THESE FIRST 8 PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY OUR BRILLIANT MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER: DALEY HAKE
Our wedding was the most amazing day of our lives. We NEVER thought it would have been as glorious as it was. It was truly a dream wedding without the price tag. Our friends and family came around us with so much love and support. It was amazing. We have the greatest friends and family. This was the best wedding ever. haha. Brian and i seriously cried the whole morning after because we were so thankful and unworthy of love like this. I hope you enjoy this little snapshot of our special day. We would love comments from everyone on this post… and especially from those that were there.
These next 6 photos were taken by my brother-in-law to be TROY GROVER
my pretty mom
my sister doing my make up. Kim Cornwell ROCKED my hair out.
Our flower girls are Brian’s little cousins. They rocked handmade headbands and tutus by Carol Weekly.
We found the bridesmaids dresses at anthropology. The girls sported headpieces handmade by me and my friends and feathers and leaves in their bouquets.
THE REST OF THESE PHOTOS ARE TAKEN BY THE LOVELY ASHLEY BUGG PHOTOGRAPHER
The guys rocked handmade boutonnieres with feathers, burlap, leaves, and sticks made by my friends and i. The guys were like “what the heck is this?” hahaha. WEAR IT!!
A sash wrap or whatever its called came with my dress.. Who wears a sash wrap? haha. I cut it up and wrapped it around my arms and also made a BIG flower thing for my hair out of it. hhaha.
My favorite buddy NATHAN BRACEROS (who was on my side in the wedding party) made paper butterflys out of newspaper to hang in the trees on the stage. It was breathtaking.
Are those flowers glowing? YES yes they are. Our decor down the aisle was quite simple… tall sticks and sparce flowers. I order small battery operated lights to go into the flowers to ad a magical touch to light the path.
our flower girls sprinkled feathers down the isle. It was soo cute. and easy to clean up. haha.
photo above by troy grover
We had a band playing an intrumental version of “the chapel of love” for the wedding party walking down. Then our friend wrote a little trasition for the flower girls that went right into COLDPLAY FIX YOU!!! It was amazing. Just instrumental. Okay. Heres the catch.. The organ sounds that the band was playing sounded just like the beginning of the song… it sounded exactly like it… then 10 or so seconds into that song… the doors opened and I started walking to the bridge of the song. That is when the guitars come in. It was really emotional and almost left like a movie. Here is the link to theÂ music video. I started walking at 2:30min marker of that video. Of course the video didnt play at the wedding, i am just using at as a timer for you to get the idea of what part i walked to.
After our main vows lead by my father (a Pastor), our great friend Ron Merrell explained worship and communion time for everyone during the ceremony. First, I will tell you that we (jon bugg & chip neal) build this covering over our heads called an chuppah. Brian and i love this book called Sex God by Rob Bell. Theres a chapter in the book that talks about the jewish tradtition and why they incorporate prayer shawls into their weddings. The book talks about the chuppah as being a visual for Gods abundant umbrella of love that we were making a covennant under. He talked about life, and how we walk out of that covering of Gods love from time to time.
And that day, we invited everyone to have communion and stand under the chuppah as a symbol of the relationship that God wants with all of us. We made two other chuppahs on the ground on each side of our main chuppah. Ron did a call for single people to recommit their life and surrender their relationships to him, he then did a call for husbands to take the hand of their wife and lead out in reconnecting their marriage covenant with God, and he did a call for people that are still trying to figure God out and dont really know what it means in their life yet. People LINED UP!!! and quietly had communion with their family or by themselves under the chuppah. They spend about 1 minute each just standing under the visual of God’s love and reconnecting their life to His. It was a very powerful moment.
While this was going on Brian and i were doing communion as well. We had to move out of our chuppah, to open up an additional chuppah, because there were soo many people that wanted to participate in this special time. While communion was happening there was a worship band playing: How He Loves, Center, and Unchanging. HOW HE LOVES IS AMAZING.Â
Okay and the BEST part of that day was the stories that we heard from what happened during that worship and communion time. There were people that took communion for the first time, there were people explaining to others what it really meant to take communion and to have a relationship with christ, and there were marriages being healed. We also heard a story about one of our quests whose battling aggressive cancer. During this time of worship a small group of close friends took the inititiative to lay hands on our friend and pray for her healing. It was a powerful time. I honestly didn’t know how people were going to respond but Brian looked at me and told me that he really felt that God wanted us to do this. haha. Uhh… there was no questioning it at that point. I loved how our wedding was not just about us getting married.. it was ultimately an expression of God’s deep love for His people and we were able to leave space for Him to do his restoring work in the lives of some of the people (and marriages) we love the most.
photo above by Troy Grover
I collected trinkets, old vintage finds, glass jars, and treasures at Savers and Goodwill for the reception decorations. There were some lovely ladies and great friends working their tails off to make all this happen. Our great friend Carrie Allen caught the dream and took off with it. Guitar picks with a printed design and our initials were hung by twine on the centerpiece trees for guests to take as a favor.Â
I hand made this cake topper. Nathan braceros bought the supplies for me.
You will definitely get a better idea of the day by watching this slideshow that Troy Grover made. Check it out.
If you went to our wedding please leave a comment about something you saw that we might have missed. Tell us your story of how our wedding might have impacted you. It has been AWESOME hearing some of the stories that we wern’t able to see or know. Since this is a blog post that we will always have to look back on, I would love to hear your thoughts on things that went “unseen”. Maybe you can view this like an in-depth guest book. Thank you all so much for enjoying in our special day with us. I can’t wait to hear more stories. Check back for more photos from our main photographer Daley Hake and some really rad videos coming soon.