Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Wedding

Well, so as you know, we got married almost three weeks ago. Here are the highlights, and then I won't bother you all with the details anymore!

Us, greeting.
We were married the morning of January 2nd at a small, old church in a nearby small town. It was below freezing, but sunny. Our goal was to have a small, personal ceremony, so while it was difficult, we had only eighty people attend the actual ceremony. We greeted people at the door, and then moved to the sanctuary for a half hour of singing hymns, led by a quartet.

Don't they look professional?
The ceremony was officiated by Elder Tom Penning, our champion from Kansas, who insisted(demanded, really) on doing the ceremony. He was very affordable, too. We gave him bacon.

That's Mr. Penning in the background.
It was a mercifully short and sweet ceremony, and, I thought, very well worded. No bridesmaids or groomsmen, by mutual desire of the bride and groom. No bouquet; either; and the processional and recessional both featured English Country Dance music.

We braved the cold for pictures.
"I, John, take you, Emily, to be my wedded wife, and do solemnly swear and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to love you as Christ loves the Church, unconditionally and self-sacrificially; to protect you, provide for you, nourish and cherish you all the days of my life; to live with you in plenty and in want; in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; to forsake all others and cleave only unto you, to love you as my own body, and to conform our marriage in submission to God’s Holy Word. For as long as we both shall live, Amen." 

The Rings.

"I, Emily, take you, John, To be my wedded husband; and I do promise and covenant; before God and these witnesses; to be your faithful wife; to follow you and respect you; to submit to your God-given authority; to love and cherish you, to live with you in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; for better or for worse, and forsaking all others, to keep myself only for you, for as long as we both shall live."

Mr. and Mrs.? Wait, that's us!

Following the ceremony and pictures, we had a catered lunch. It was really tasty, and we even got to eat! Glazed chicken, real mashed potatoes with lots of butter, fresh green beans, sixteen pounds of grapes(which was a mistake), and croissants, with mocha cheesecake for dessert. Sooo good.

 Even the decorations turned out well.

Cedar wood: It's epic.

And so we got married. Two weeks later we moved into our first apartment, and the adventure continues!

1 comment:

Robin N said...

John and Emily--Greetings from Japan! Congratulations on your marriage/wedding! I am so happy for you both. What a special ceremony but,....80 people is a lot,I think!! I had about the same number at my wedding and felt is was just right- cozy and personal. May God lead both your hearts and lives as you surrender to Him daily.Put God first,then everything else seems to follow rather like it is supposed to. God is with you wherever you go. Trust Him. *Love in Christ,Robin Nitta*