Memories from the Wedding

Updated on January 14th, 2009

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

One of the special “things” that has been added to both our lives was a perfect wedding day – a great chapter in a continuing story that God is writing for both of us.

Not only was the ceremony everything we had hoped for, but the outpouring of love from friends and family was very humbling. Over five hundred people attended our wedding on Saturday August 30,2008.

Amanda's Things I’ll Never Forget:

  • Waking up on my wedding day.
  • Waking up my brothers on my wedding day.
  • Feeling relaxed because so many friends were working behind the scenes.
  • Dodging Andy the morning of the wedding (he almost saw me in the parking lot!).
  • Special friends gathered around me in the dressing room.
  • In the dressing room: Feeling like we were little girls playing dress-up.
  • Dad kissing me on the cheek for one of our pictures.
  • Directing traffic in my wedding dress as last-minute guests arrived at the church.
  • Talking to my dad as he walked me down the aisle.
  • Holding tightly to my dad’s arm at the front of the church.
  • Looking past Andy during the ceremony to see his dad beaming.
  • Wondering what my sibling’s faces looked like during the ceremony.
  • Mike Davis looking over the rim of his reading glasses as he spoke to us.
  • Being surprised that I was actually hearing the charge from Mr. Davis.
  • Making sure all the candles were lit.
  • Andy holding my hand tightly during the song “May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful.”
  • Feeling nervous just before the kiss.
  • The joy of seeing months of planning actually work.
  • The excitement of constantly remembering that this was the first day of the rest of our lives.

Andy's Things I’ll Never Forget:

  • Waiting for the wedding to start (time stopped).
  • Talking with Dad, Mr. Davis, and Russ just before walking into the church.
  • Realizing all those people in the church were friends.
  • Watching mom’s, Lori Wicker’s, and Mrs. Davis’s faces as I walked into the church.
  • Not hearing a thing for that split second before the doors at the back of the church opened. It seemed that everything was in slow-motion!
  • Wondering what Dr. Shepherd was thinking as he walked his daughter down the aisle.
  • Dr. Shepherd patting me on the back just before saying, “Her mother and I.”
  • Wondering if Dad would get his lines right.
  • Holding Amanda’s hand for the first time.
  • The look on Dad’s face as he handed me the rings.
  • The fear of dropping the rings and ruining a perfect moment.
  • Trying to remember the lines I was supposed to repeat.
  • The fun of seeing Mike Davis in such a formal setting.
  • “You may kiss the bride.” (Our first kiss!)
  • At the end: the full sound of the organ, the IMI guys standing up, and the sheer excitement as we walked out the back of the church together.
  • Holding on to Amanda through the entire reception.
  • The squeak of the stairs as friend after friend walked on stage to congratulate us.
  • Wondering how long I had to stay at the reception.
  • Waiting to leave the church until Dad came back from the hardware store with a lock for the vehicle of friends who were carrying our wedding gifts.
  • Watching our wedding coordinator cry while we were waiting for dad.
  • Getting PELTED by bird seed.
  • Driving away.
  • Seeing Mandy Novotny and Sarah Danaher following us in Mandy’s Mini Cooper.
  • Stopping at a nearby parking lot to take all the “accessories” off of the get-away car.
  • Driving down the road and realizing it was just the two of us.
  • Arriving at our cottage in Maine. It was late, there were a million stars, and Chopin was playing as we walked in the front door. I’ll never forget the fresh smell of the place and the fresh feel of a new start in life.