How is it possible? It wasn’t really all that long ago that my husband, Steve, and I stood at the front of the church exchanging our vows – was it? But just last month, our daughter and son-in-law did the same. With heart-felt words and the exchange of rings, they began their lives together. My husband and I returned home to begin a new chapter of our lives.A look back
In April, Steve and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage. I still remember the countless emotions that washed over me on our wedding day – excitement, nervousness, nostalgia, joy. From the time I got up that spring day, I anticipated becoming “Mrs. Morgan.” I was marrying my best friend, the soul-mate God had provided for me.
Nerves took center stage as I thought about walking down the aisle. Never eager to be the center of attention, my heart beat in double time as I anticipated everyone’s gaze focused on me as I would slowly make my way to the front of the church. Just thinking about it made the butterflies in my stomach multiply exponentially.
The knots in my stomach eased when I thought of my sweet parents; nostalgia took over. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and a heart condition, my Dad had been ill most of my growing up years. The walk up the aisle on his arm would be unforgettable. My Mom had always been there as a faithful cheerleader. Both of them were proud of me.
Joy filled my heart to overflowing. God’s design for marriage was beautiful. Husband and wife together portrayed an exquisite picture that pointed to the gospel (click to tweet). I wanted our marriage to be that kind of picture.Worth a thousand words
Pictures have changed so much since our wedding. I didn’t really notice it until my Mom commented on our daughter’s engagement pictures, “They’re so casual now-a-days!” And of course everything is digital too. Photo albums still have their place, but 24 years ago, they were all we had.
Ever since I was young, I envisioned myself getting married in a specific church nestled in the woods that was 30 minutes from my parents’ house. It had been the site of several weddings when I was growing up and it was where I wanted to get married too. Wonderful architecture with just a bit of a modern flair, the church was the perfect venue for our ceremony.
Arriving at the church, I remember being ushered to a big room downstairs where the bridesmaids and I had plenty of room to get ready. My hair had been fixed at a salon early that morning, and I already wore my veil. Slipping into my satin and lace wedding gown gave everything a fairytale-like quality.
Dozens of pictures followed; with our photographers taking classic pictures of me with parents and bridesmaids, and then capturing my husband-to-be with his family and groomsmen. Although I’d done a lot of smiling for pictures, nothing could keep the smile off my face as I stood in the vestibule with my Dad waiting to take that memorable walk.
Our conversation was light as we waited for the church bells to ring, signaling our entrance. Strains of Pachelbel’s Canon in D filled the sanctuary as we made our way toward the front. Elation replaced the jitters and my focus shifted to my groom.Mr. & Mrs.
Long before any “I do’s” were spoken, Steve and I were already committed to one another. The ceremony itself made that decision public. In a flurry of well-wishes after the wedding, my husband and I got into the waiting limousine with our best man and maid of honor for a cruise around the town.
Our photo album just wouldn’t have been complete without taking pictures of the bridal party at Dow Gardens. The 110-acre gardens had been a favorite strolling spot for me and Steve; and very sentimental as well – it was where Steve proposed to me.
The photographers had a bit of fun in this beautiful setting, taking what were some non-traditional shots at the time. From comical group shots to more intimate portraits of my new husband and me, the photos highlighted our special day.
We were introduced as “Mr. & Mrs. Morgan” when we arrived at the reception hall, and made the most of the evening as we celebrated with family and friends.Another Mr. & Mrs.
As I remember with fondness all the details that made up our special day, I relished playing my role as mother-of-the-bride on our daughter’s big day. I want to be a cheerleader for our daughter and her new husband as they begin their new journey together. I’m so proud of them. And my prayer is for their marriage to be a picture that never goes out of style; a picture that points others to Christ.
Maria I. Morgan is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!
(You can purchase a copy of her children’s book, “Louie’s BIG day!” on Amazon. You can also find her devotionals and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking, at www.mariaimorgan.com)