Thursday, January 12, 2012

Our Wedding

Our Engagement Pictures in Galveston

Planning with Friends
Some details take longer than searching for the perfect bridesmaid's attire (right girls?)

Rehersal Lunch at The Ravellas

Our Wedding

Brady & I were married on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 29th at 4pm. The location could not have been more perfect, along the banks of the Guadalupe river in the backyard of dear family friends, The Brizendines. The guests were almost exclusively family, making the day very intimate and allowing us special time with our new blended families.

Location: Spring Branch, TX
Photography: Kelly Hornberger
Videography: Cousin Alli
Decorations: Carrie Broussard & Noelle Kornegay
Cake: Kristen Babcock
Groom's Cake: Rita Lopez
Kids' Table: Jenny Winter
Rehersal Dinner Host: Jim & Ginger Ravella
Sound: BJ Powers
Dresses: Nordstrom's
Men's Attire: Clothing out of their closets :)
Makeup: Done about 4 minutes I might add
Special jewelry: My Grandma Addie Mae's diamond bracelet

Our sweet friends & family helped with almost every aspect of our wedding & reception. We were so blessed to have the help of my closest girlfriends to make our day incredibly special.

I couldn't have done it without this amazing group of ladies. Their friendship is so important to me.

The Wedding Party
Minister: Michael Harbour

Matron of Honor: Reecie Crotts, sister-in-law of the bride
Valerie Shoup, close friend of the bride
Lisa Hanna, cousin of the bride

Best Man-Jon Sullivan, brother of the groom
Jay Sullivan, brother of the groom
Matt Crotts, brother of the bride

Jr. Groomsman
Zeke Wims

Flower Girls
Kaelyn Wims & Chloe Sullivan

Unique Points of Our Ceremony
-Both my dads walked me down the aisle, Rick Crotts & David Wims
-We presented both Sara & Brad's families with special ribbons to wear that day in memory of both our late spouses & to represent the importance both the families will continue to be in our lives.
-We wore hats & facinators after the ceremony as a toast to the British nuptials that took place a month prior.
-I recorded the song, "Blessings" by Laura Story that was played during our sand ceremony with the kids.

One of my favorite parts of our wedding ceremony was hearing the promises verbalized. It felt solidifying in such an important way and I found it to be especially meaningful.
Here are a few of Michaels words that he shared with us.

Here you are today as Christians. You follow Jesus. I know your commitment to have a Christian marriage.
It means to have a relationship that is characterized by the Way of Jesus.
As a Christian, you both died to self-interest. That is the key to your successful marriage!

Brady, you are promising to give yourself to Jenny. The model of Christian marriage is for husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church, and gives himself up for her (Eph 5: 25).
 You are promising to communicate your love to her and for her.
 You are promising to communicate that love through affection that is not selfish, through listening to her with devoted interest.
 You are promising to love her by sharing your hopes and fears, your truth.
 You are promising to love her through helping her make a household, insuring not only her survival, but her blessing.
 You are promising a devoted partner in parenting all of your children.

Jenny, you are making a covenant promise, too. Wives submit yourselves to your husbands, as to the Lord (Eph 5:22).
Brady is entrusting his life to you today.
 He trusts you, as you promise to be the love of his life.
 He wants to share the fun of life with you.
 You are promising to be his companion, his beautiful wife. He is dazzled by you! You make him proud!
 You are promising to provide for him a refuge from the battles of the world.

This is love.
Love is more than a feeling…Love is something you do.
As the Apostle Paul reminds us: (1 Cor 13)
Love shows itself in patience and in kindness.
There is nothing that genuine love cannot face because genuine love never fails, never becomes obsolete, and never ends.


  1. Your wedding was beautiful and as a result, ya'll have a beautiful family! You both just radiate the love you have for each other and for your sweet children.....may God continue to bless your family. We love to see pictures....keep those up! (Jenny, you were my neighbor when you lived in Deer Park...small world!). Susan

  2. So thankful to be able to connect again with your blog. God bless your new life--come see everyone in Houston soon!

  3. On a day when I've posted a tribute letter on my own blog to a good friend of mine who's just lost her husband way too young, it makes my heart happy to see you both smiling in these photos. Very glad you found your way to each other.

  4. Hi Jenny, this is Lisa Chaddock, friend of Anna Spears, from Horace Mann. I just wanted to say that I am so happy for you and I love reading your blog! I no longer live in TX, moved to Illinois this past summer, so I am so glad I was able to meet you beforehand and can now read along as you journal about your life.

  5. "New" Sullivan Family, Oh, I'm so excited to see you all are back. My co-worker and friend, Kelly, became a reader of Brady's blog and suggested I follow along (She thought my hubby might have met Brady when he went through "school" at Maxwell. Yes, we're an AF family, too. He's recently retired as of October as a Captain/Major Select - He didn't stay long enough to pin it on. His total years of service was something like 23+ and with a newborn - our little retirement gift as we call him - came along, he decided it was time to "settle down".). I was hooked. And Jenny, when he met you, I went back to your very first blog post and read every single one. I've never been so blessed by a story like yours, and I'm so happy for you! Thanks for blogging again. And I can't wait to tell Kelly, "The Sullivan's are blogging again!!" Have a great weekend!! ~Cindi

  6. Love all the pictures and the way they are laid out too! Beautiful! Wish we could do all that when I got married! Glad you'll be blogging again and love seeing your growing family. Love to you all!

  7. What a beautiful wedding & beautiful family! LOVE that you recorded "Blessings" too!! Wishing you many, many blessings in your new life together with Brady and your gorgeous children!!


  8. Amazing! I came across Brady's blog right after it started and I have been visiting since, and was so excited when he posted about you. I hope your husband's and Sarah's (or is it spelled Sara? I'm sorry I don't remember!) families feel blessed by your current happiness and blessed to have more people to love. May God help you keep their memories alive while making new memories as your families come together. I'm excited to read more about your lives and your three beautiful children!!!

  9. I have been praying for Brady & Chloe since the beginning & then prayed for you both. So happy to see that everyone is healthy & happy. You both deserve the best.

  10. Such a sweet love story! Thanks for sharing.