So we’re on to the ceremony. Excitement continued to run high. Weddings are such a joyous occasion!
Jesse is practicing above. He played the bride’s processional.
Anna practicing her special “How Beautiful.”
Joseph greeted guests, which was a special touch. People love interacting with the groom!
And it begins! Joseph seats Mom.
Joshua was such a cute ringbearer!
And the trio of flower girls–wow! So precious.
Joseph and Elissa chose sand as their symbol instead of a unity candle. I love the sand idea: it shows how the two lives become so intertwined they’re inseparable! You can’t sort the different colored sand out once it’s mixed.
Joseph invited the guests to another wedding–the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).
Joseph and Elissa sang “Channels Only.” It was such a sweet thing to see them sing.
The first kiss!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maxwell!
After the recessional, we played a slideshow for the guests of Joseph and Elissa’s lives. People loved it! Anna spent many hours compiling the pictures. Great job, Anna!
Carter played music while they dismissed guests by row. Thanks, Carter!
“… and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 12:9
Soon there after, we began a serious-friendship-with-the-purpose-of-marriage stage.
The frequent visits I made out there, along with e-mails and phone calls, showed how similar Elissa and I were in our beliefs, convictions, and mannerisms.
Yes, during that time, we began to fall in love.
We stood in awe of how the Lord answered every prayer for unity, knitted hearts, and direction in our relationship! We began officially courting in April. On May 22nd, I made a surprise visit and asked Elissa to marry me, and she said “yes!”
We had a delightful summer planning our wedding, enjoying visits, and counting down the days to our wedding. September 6th, we became united in marriage.
We are so grateful for the Lord’s provision and blessing in our lives! We praise Him for the deep friendship, unity, commitment, love, and the bonds of marriage that we now share. Both of us are also grateful to our parents for how they raised us in the ways of the Lord and how they supported us through our relationship.
Elissa and I look back and see how the Lord used our single years to strengthen our relationships with Jesus and also to prepare us for marriage if that was His will for us. I really enjoyed traveling with my family, helping in the Titus2 ministry, and working on my home. Elissa loved helping her family as a daughter and a sister at home, teaching music lessons, and learning new skills each year to prepare her for whatever the Lord had for her later in life.
Now, I’m excited to introduce you to my wife, Elissa Maxwell.
And for those who wondered why we didn’t share before, I felt it best for her family’s privacy not to make it public until our wedding day.
Elissa and I are anxious to discover what the Lord has for us as a team for His glory!
Serving Jesus, Joseph & Elissa
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10
Saturday, September 6th was finally here. It was a day my brother and almost-sister-in-law had been counting down to. Yes, it was wedding day! It was a day that promised to bring much excitement.
By 8:45 am, most of the bridal party was at the church. As we arrived, the flower lady stopped in, and wow, did the flowers look gorgeous. We girls went to our getting-ready room and unloaded our dresses, bags, and hair stuff. Our hair stylist was there and ready to begin Elissa’s hair. Meanwhile, Mary and Elissa’s sisters started on their own hair. Anna and I, while waiting for our hair to be styled, enjoyed talking and observing the fun.
Our girls’ room became busier as all the nieces and nephews joined us and sisters-in-law too.
The flower girls arrive and set up shop!
Joseph and Elissa had figured out a wedding day schedule, and that really helped things flow smoothly. Here you see Joshua, who had just opened his ring-bearer gift. It looks like Ruthie’s entertaining herself there.
My brother looked so handsome–what an awesome groom!
After groom formals, they did the guys’ formals. The farm next door gave permission for pictures there, which was perfect.
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
Even with our crazy-busy summer, my mom and sisters managed to plan and prepare for the rehearsal dinner, with help from our friends. They chose the colors of turquoise and yellow as their theme, along with sunflowers that were fresh picked. Yes, you read that right. Tuesday afternoon, the day before we left for the wedding, John took Mary and a friend to a sunflower field. The owner allows people to cut sunflowers for a donation. From there, Mary diligently took care of them, got them in buckets (with help from Anna), and successfully transported them all the way to the wedding. They added a cheerful touch to the evening!
After dinner, we had a time of prayer for Joseph and Elissa. What a joy! Then, John shared some great stories from the past, along with a bit of advice to Elissa. Joseph finished with a special song he’d written for Elissa. They are such a sweet couple!
We are so grateful to our friends who helped prepare dinner and serve it. They blessed us!
Now we’re done with the day before, and we’ll be on to wedding pictures and finishing out “the story.”
The “You are My Sunshine” board above is something Joseph made as a countdown board for the last month. Every day, Elissa clipped a little note up that Joseph wrote to her.
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.” Proverbs 16:1
Back to the day before Joseph and Elissa’s wedding.
It was hard to believe we were practicing for the real wedding. One thing with rehearsals is that often a lot of time is spent trying to figure out all the little details. Joseph, Elissa, the dads, and the wedding coordinator worked through most of those ahead of time, which was perfect. A special thank you to Christopher and his helper for the pictures that you’ll see now and in the wedding day photos.
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:1
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