Planning with Friends
Some details take longer than others....like searching for the perfect bridesmaid's attire (right girls?)
Rehersal Lunch at The Ravellas
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
Men's Attire: Clothing out of their closets :)
Makeup: Done myself...in 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
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.