34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34-35 The Message) A few nights before my wedding, some friends and I… Continue reading Love
One of the most enduring symbols of the wedding day is the exchange of rings after the vows are said. Rings can be very elaborate or very simple, but no matter the price tag, they are meaningful. The history of exchanging rings in a wedding ceremony can be traced back as early as 3000 BC.… Continue reading Wedding Rings
A key part of the wedding service is the vows. Some people write their own vows while others select from previously written vows that reflect their own sentiments. Here is a list of vows I often give couples to choose from - or they can use it as a springboard as they think about how they… Continue reading Vows
Ever wonder what you and your fiance will talk about in pre-marriage counseling? It will vary based on the pastor or officiant you work with. Some pastors use personality inventories, others might have you read a book and then discuss it together with you, while others might have a list of discussion points you will… Continue reading Pre-Marriage Counseling
Out of the corner of my eye, I could sense it was happening. The gorgeous bridesmaid, who had minutes before elegantly teetered down the aisle on her perfectly dyed bridesmaid heels, was beginning to unnaturally sway as I was preaching my small wedding sermon. I glanced over toward her – her face was grayish and… Continue reading Save the Cocktails for after the Ceremony. Please.
Your wedding day doesn't have to look any certain way. There are no prescribed absolutes or trappings you simply MUST have. *You don't need a cake - I adored the wedding where we made our own ice cream sundaes. *You don't need an expensive dress - if you want a fancy dress there are TONS that can… Continue reading What Matters as You Plan Your Wedding:
I've noticed a good wedding photographer doesn't just take pictures - they capture moments. Those moments matter - because even though marriage is about so much more than a wedding day, still, on that occasion the people you love come together to celebrate and who knows when you will all be together again? So savor… Continue reading Tell Me About Your Wedding Day
I adore this picture. This was the day I forgot to tell the bride and groom they could kiss. The bride looked back at me after I had already done the benediction and said, “Don’t I get to kiss him?” I laughed out loud and so did the whole congregation. I love that the photographer… Continue reading Love and Laughter
Dear Matt and Ashley, dear friends and family gathered here for this joyful occasion, God’s grace and peace to you all. Matt and Ashley, I was thinking as I wrote this message for today About how love is often expressed in song and poetry And then I was thinking about all the great poets, like… Continue reading A Wedding Sermon – all in Rhyme!
Philosopher and Theologian Saint Augustine wrote: "Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. It is like roots that grow toward each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches you find that you are one tree and not two."