Our granddaughter Allie Grace became Zechariah's wife last Saturday afternoon in a simple ceremony witnessed by people who love them. The church was tiny, and there were probably no more than 75 guests. But I believe Allie's wishes were carried out. She wanted to "put on a white dress, walk down the aisle, say my vows to Zechariah, and be married." For the reception (with food provided by Zechariah's family who owns Village Bakery and Provisions and specializes in artisan breads baked and distributed to restaurants all over Nashville), Allie wanted the people she loved to enjoy good food, dance (to her playlist), and laugh. So, that's exactly what we did.
Allie and Zechariah's pastor at Parish Presbyterian is Dr. George Grant. (Read about him here). I was so impressed by his message during the ceremony and grateful that he will be a strong spiritual influence as they begin their lives together. A huge answer to prayer.
We shed a few very quiet tears as we listened to them both declare their love for each other.
Then, the celebration began.
(A glimpse at the reason why our daughter Julie stays so slim and trim after having 10 children. Here she is sharing her plate with 3 hungry kids.) :)
We watched the happiness and devotion on the bride and groom's faces. This occasion was such a positive learning experience for Allie's siblings and cousins to observe.
We left feeling very good about this union and its future. Allie has married into a lovely family. The Freeborns have embraced her enthusiastically. Another answered prayer.
It was a Song of Solomon kind of day.
Song of Solomon 2:16: "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."
Song of Solomon 3:4: "I have found the one whom my soul loves."
Thank you so much for your prayers. "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow."