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July 20, 2013 was a sunny day. I woke up before my alarm and, as cliche as this sounds, my first thought was "Today I'm getting married...I'm waking up a Winder and going to sleep a Palmer". Butterflies filled my stomach and as I sat at my kitchen table eating muffins my mom had made, I was SO ready to get the show on the road. I was very ready to be The Farmer's wife.
My bridesmaids and I made our way to Hair, Ink where we got our hair and makeup done together. The ladies made me feel so special, and even though it felt like it had taken an eternity to get my hair done, I was so happy with how it looked.
We made the drive to church where we finished my makeup and had a couple hours to relax and hang out together. We told jokes, reminisced on our good ole days, and dreamed of what the future would be like. I can honestly say that each of my bridesmaids are still part of my life, even a year later. I hope and pray they all remain in my life for even more years to come.
It was time! We put my dress on...and it all felt so right. Pictures were taken of myself and my bridesmaids and of The Farmer and his groomsmen: it was crunch time. After pictures, The Farmer and I wanted to talk to each other without him seeing me. Luckily there was a corner in the sanctuary where we were able to pray alone and with our wedding party. Once the men left my amazing bridesmaids prayed over me and we made our way back to our room. Now, all that was left was to marry my man.
One of the most chill inducing moments of the whole day was when the doors opened and I began to walk down the isle. I never really focused on any faces, but seeing The Farmer and knowing I was only steps away from marrying him brought tears to my eyes. As I came closer to him, I was shaking. We are so young, and we were about to make the biggest decision of our lives, but as soon as my dad put my hand into The Farmer's, I was calm and knew this was the right decision.
We sang a couple worship songs and listened to our "youth pastor turned wedding pastor" as he shared the Gospel and the true meaning of marriage in our ceremony. We said our vows and all I could do was smile at his words and promises to me. I started crying as I said mine, mainly because I was so thankful that I had found the one whom I was to promise my whole life to and he was the one I was to lovingly submit to as my leader, and together, we would represent the Church and Jesus.
After our ceremony, we headed out to take pictures before starting our reception. I will always cherish our wedding photos...our photographer, Rachael Houser, did an amazing job!
At our ceremony, we danced, laughed, hugged, cried and celebrated the beginning of our lives. As we were leaving, I began to cry...this was it. I was officially going out into the world with a new name and a new companion. It was so freeing and I was so fearful all at the same time. Looking back, I smile at the overwhelming emotion I was feeling as we were driving away, husband and wife. We have been married for 365 days. 365 beautiful days. These days haven't been sugar coated with honey and sprinkled with flower petals. They've been hard. We've been working hard to carve our path in this world and we've been prayerfully pursuing what we believe God has planned for our lives. After a year of marriage, I have a better understanding of what our union represents. My husband represents Jesus; Jesus leads us in the way of righteousness and lovingly pursues our hearts. In the same way, The Farmer lovingly leads me and loves me in the ways of righteousness while pursuing our sanctification. I represent The Church; The Church lovingly and servant-heartedly submits to Jesus's leadership and love. I lovingly submit to The Farmer and his leadership and love in our marriage. This does not mean I am inferior to him, but it represents the difference in the creation of man and woman. We were created different but equal: we are both created with equal ability and love, but our purposes and functions in relationships are different.
I am so thankful for marriage and I'm so thankful that God has used our marriage to further glorify Himself.
Cheers to many more years!
S P E C I A L P E O P L E
All photos were taken by Rachael Houser Photography. If you are in the Western KY area, I highly recommend her. She is extremely sweet and takes amazing photos; also, you will probably end up being genuine friends with her by the end of your wedding! Also, if you're planning a wedding, she writes a blog on her website that is super helpful in the planning process.