Going to the Chapel!
After the ring which was in August (4 months after we started dating), came Vegas (8 months after dating). Why Vegas? Well, my mom and dad had already paid for a huge, beautiful wedding and I thought this would be a fun, inexpensive way to save face the second time. Ponder the Vegas chapel idea for a while…..Not a church…It was a fun, wild, tiring weekend. It was Thanksgiving, we had family fly in (about 20 people total) and things still went NOT as planned, just like they do in a real church, big wedding! I was going to rent a dress and the place was closed, we argued over where to eat dinner because we lacked patience to wait in a very long line. Will did not want me to go out with (they know who they are) to a strip club but my, lets just call her Sultan (as not to embarrass her) went in my place (and she was under-age). I didn’t want to sleep in the same hotel room the night of our wedding. Well, that didn’t work out since everyone was out partying. So, Will and I spent most of our night before the wedding arguing and me crying since it wasn’t working out as I planned. So, the next day someone didn’t show to a very very important breakfast I had planned and the result was me arguing with my mom. After all was said it done it turned out beautiful at http://www.monbelami.com/ and the cake by http://www.freedsbakery.com/ and dinner at Lawry’s steak house (prime rib)….If you ever go to Vegas you have got to get a cake from there AMAZING!!! When the wedding was over, we stayed a few days and slept through “O” Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio…I know seriously it was so good but we couldn’t keep our eyes open. All of these events would teach us wonderful lessons in the future and today.
Why a church wedding? As I write more, tell more of our story and get to the “Turning Point” of our lives, I will touch back on each of the pages I have written, but if you are reading this now I want to go ahead and tell you that a CHURCH wedding is the Mulligan that we will use for our 5 year (Re-Married) Anniversary. By having a church wedding you have God’s glorious power for a beautiful marriage. I may have some comments saying that “we got married at such and such, are Christ-followers and happy” and I will just say, I am happy for you. Blessings for 50 more years. As a divorced and remarried couple, we have learned how important this is and we are going to raise our children to know that weddings are in a church. That doesn’t mean we don’t support others who choose another venue, but for our house, We Will Serve the Lord and that includes their wedding day. The reason to be married in a church is for the marriage, not the wedding! A Christian marriage is a sacrament.
We cant take that moment or choice back. In a few years I hope you are reading this when there is a picture of my husband, Will and I, getting married in a church. What we can do is tell others our story and hope that when they read this, they too will choose a church. My husband, after God, is the most important, most endearing man to me. I pray that my children step in to a church 15 or so years from now to say I do to the woman we have been praying God will bring them. A “church”… With all the difficulties marriages face, and the staggering divorce rate, why not get back to the basics. Wedding were probably held in churches more often than not back in the days. Where were you parents and grandparents married?
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