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Wedding Invitations and Programs

20 Mar

During our engagement, Jon and I read Gary Chapman’s book, Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married. This book expressed that people do not get married with the intentions of later divorcing. Divorce is the result of a lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working as teammates in an intimate relationship.

The failure to prepare for marriage is one of the major reasons why they so often fail. It is ironic that we recognize the need for education in all other pursuits of life and fail to recognize that need when it comes to marriage.

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Sadly, a lot of people spend more time preparing for their vocation than they do preparing for their marriage. Therefore, it really should not come as a shock when they are more successful in their vocational pursuits than they are in reaching the goal of marital happiness.

Deciding to get married is a decision that will impact one’s life more intensely than almost any other decision in life. Yet people still rush into marriage with little or no preparation for making a marriage successful.

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In fact, many couples give more attention to making plans for the wedding than making plans for marriage. Although, I absolutely love weddings and I know planning one takes a lot of time and work, having a healthy and successful marriage takes even MORE time and work. The wedding festivities last only a few hours, while the marriage is meant to last a lifetime.

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My very talented sister-in-law made these wedding invitations and programs. For the invitations she used scrapbook paper, embossing border punch and ribbon to make these homemade wedding invitations look elegant and unique. The guests especially appreciated the programs/fans for the hot, summer wedding!

 

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Wedding String Chandelier

4 Mar

Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. – Mark 10:43

In Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book Real Marriage they discuss the importance of humility in marriage. Pride is the default mode of the human heart and it is the biggest barrier to truly embracing our roles as humble servants. To most of us, humility does not come naturally and we must willfully, earnestly and continually humble ourselves.

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We must consider our spouse’s needs and desires above our own. The pattern of selfishness is so deeply ingrained in our lives that it takes years of marriage to even begin to deal with the problem. My prayer is that I can continue to shift from “me” to “we”. How can you humble yourself to be a servant to your spouse?

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The wedding craft that I am featuring on this post is a gorgeous string chandelier made by my incredible sister-in-law. This blog gives great step by step instructions.

Wedding Decor – Majon jars and Glow Sticks

15 Feb

The other night, my husband and I decided to watch one of our favorite movies; fireproof. This movie is filled with so many valuable themes and messages. It is such a good reminder that marriage is not based on romance or being in love.

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This does not mean that romance itself or the desire for more romance is necessarily bad; good marriages work hard to preserve a sense of romance. But the idea that a marriage can survive on romance alone or that being in love is the most important consideration when choosing a spouse, has wrecked many marriages.

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Marriage is a long time conversation and it goes through many different stages. Some of these are more difficult than others. Life presents us with some seasons that, quite frankly, must be endured. Fortunately, they are just seasons, and it is foolish to quit persevering during a time when any marriage will have to adapt and reevaluate previous expectations (Thomas).

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Wedding Guestbook and Gift Table

6 Feb

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-13

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Marriage takes commitment, hard work, selflessness, patience and humility.

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“Marriage takes a lot of time. But if you want to become more like Jesus, I can’t imagine any better thing to do than to get married. Being married forces you to face some character issues you’d never have to face otherwise.” -Gary Thomas

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Although, obtaining a healthy and holy marriage is without a doubt a challenge, it is also extremely rewarding and can bring immense joy. It is definitely something worth fighting for.

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I really love how my sister-in-law used these wedding crafts to add unique, special touches to their guestbook and gift table! If you are planning a wedding these homemade crafts are a great way to personalize your wedding!

Wedding Genealogy Decor

30 Jan

“Till death do us part” is a common promise given at every wedding ceremony I have ever attended. However, divorce rates are no secret, so we all know that this doesn’t always happen. In Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Marriage  he explains that we live in a nation of quitters. Employees quit their jobs as soon as the going gets tough, employers quit on their employees as soon as profits dip a quarter of a percentage point. People routinely quit on their church and join another congregation at the slightest provocation. It is becoming especially common to give up and quit on marriages. 

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Sadly, when issues arise, the easiest response is to end the marriage, instead of working hard to maintain it.  Divorce is becoming more common, while marriage strengthening practices are nearly becoming obsolete.

Thomas shares that in order to truly love your spouse and be the companion that God designed, it is essential to begin the practices of conflict resolution, compromise and forgiveness. We allow marriage to point beyond itself when we accept two central missions: becoming the people God created us to be, and doing the work God has given us to do.

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If we embrace – not just accept, but actively embrace – these two missions, we will have a full life, a rich life, and a meaningful life. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book!

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Inspired by Mark 10:9- “therefore what God has joined, let no man separate” my sister -in-law made these beautiful crafts. After spray painting the verse onto wooden boards, she painted picture frames and inserted wedding pictures from their parents, grandparents, etc. What a lovely and meaningful wedding craft!

 

Sweet Love – Wedding Dessert Table Decor

23 Jan

I love when couples personalize their wedding with homemade crafts. Some times I wish I had been more crafty with my own wedding details. I blame it on pinterest not being popular yet. ; )

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My incredibly talented sister-in-law created this beautiful wedding dessert table. I love the burlap and lace table cloth, hanging hearts (cut out from old books) and adorable white lanterns. It truly is sweet love!

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Jordan and Katherine

26 Nov

A few months ago, two of my dearest friends got married. The wedding was breathtaking and it was truly an incredible day.  Katherine is so naturally beautiful that she made it easy for me to do her bridal make-up!

 

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