It was a beautiful summer of weddings for Detroit Lakes Weddings. I enjoyed presiding at weddings on lakeshores, at a community center, at a resort, on a pontoon(!), and of course, at churches. What a joy to help so many couples prepare for their wedding day and to share in the occasion with them and… Continue reading Detroit Lakes Weddings
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."
When I think of love, real love, selfless love – that is what I think of…those thousands of teeny-tiny opportunities each of us get every day to try to make life better and sweeter for each other.
Although my fiance and I had known one another for twelve years before we got engaged, we learned a great deal about each other through those few sessions of pre-marriage counseling. It was an experience that helped us grow not just toward our wedding day but toward our life together.
When you plan your wedding, plan for it to be in a place that matters to you. Don't choose the location because it is fancy or because you think it will look great in the pictures. In the long run, the people who love you will come wherever you invite them to come and they will be happy for you - whether you get married in your living room or in the field behind your house or in the lobby of the movie theater where you had your first date.
When Chris and Nick were married last fall, it was important to them that their boys be involved in the ceremony. At two different points in their lovely wedding ceremony, the boys helped out...
Your wedding day likely won't be perfect - but it will still be beautiful if you remember the reason you are there to celebrate: Love, love, love.