Rachel and Wes' original wedding plans were for April 25th and a guest list of two hundred. When the covid lock down began we thought it would be two weeks and then we'd be finishing up the details for their big day. The date kept getting extended and finally it extended to April 30th and we realized we would have to postpone their wedding. We were to get out of lock down on the 30th, then it was May 8th, so a date was set for May 16th.
We knew we couldn't do a large gathering, so we kept it immediate family. Rachel and Wes had to give up so much in regards to their plans for their wedding day that I wanted to make sure that it still had all the special things of a big celebration - loved ones, beautiful flowers, good food, a first dance.
During the times of uncertainty of whether we could have this wedding, we prayed, and we had to wait. It was hard to have so much be unknown. We talked and planned, and cried some tears, and we prayed. God moved in amazing ways.
One of the first problems was that all of our state and local licensing offices closed in early March. They had not gotten their marriage license yet, with the wedding at the end of April, and their was no warning that offices were going to close.
Two weeks before the wedding they found out that they could now set up an online interview to get their license. They still had to mail in some paperwork, but the license came three days before the wedding!
The other issue was ordering flowers. The floral supply in NJ was not shipping until after April 30th, and then when the lockdown was extended we were unsure if they would ship until after that. But they were able to ship, so I was able to order all the flowers needed for the floral work - bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and table arrangements.
Our pastor was willing to do the wedding and we were able to use our church building, as there is a religious exemption for gatherings.
A big desire on Rachel's part was that she would be able to get her braces off before the wedding. This was supposed to happen back in April, but now we thought it wouldn't happen. The weekend before the wedding dentists and orthodontists were able to open again if they had ppe. Our orthodontist office had donated theirs, since they'd been closed, so they had to wait for a new shipment to come in before they could open. The ppe came in and they got Rachel in on Friday morning! She also got her clear liners! A huge miracle!
We saw all of these things as God providing what we needed just when we needed it, even to braces removal. We are giving Him all the credit!
So now we have a new son, and a radiant daughter. They are so happy, and so are we!
Here is a link to watch a recording of the wedding in full if you are interested.
I know some of you have been praying for us since this all started and we thank you! Some of you have seen some of these photos on Instagram, so I hope you don't mind seeing them again. These are all just people's candid shots. We can't wait to see the professional photos!