This day was really good. Britt and Joey had an intimate ceremony under the Stone Arch Bridge, surrounded by a select 25. During this time the pastor revealed the personal details of their journeys, and how they came together through the mire of life's circumstances.
I was in awe at their vulnerability and transparency, and moved to tears at the way their story unfolded. From falling in love, to a prison sentence, to waiting and visiting, to holding on to hope, growing together within the trials, and finally to tying the knot. I was reminded that we never really know how the story will go... but often the unexpected circumstances of life bring about something better than we could have imaged. The pain was worth all the joy that finally arrived.
After sharing their story both families surrounded the couple in the power of prayer. The grandparents each offered words, followed by the parents and whoever else felt moved. To me this was a sweet picture of how couples in marriage thrive off the support and prayers of their community. Marriage can be challenging, and letting other people into the relationship, inviting in their wisdom, truth, and love, can make all the difference. Thank you so much for allowing me to witness this radical and unconditional love that the world really needs more of.