Deep the Father’s love for us“. I have great memories singing this song during a missions trip in Africa.
The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Glory in the Highest“. This is such a powerful and moving song about the glory of God. Our greatest desire was that our marriage brings glory to God.
Our greatest prayer was that each person would feel and know God’s presence during our wedding ceremony. God answered our prayer. Our entire ceremony was truly one big worship experience. Rick, my pastor, read Psalm 103:1-5. “Bless The Lord, O my soul!” One of Stephen and my favorite passages of scripture. And then we did just that. We sang the song “Ten Thousand Reasons” with our guests.
Dr. Gibson, Stephen’s seminary professor and longtime mentor, married us. Dr. Gibson gave a great message about how Stephen’s name means crown and my name, Rebekah, means to yoke. Dr. Gibson encouraged us as a couple to yoke ourselves to Christ and He would crown our marriage.
Our friend Jen sang one of my favorite songs, “In Christ Alone“. I always dreamed about having this song at my wedding. During this powerful song, we did a sand ceremony (similar to a unity candle) and foot washing ceremony. In the same way that Jesus washed his disciples feet, my husband choose to wash my feet to demonstrate servant leadership.
We said our marriage vows as we gave one another our wedding bands. Then with hearts bursting with love, awe, and thankfulness to God, we sang “Forever Reign”. With tears streaming down my face, and hand lifted high in worship to God I sang “The riches of Your love will always be enough, Nothing compares to Your embrace, Light of the world forever reign”
The big moment of being pronounced “husband and wife”. As our guest cheered, my new husband dramatically kissed me.
One of my favorite moments of our wedding was when we danced down the aisle to the song “Oh Happy Day“. We both love gospel music and this song celebrates what a glorious day when our sins are washed away. We were bursting with happiness as a newly married couple.
My husband paused, danced a couple steps, and twirled me around at the front of the church. We continued to dance our way together down the aisle.
Such happiness! We were married!