It is hard to believe that our wedding day has come and gone. Everyone told me that it would go quickly and that the day would be a blur, but I tried to stay present throughout the day and remember the special faces and moments that I know we will treasure forever. We could not have imagined a better day and are so grateful to everyone who attended our wedding, prayed from afar, and supported us through the engagement season. There are so many people who worked together and prayed over our day, and the beauty of the time we spent celebrating what God had done to bring us together and begin our journey as one was overwhelming. There were a few moments that were just breathtaking- walking down the aisle to Rory waiting for me, having our friends and parents pray over us, and walking into the reception and knowing that all of our closest friends and family had come together that day to celebrate us.
Our prayer was that our ceremony would be intimate and worshipful. We wanted God to be glorified and for people to know the purpose of marriage- to paint a picture of Christ and His church. On that day, when we took communion together, the sun broke out through the windows, and it was a beautiful testimony of the light of Christ that we hold in our hearts and pray shines through to draw others unto Him.
Rory and I wrote our own vows to one another, and every time I look at them and think about them, I remember that these are promises we made not only to each other, but to our Heavenly Father. We are not perfect, and there is no way we will completely fulfill each one of these promises each day. But He gives us the grace to love and serve each other each day, and as we cling to Him, we grow closer and slowly begin to understand the depths of His wonderful love.
I, Jessica Nicole, vow before the Lord and these witness to give you myself fully today.
I promise to remember that Christ is my first love and you are my beloved.
I promise to do you good and not harm all the days of my life.
I promise to encourage you and remember that we are better together.
I promise to serve you with a cheerful heart and laugh with you at the times to come.
I promise to listen to you with understanding and cherish each day the Lord gives us.
I promise to respect you and submit to your leadership by remembering that you are always for me.
I promise to love you unconditionally and to pursue peace as we journey through God's adventure for us.
You are my promise fulfilled, my dream come true, and my best friend.
I, Rory Alexander, vow to give all of myself to you today.
I promise to be faithful to you always and to keep Christ as the center of our marriage at all times.
I promise to love you unconditionally and to guide and protect your heart as long as we are both alive.
I promise to always be honest with you and to be a true and honest friend.
I promise to pray with you each morning and each night and to keep myself immersed in God's word.
I promise to laugh with you in times of joy, grieve with you in times of sorrow, and grow with you in love as we serve the world together.
I promise to listen to all of your thoughts, your hopes, your fears, and your dreams as well as share with you mine.
And I promise to respect you, encourage, you , and cherish you as I continue to try and become worthy of your love.
You are my best friend and the love of my life, and today you become my crown.