Wedding Week (the event)

0001WWI hope you have enjoyed hearing all the wedding details this week as much as I have enjoyed sharing them.  The paper, the decorations, the bridal wardrobe, the attendants’ attire…it all has led up to right now!  Today we are going wrap it up by walking through the actual wedding day events.  The pictures do a great job of telling most of the story, so I am going to keep my words to a minimum (or at least try to), and invite you to take a peek…

Before we start, I have to show this picture of Rachel and Patrick’s “rehearsal.”

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That’s Timm, the day before the wedding, pausing for a moment from making the outside of our house look as pretty as possible, to do a quick walk through with the bride and groom.  Nice and simple.  And then Timm went back to moving furniture and mulching the flower beds.

The downstairs was transformed for the ceremony.  The the upstairs master suite was transformed into a bridal dressing room where Rachel and our kids got dressed.

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WebbWedding-78When all four of our kids were dressed and ready, they took their place on the black bench, underneath the mirror.  Rachel was sitting on that bench, almost in that exact location, when Patrick asked her to marry him.  It seemed a fitting spot for four special little people.

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The guests began arriving about thirty minutes before the ceremony began.

WebbWedding-83They signed the guest book, chose a flower, and found their assigned seats.

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 With my babies all dressed, I got myself ready, hugged Rachel, and headed downstairs.

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Rachel put on her finishing touches, and waited for Timm to come get her.  Timm had purposefully chosen not to see Rachel in her dress until the moment right before he walked her down the aisle.

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WebbWedding-302They prayed together, and waited for their cue.

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Patrick began the service by welcoming everyone and thanking them for being present for such a special occasion.

WebbWedding-313I sang “Thy Mercy, My God.”

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song…

I almost made it through the entire song without crying, but alas, at the end, the swell of emotion proved too great for me to quell, and I cried tears through the final chorus while the congregation sang “Alleluia” in unison.  What can I say?  My heart was very full.

WebbWedding-97Mark and Charles began playing “The Love of God.”  They sang the first verse as a solo.  Then, on the second verse, Rachel and Timm began walking down the stairs.  Then we, as a body, sang the final verse together.

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, would drain the oceans dry, Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.

WebbWedding-87(This moment, right here, where I could see their shoes tiptoeing down the stairs, is where I fell apart…again.)

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WebbWedding-99The ceremony was beautiful.  Timm did an amazing job, lending such a personal and unique touch to every element.  It was sweet and moving.  And, at times, funny.

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WebbWedding-124Right after the kiss, the violin began playing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”  Timm presented them as Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hogan Webb, and they joyfully recessed to the front porch…

WebbWedding-129…for a sweet first moment together as husband and wife.

WebbWedding-130Timm is a great dad.  He loves his children passionately, and he extends that fatherly love to those who aren’t biologically his own children, and loves them as though they are…as he did with Rachel.  I guess you could say he has the gift of fathering.  Our children are blessed to call him Daddy.

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 Cocktail hour began, and everyone had their picture taken with Rachel and Patrick.  Lillian wants to know when she can take off her party clothes.

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WebbWedding-358When the photographs had all been taken, and the champagne was gone, it was time to go to dinner.  The guests lined up on our sidewalk, confetti cones in hand, and showered the newlyweds on their way to the street.

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WebbWedding-415Hooray!

The confetti on our lawn made me smile for months after.  Little paper reminders of such a happy evening.

All the guests loaded up in cars and drove to Ellerbe Fine Foods, which was less than a mile away.  Rachel and Patrick walked to dinner, which gave them a few sweet moments to spend together, and allowed everyone else to be at the restaurant waiting for them when they arrived.

WebbWedding-419Mr. and Mrs. Webb kicked off the evening with a first dance.

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The song they chose was “January Wedding” by the Avett Brothers.

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I understand because my heart and hers are the same… 

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WebbWedding-148Timm snuck in a little daddy-daughter dance with Norah in the corner.

WebbWedding-155And then he danced with Rachel.  It just doesn’t get any more beautiful than this.  The song was Patty Griffin’s “When It Don’t Come Easy.”  Not a dry eye in the house.

WebbWedding-157If you break down, I’ll drive out and find you, If you forget my love, I’ll try to remind you…

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Patrick and his mom went to town on the dance floor to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

WebbWedding-525There was delicious food, wonderful wine, and lots of toasting.

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And, of course, those giant homemade marshmallows, which made one certain someone very happy.

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WebbWedding-528So happy.

When I look back and remember this day, I feel a few different things.

I feel a sense of accomplishment at how lovely everything turned out, and a feeling of satisfaction at seeing all the hard work pay off in the end.

I feel honored that Rachel and Patrick chose to include our family in their wedding on such an intimate level.

I feel delighted knowing two of my three daughters will remember this event and hopefully want to replicate some of it when it is time for their weddings, and that my son watched his father love others well.

Mostly, I feel a sense of awe.  I saw simple places become sacred.  A living room.  A kitchen.  A staircase.  A hallway.  They became holy, hallowed, filled with glimpses of eternity.  A picture of the bride of Christ arriving to meet her beloved.  A picture of family, gathered around a table to celebrate.  A picture of how the Father calls us, orphaned and abandoned sinners, his own and loves us as His sons and daughters.  All of it, extravagantly beautiful and filled with wonder and truth.

Thank you for coming along with me this week.  It has been nothing but a delight.

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4 Responses to Wedding Week (the event)

  1. Flora says:

    I cannot pinpoint a favorite a the wedding week. I loved ALL of it. It was all beautiful. So well thought out and planned. Thanks for sharing. It was a great reminder of God’s love for us.

  2. Andrea says:

    So lovely. I love the celadon color. Romantic and timeless.

    I just pray in 15-20 years you aren’t too busy with your 3 daughters’ weddings to help me w/my 3 daughters’ weddings. You two have an amazing knack for putting details together.

    It was also a treat looking through the pictures with my kids. Dane asked what you were doing with the guitar. He hasn’t heard you sing!!!! So we feasted on your songs. Traveling On is Dane’s favorite for now. Your songs are timeless as well! Murphie new every word!
    (not bragging, but Bo and I did too)

    Timm is so handsome. I’m just saying. And you said it so well.. He has the gift of Fathering. My kids have been blessed recipients of this love as well.

    So glad you shared!

  3. Ashlee Mason says:

    So lovely and enchanting!

  4. Sandra says:

    Beautiful…thanks for sharing!

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