Before we post more wedding photos, I want to back up just a bit and talk about one of my dreams for Tessa's wedding week.
I've always thought it a shame that so often at weddings, the people who gather hardly know one another. As we began our planning, I hoped for something different. When people began arriving in town in the days leading up to the wedding, I wanted our home to be a center of hosptiality where our guests could be fed and, hopefully, even begin to build friendships with the other guests.
The Lord was so kind; he gave me the desire of my heart. As the wedding grew closer and closer, the crowds grew larger and larger at each meal. By Friday, the day of the rehearsal, between fifty and sixty joined us for lunch and laughter.
Here we are gathering to say grace before we indulged in the delicious food prepared by my friends from church a week earlier.
Our photographers, Therese (l) and Lauren, who are family friends joined in the fellowship and festivities, too.
I was so grateful to the Lord for giving me a desire of my heart by filling our home with wedding guests from Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, Washington state, and Illinois.
Through it all, the groom seemed pretty happy, too.