Yesterday Bayer and Elena got married at a beautiful wedding in the woods. I was the official videographer, so I only had time to take a few photos, but I think I’ve got enough pictures to tell you “all about it!” Elena is the daughter of my dearly beloved prayer partner, Cindi, and her hubby. The wedding was held at Wabasis Lake Park. (Lovely campground, too, BTW.) Cindi is an energetic and very gifted organizer as well as a devoted mom.She began preparations as soon as she knew there was going to be a wedding, including such special touches as home made jam for each guest,and a quilt we could all sign as one of her wedding gifts for the newly weds. Her husband, Rex, is equally creative and gifted, and I can’t imagine how many hundreds of hours he must have spent making intricate decorations…for the wedding site, the tables, playful signs, birch bark lanterns, and even a huge frame where anyone who wanted their picture taken could get one free of charge. (My daughter-in-law Brianna and son Dan offered their talents to help on this.) Elena’s sisters were not only in the wedding party, They helped provide beautiful music for the wedding.Annika used her recently-honed skills from working at a bakery in Denver to mastermind a gourmet dessert buffet of fill-up-your-own tarts, & Ilsa, a highly gifted young art student, contributed her time and talents as well! The list of loved ones who put their hearts into the project just goes on & on! Susan (with whom Cindi and I have a “birthday club”) worked tirelessly, along with her husband Steve, who actually took 3 days off work to help out! Cindi’s two sisters came to help as well! Lynn and her husband, Richard, came early and worked long and hard. Cindi’s sister Donna came from New Mexico to help out for several days. I had the fun of working with Susan, Lynn, and Donna arranging the tables & decorating everything using huge buckets of flowers and hundreds? of bottles, which was—I dare say—tons of fun as well as a lot of work! Are you tired just thinking about all the work yet? Rhonda provided lunch for us, along with her sister Bev, who also helped her husband, Doug, with the sound. Even the groom and his groomsmen came to help out with the set up. They were super helpful, and I’m not really sure we could have gotten done in time without them!! What a really sweet group of young men! 🙂 (The wedding party dressed very casually…befitting for the bride and groom!)Tom and Lynnie were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies and kept everything running smoothly during the wedding. “Our” pastor, Rick, officiated, although one of their professors also participated. Need I go on? They didn’t serve alcoholic beverages, but they had a huge table with so many fun options for various fruity “virgin” drinks, and so there were servers helping out here and there.
The actual dinner was professionally catered so all the guests could just relax and enjoy the party. Afterward, they had games and activities for the children, and as the sun set, a friend taught everyone who was interested how to do country-style dancing.
I think it really was a picture perfect wedding, thanks to Elena, Bayer, and every one of their family and friends who lavished love on them!
Working together to bring about something precious and beautiful is really a joy, and so much fun!
Are you living within the framework of a thriving fellowship family? I sincerely hope so!
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.
You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.
From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong! (—Bill and Gloria Gaither)