I know you're out there somewhere, but where have I disappeared to over the last few months? If you're my Facebook friends, you know the basics, but I haven't gone in-depth as to my goings-on lately –– until now! Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in a year and a half, Becca is about to blog about her own life.
So yes, Luke and I did indeed get married, and it was beautiful. The ceremony and reception took place at Coker Ranch in Lancaster, South Carolina, on a sunny day on May 25.
Luke's aunt, Jennifer Johnson, and her daughters, Meg and Emily, did an AMAZING job with the decorations, making my Pinterest page come to life and helping our flower lady, Tina Bondurant, put together the most amazing bouquets and table decorations known to man.
Meanwhile, my bridesmaids, aka, The Dream Team, were helping me get ready upstairs in the house. Katie did my hair while Elin and Erika did up my face. And they did an AMAZING job.
Then came the ceremony, which was beautiful: the Bowmans played before and during the ceremony.
For the processional, they sang "The Girl" by City and Colour, which is one of Luke's and my favorite songs. During the service, they led us in singing two hymns Luke and I had picked out: "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" and "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," two songs that emphasized the LORD's favor. Then, for the recessional, they played "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons.
My good friend and international adviser from Asbury, Reverend Esther Jadhav, officiated the ceremony, and she did a wonderful job.
There was a LOT of happy crying, not the least of which was done by Luke. I'm pretty sure even Esther started crying at one point. After the service, there was plenty more crying and hugging, and it felt amazing.
After a million photos with our photographer, Brownrygg Woolls, who did an AMAZING job and who also did our engagement photos, the party began. There was much rejoicing, dancing and hors d'oeuvre eating. Both the wedding cake and groom's cake were made by the wonderful Joan Wussow, who graciously baked and decorated them for a fraction of the price of a mainstream bakery. Luke loves Batman, so of course he got a Batman cake.
And let's talk about our wedding party real quick because we love them. My Maid of Honour, Elin, came all the way from Norway, while five others (Ben, Isaac, Seth, Julia and Daniel) drove nine hours from Kentucky. Katie came down from West Virginia, Nick drove from Alabama and Erika bravely took a Greyhound down from Pennsylvania. Needless to say, they all made a big commitment to be at our wedding, and we love them for it.
And there were so many other people who made big time commitments to help our wedding happen. Susan Williams, who was my third grade teacher, neighbor and high school Bible study leader, was our wedding director, and she made sure everything went smoothly the day of. I'm so grateful for her organization and all of the countless hours of planning that went into our wedding.
Another PNG friend, Becky Reffey, altered my wedding dress and three of the five bridesmaids dresses. Not only that, but she made the white flower and birdcage veil that I wore in my hair. She was even sewing the day of the wedding –– basically, she was a lifesaver.
And of course we can't forget our own parents, who put in the most time and effort of anyone. They spent money, organized the guest list, set up appointments, collected decorations, prayed for us and encouraged us.
We feel so blessed to have had so many people volunteer their time to help us have an amazing wedding day. So if you were there, thank you so much for coming! It means so much that some of you came such a long way just to see us. And if you weren't able to make it, thank you for your congratulations, gifts and prayers.
"Becca Is Still Alive" series to be continued.