Marry the Love of My Life

September 2nd, 2017

Two years, three months, and 18 days since the day I told you those three words. It only took a few months before I knew you were the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

He’s a Jesus-lover, fireman, guitar enthusiast, chef, and loves his momma, too. (Back off he’s mine) An outdoor wedding at the beginning of September could not have been more perfect.

Bride and groom outdoor wedding

The wedding day began at 8am sharp, with frizzy hair and excitement. Me and five bridesmaids were to be at the bridal loft in the venue ready to be beautified. Mimosas were toasted and laughter echoed through the barn as our hair went from frizz to perfect. The sun shone through the windows; the temperature not a degree above 75.

The venue was already decorated exactly how I imagined it, plus more. The sun hit the sequins just right on the rose gold runners, with white and blush roses rising elegantly out of their vases in the middle of the tables. The white fabric draped from the ceiling while twinkling lights wrapped around the beams. The venue was ready to hold around 170 people with a dance floor in the center. An absolute dream.

Caterer set up at wedding reception

Table setting and center pieces at wedding rose gold

Roses and table setting at barn wedding

Curtis and I were to see each other for the first time at 1pm, with pictures to follow continually until the ceremony began at 5:30pm. 12:55pm – my heart was in my throat because my soon-to-be husband was about to see me in my wedding dress!! Holy moly!! Everything had to be perfect – my hair, my lipstick… did I get it on my teeth? Did my dress look okay? You know, all of the main questions.

The time finally came when I was walking up behind Curtis, and tapped on his shoulder to have him turn around to see me for the first time. We were able to pray together over the day and the ceremony that was about to take place as we began our life together as one, for the Kingdom of God. The pictures flowed after this and everything else was a blur as we awaited 5:30pm.

Groom seeing his bride for the first time

Bride and groom

“It Was Always You,” by Ingrid Michaelson played as my dad walked me down the aisle. Dramatic yet elegant, and every word being sang completely true. It was, and always has been, you. From the very beginning. Not a worry or doubt crossed my mind as our eyes met while I walked down the aisle; just pure joy.

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Unity Ceremony

For our unity ceremony, we changed things up a bit – we washed each other’s feet. As John 13:12-17 states:

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, slaves, and those whom society deemed “unworthy.” Casting aside every judgement made on the person before him, Jesus bent down to the ground, with water and a rag, and demonstrated love, respect, honor.

Just as Jesus did, so must we.

Bride washing groom's feet at wedding ceremony

Man washing his bride's feet wedding ceremony

To portray Christ’s sacrificial love for us, Curtis and I got down on the ground, with water and a rag, and in front of our witnesses displayed respect, love, and honor that we were promising to show each other for the rest of our lives. To the tune of “Love is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield, we vowed to humbly serve each other with Christ in the center until death do us part.

Soon after, with teary eyes and smiling faces, we were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Napier.

The Reception

As we and everyone else filed out of the ceremony location, around the corner waited a cocktail hour for people to mingle while Curtis and I finished up final photographs. We had two signature drinks, which was the only liquor served. The bride’s Blushing Bride: Coconut rum, sprite, grenadine (to give it a pink color). And the groom’s Arnold Palmer: Sweet tea, lemonade, and sweet tea vodka. Other options at the bar were white wine, red wine, and three different kinds of beers.

Dinner was served, cake was smashed into each other’s faces, and boogie-ing took place on the dance floor. What a love-filled day and night surrounded by all of our friends and family! We could not be more blessed.

Immediately after the ceremony, we began our drive to New Orleans, LA Carnival Cruise port. Click here to read about our experience on a cruise! {Check back TOMORROW and 10am}

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Marry the Love of My Life
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Marry the Love of My Life
Details of crossing this beautiful moment off of my bucket list. Also, read about our unity ceremony and why it was so important to us.
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