The other night Tim and I were talking about our very small budget for Lindsay's wedding and I said, "We just need to pray for God to give us good ideas for a simple but lovely wedding."
As you know I asked on the blog about a morning wedding and afternoon reception, thinking to keep expenses down by not having to serve a meal to 200 people. I got a lot of great feedback and decided to do what I was the most comfortable doing which was a brunch reception right after the ceremony. This was very doable to our budget and I had a plan for having a quiche making party at our house a few weeks before the wedding!
Then today, I got a call that changed everything. My friends Amy and Bonnie had been scheming together and brought Becky in on it too.
They want to give us the reception as a gift. Yes, you read that right. As their gift to Lindsay and Joseph they want to take care of the whole reception, planning the food (after getting a menu from Lindsay) setting it up, running it the day of the wedding, and paying for it.
Tears came to my eyes as my precious friend Amy explained all this to me. God is so amazing, and our dear brothers and sisters at our church are such a blessing. We're a family through and through.
I also have another friend Susan, who does beautiful things with flowers. She offered to make all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for the wedding, and flowers for the sanctuary. We will cover the cost of the flowers but she will arrange it all and have them ready to go, as a gift to us. This is such a blessing, because I love to do flowers but as the mother of the bride I think it could be stressful to have to be doing that the day before the wedding.
I am still overwhelmed. But I am thankful and learning to accept my Father's provision and goodness to me, his daughter.
Now, onto finding a location and a dress. I am not stressed. My God will provide everything we need. I am so glad you are on this journey with me.