This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping out a precious friend whose daughter was getting married. I could tell you all the amazing things the Lord did for this wonderful family over the course of the last six months, but that would make for the longest post in blogging history. So let's just put it this way - He cares about even the most minute details of our lives, right down to a ribbon on a cake and horseradish sauce. Believe it!
Anyhow, I went over to the country club bright and early Saturday morning (actually it was bright and early thirty because I got lost for half an hour) and helped set up the reception decorations. The place was a madhouse, but you could just feel the love and the energy in the air. Every last person, including me, was there not because we were being paid, but because we wanted to be there, to give back to people who, in the midst of their own trials, are such a blessing to everybody else.
There are two fireplaces in the ballroom so we flanked the ends of each with tall arrangements of curly willow, hydranges, roses and spider mums, and we put floating candles in antique green stemware and clear glass cylinders in the center. During the reception, the large chandelier in the center of the room was dimly lit, and it was so peaceful watching the candlelight flicker ever brighter in front of those huge mirrors as the evening wore on.... Well, as peaceful as it can get with the electric slide and a conga line going on! Maybe Angie will let me filch some pictures when the photographer has them ready so y'all can see.
When the happy couple got ready to leave, we all lit their way by waving sparklers down the path, and they drove off for Charleston for their honeymoon. So romantic, and so Southern, don't you think?
Then on Sunday afternoon, Big T walked in the back door with these!
Of course I just plopped them, as they were, in a vase so they're not as tall as before, but you get the idea.
I get to remember that lovely night for a little while longer. How neat is that?
“Not to us O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.”
Linked to Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life. Thanks Marty!