Thursday, October 15, 2015

Matt & Abbey - The Wedding Day

I apologize for posting this a week late - accidentally took a hiatus last week. 

Sharing their story over the past few weeks has been so sweet. I wanted to share their story because of what Abbey posted on Facebook a while back + you'll get to read it at the end. Abbey, along with friends + family, DIY'd her wedding. Just by looking at the photos, I think you'll agree, it was simply gorgeous! 

1} The Wedding Date

We got married on January 3, 2015 in Cartersville, Georgia, my home town!

2} The Venues

Our ceremony was at Tabernacle Baptist Church, and the reception was at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

3} Did you have any morning jitters?

I didn't have any real morning jitters; I was more or less just nervous about everything going as planned! When you do so much of a wedding DIY, it can be a little nervewracking to be the bride and be unable to help make things run smoothly! Fortunately, one of my greatest friends, Codie Haddon, helped to plan and coordinate our wedding, and he did an incredible, incredible job. Everything happened so smoothly, and I really don't remember any major hiccups!

{Codie, Megan, Abbey, Matt + Patrick, the best of friends}

4} What was your favorite part about your wedding day?

I really loved our ceremony. We worked the hardest on preparing for the ceremony, and it came together so beautifully. I really couldn't have asked for anything more. We wanted all of the music in the ceremony to be both songs that are meaningful to us and songs that point to Christ. We used "He's Always Been Faithful", "I Love to Tell the Story", "Blessed be the Tie", "Echoes of Heaven/By Faith", "Revelation Song", "We Vow to One Another" and "Come Thou Fount". These were sung by some of our favorite people who have such gifts in music. One of the best moments was hearing the entire congregation (almost 600 people) singing "Revelation Song" together. It felt like a glimpse of what heaven will be like, when all of creation cries out "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come!" I especially loved that "I Love to Tell the Story" was sung by children's choir, most of whom were in a choir I taught at TBC and that "We Vow to One Another" was sung by an adult choir comprised of church and community friends who love music. It was incredibly beautiful and completed my vision of having a choir like at Maria von Trapp's wedding in The Sound of Music! We also worked really hard to select Scripture to be read that pointed to God's creation of the marriage covenant and His desire for marriage to be a display of the Gospel. To do so, we had several friends and mentors who read Ephesians 2:20-22, Ephesians 5:22-33, and Revelation 19:6-9. We also had selections from Psalm 112 and Proverbs 31 read to examine our individual roles as husband and wife. I was really grateful that three pastors who have played significant roles in our lives were able to be a part of the ceremony, as well - the worship pastor from my home church, the senior pastor from Matt's home church, and my host dad from my Junior Miss/DYW days in Mobile. It has been really special to have these three great men of God pouring into us throughout our relationship and especially on our wedding day. We closed the ceremony with the signing of a marriage covenant, which has our vows and covenant to one another beautifully calligraphed for us to hang in our home as a reminder of our covenant to God and to one another.

{how adorable are these children!}

Ephesians 2:20-22 "Built on the foundation of the apostles + prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together + rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit."

{LOVE all of the greenery and candles}

Ephesians 5:22-23 "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior."

Revelation 19:6-9 "The I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: 'Halledlujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fin linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear.'  (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, 'Write: "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"' and he added, 'these are the true words of God'."

5} Someone gave you great honeymoon advice, do you mind sharing?

Choosing a location was a little difficult at first, but we had some good guidance that helped lead us to the PERFECT place. Matt really wanted to go to the beach (like the Caribbean), but first off, January is their peak season so it's very expensive, and second off, I don't exactly love bathing suits! A friend of mine had really encouraged me that it would be important that I feel very comfortable wherever we went on our honeymoon, as so many changes were taking place at once! She also mentioned that wherever we went, we might want to try to get back home by Friday, so that we'd have two days to get our home settled before returning to work on Monday. She was right on both accounts! After a good bit of research on some wedding websites and the Southern Living Hotel Collection, we settled on the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. It was absolute perfection! Palmetto Bluff is a small community with a few homes, cottages, restaurants, shops, beautiful waterfront, and trails. It was beautiful in every possible way and had the best food. Even though it was January, it was in the mid 50's and 60's every day, so it was great weather to go ride bikes, take walks, or go canoeing. We also really enjoyed taking advantage of the spa! I would highly recommend it!

Just like with Alex + Brooke, Matt + Abbey gave a wedding CD called "Hymns and Hers" {how adorable!} as a favor. We are working on getting that together for y'all!! Don't y'all just love these sweet brides?!

I mentioned earlier that Abbey has a precious story to tell about her wedding day...
The Story of the Letters

On July 28, 2005, I began writing a series of letters to "My Future Husband"; letters that would contain little bits of my heart over the course of almost 10 years. For a long time, the letters lived in an old hollowed out book, but I'd always wanted a box with a key. My mom mentioned to Matt during the first year we were dating that an old box with a key would be a really great gift for me. I'm sure he thought it was strange, but he and his mom went to work scouring antique stores and found the perfect box. He gave it to me that year on my birthday, and though I really could hardly contain my excitement, I kept it really cool so he wouldn't get any ideas! For the next 3 years, I spent time filling the box with more letters and anxiously awaited the day when I would finally give the box of letters and the key to my heart to the man I loved. On the morning of January 3, 2015, I sat down and prepared to write him "the last letter". Somehow, on that morning, I realized for the first time that the first letter I wrote was written exactly 6 years to the day before our very first date (July 28, 2011). Of course - the tears began to flow! It was such a beautiful reminder that the Lord is ever present; even in the little things. Giving Matt the box was such a special memory from our wedding day and is a gift I know he really treasures. Fairytales happen when God writes your love story!

I absolutely love this! I have a journal that I write in occasionally for my future husband. There's a huge chance that my husband will be someone I don't know yet, someone who didn't know me in high school or college, so my journal has some prayers for us, as well as little things from those years that he won't know. Seeing this picture of how much Matt appreciates this special gift from Abbey makes me excited to keep up my journal + gift it one day. 

Here are some other photos from Matt + Abbey's reception, because they just need to be shared! 

{I can't stop looking at this cake set-up}

{now, this is just adorable!}

{their invitations fit their wedding perfectly}

Photos by: Anchor & Eden (link contains full wedding album)
Invitations by: Codie Haddon


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