Where to Begin?

It’s hard to know where to start with sharing about the wedding. We’ll wait to post some thoughts on the day itself for another post, so I’ll back up to Friday. Friday morning, after several “groups” of us were out running errands, we met together at the Hamilton’s to have family Bible time and lunch. It was wonderful to be all together: Grandad, Grandma, Aunt Tami, Uncle Rob, Nathan, Melanie, and the girls all flew in Thursday evening. We are excited that they made it safely.

Friday afternoon was busy as details came together, with the rehearsal starting at 3. Christopher had everything organized, and we ran through the rehearsal twice. It was starting to feel real as we practiced :-). It was a joy to be apart of the rehearsal and all the work Christopher and Anna Marie had put into planning a God-honoring wedding. Afterward, we all gathered in the fellowship hall for dinner and time to share. We want to express a huge thank you to Mrs. Mari, who posts comments here on the blog. She graciously planned and organized the entire dinner, which was such an incredible blessing. Thank you, dear Mrs. Mari. 🙂

After the delicious dinner, we had a time where several shared, and then Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary shared through music. One VERY special part was a song Joseph wrote to be able to sing at the younger five’s weddings, but they decided to share it at Christopher’s. It was an incredible sweet time as we all listened. Christopher had no idea they had been working on the song (and practicing MANY hours). Then, we also surprised Christopher and Anna Marie with a slide show of their growing up years. I had scanned in pictures over several Sunday’s in the summer, and Anna compiled ours and the Hamilton’s this week, which was a big project. It was a wonderful way to be able to reminiscence over their lives.

What a sweet, sweet, afternoon/evening we had! Truly, when the Lord brings the right person into one’s life, it’s worth the wait :-).


Family time
Gifts for the bridal party.
Family times.
Grandad and Grandma
The rehearsal
The cutest flower girl ever!
Aunt Mary, Aunt Anna, and niece Abigail
What can I say?
Christopher made Anna Marie a balloon flower, since she didn't have her real flowers yet :-).
O Perfect Love
Recessing as an engaged couple, but the next day, as Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Maxwell.
Mrs. D. helping!
Thank you to everyone who helped.
Mrs. Mari even had special glasses for the bride and groom!
Christopher and Anna Marie
John sharing.
We surprised them with a slideshow of their growing up and single years. Anna spent many hours compiling it, thanks Anna!
Watching the slideshow

“And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee” (Deuteronomy 12:7).

16 thoughts on “Where to Begin?”

  1. You are so right, Sarah! God’s timing is perfect, and so are His ways, and His choice of one’s life mate!

    Beautiful pictures! Christopher and Anna, your relationship is soooo beautiful, and so are the ways of our dear Lord who brought you together!

    Rejoicing with you all, Rebecca K.

  2. The pictures are so beautiful! Me and my husband were still talking about your sweet wedding this afternoon.

  3. Hi Maxwell Family,
    I did get to watch the wedding (it was late here) and it was beautiful! I want to Thank Christopher for thanking his parents for getting rid of the tv because that is precisely what I did today 🙂 Your family has been such a blessing to mine and I want to thank you for all that you do. I cannot wait to make it to one of your conferences when we get back stateside!
    Sarah L.
    Wow, praise the Lord :-).

  4. Congratulations to Christopher and Anna. May the Lord bless you richly in your years together. May your marriage be honoring and glorifying to Him.

  5. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Maxwell!

    What a tremendous blessing it was to be able to watch the wedding! Thank you so much for making it available for our family here in Quebec, Canada to be a part of the wedding! It was certainly a God-honouring wedding, and may the Lord richly bless you as you start into this new life together!

    Love from Canada,
    Samantha for the T. family

  6. I’m so sorry that I was unable to watch the wedding, I’m sure it was a blessing to all who attended either in “real life” or via the internet. Thank you so much for “recapping” it all here for us on the blog. The rehearsal sounds like it was just lovely and I can’t wait to see the pics of the wedding itself. May God richly bless you, Christopher and Anna!

  7. You are right when you say “Truly, when the Lord brings the right person into one’s life, it’s worth the wait :-)”. I feel the same way when I met my husband…no one would have guess it nor believe it but it did happen.

    I feel the same way when I finished my wedding…where to begin?

    Can’t wait to see the wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses and etc.

  8. What a precious family you all are!!! 🙂 These pictures are so sweet (Abigail truly was the cutest flower girl!!) and I’m thankful everything went smoothly. Even though I’ve never met any of you “in person” I feel that the Maxwell family and I are friends, and I was blessed to view Christopher and Anna Marie’s wedding on my computer. Thank you for taking the time to share this special time with your readers and “long distance” friends.
    Love in Christ, Patti M. 🙂

  9. I was unable to see the wedding because of a scheduling conflict. Will there be a link posted on the family blog? I hope so! I’m also looking forward to seeing pictures and reading about the day when you have time to post again. I’m sure there’s still a flurry of activity. Thanks so much for sharing your family’s lives and events with others. You are an inspiration to many. God’s blessings on the newlyweds and the whole family.
    The video won’t be posted–sorry!

  10. Everything was so beautiful. Congratulations to Christopher and Anna Marie.

    It was such a blessing to be able to help on Friday night; you are so welcome.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  11. Thank you all so much for allowing us to be a part of Christopher and Anna’s wedding. It was a privilege to witness not only the love between the two of them, but also the love that is apparent among your entire family.

    Thank you for sharing such a special time with us.

  12. Is there any way you could put a video of the wedding on your website for those of us who missed it? Our family would love to see it!

    The video won’t be posted–sorry!

  13. I can’t wait to see the wedding photos. Although I don’t share your beliefs, I have enjoyed your blog and following Christopher’s courting of Anna. Reminded me a lot of my own engagement and wedding. It’s a wonderful thing to give oneself to one’s bride/groom. I hope Christopher and Anna have a long and wonderful life together. All the best to the newlyweds from an interested bystander!

  14. I was unable to see the wedding on the live stream because of a family event. Will it be posted again on the website for people who missed it to see? I hope so! Thank you so much for your willingness to share your family lives with so many others. You are an inspiration to many. May God bless the newlyweds and both families.
    No, we won’t be posting the video, but we will be doing some pictures.

  15. We enjoyed watching, and it looks like many were watching and were touched by your wedding day.

    Most importantly, it was so God-honoring, and while He was there in the middle of this covenant making day, I believe our Lord was well-pleased. That is the most important of all!

    Praising Him with you!
    May God Bless you and your families for your faithfulness to God and His Holy Word.

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