(not really at a temple - his name is temple!)
This following "blurb" is from their wedding website:
In the fall of 2013, Laura's friend Kelly had been invited to attend a young adult small group sponsored by Trinity United Methodist and hosted at the home of Lisa and Mark Elliot. Laura decided to tag along for moral support and after many shared dinners in the Elliot's home a friendship began to form (between Will & Laura!!).
So last weekend, Laura became a Temple! The rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and wedding were all JUST perfect.
Mark and I even used the selfie stick to take our picture before the rehearsal dinner. I love this new dress - Nordstrom!
The rehearsal went smoothly. I had never met Will's parents before and I just loved his mom. She was very outgoing and the perfect southern hostess. I imagine all those years of being a UMC minister's wife have shaped her! Will is an only child and Edee (his mom) was just delighted to be gaining a daughter-in-love.
I don't have any pictures from the rehearsal dinner except for this one - taken in the parking lot! The dinner was at Ruth's Chris and Mark nor I had ever eaten there. Our steaks were delicious and the room was intimate and Edee had done a great job with the decorations. She read an email that she sent to me four years ago about Will and she shared how thankful she is for both Mark and me. She made us cry (sweet cry!).
We were seated with two fun young couples - two of the groomsmen and their significant others (a wife and a fiancé). We had so much fun getting to know them. Mark later told some friends that he and I both just seem to be able to talk to young adults . . .I'm thinking we've never grown up, perhaps?
The wedding was on Saturday afternoon and the bride and groom asked for everyone to put their phones away. We had to arrive early so I was able to snap this one photo. The altar arrangement was beautiful and simple and I loved the candles. Just perfect!
Mark, Julie, and I were three of the communion servers. It was so special to be asked to be a part of the actual worship service. Mark and I have served communion many times in Contact worship, Traditional worship, and Emmaus functions but there was something extra special about serving at a wedding.
The reception was on the top floor of one of the tallest buildings in our downtown area. It used to be named The Summit Club and Mark had a membership there years ago (through his company). I believe it is named City Club now. The cakes were beautiful. I'm sure they were delicious, too.
We were able to sit with a whole table of young adults and we had so much fun. I don't even know how to explain how much we love them. It is a different love than I have for my children or for our granddaughter, Emma. We feel like they are "ours" - a part of us - a part of our family - just in a slightly different way. Everyone at our table has been a participant at one time or another in a study at our house on a Tuesday night.
Our seats were perfect for the entrance of the bride and groom. We were at the very back of the room so I was glad we were able to catch this shot.
The sunset from the club was beautiful.
Mark and I even danced. This is a rare sight - almost as rare as a unicorn sighting. The last time we were on the dance floor was at a wedding . . .and we were prodded by some other young adults!
Kelly (on the left) just moved to Kentucky for a new pastoral role. We miss her so much so it was fun to see her and get a hug or two. Julie and April rode with Mark and me to the reception and we laughed a lot . . .a lot . . .and yes, Mark probably said inappropriate things . . ..but they were funny.
Another new dress for me -- another Nordstrom find! One of the wait staff members saw us taking the selfie and offered to take a picture of all of us.
We are so happy for Will and Laura. They are moving to Huntsville for new jobs and we are going to miss them so much.
God has blessed us so much through the lives of these young adults. Thanks be to God!!