Friday, August 17, 2007
Emily Roberts, Heather's youngest sister, graduated from high school one week before the wedding. Heather taught Emily in school and is grateful not only for her younger sister's excellent scholarship but also for her true friendship.
The Lord graciously allowed our church to purchase handbells in February. What a lovely added touch they might be in a wedding, Heather thought and so ordered handbell music for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to. Mrs. Buda, besides being an amazing cake artist, is also a talented musician who contributed many hours of her time to making sure the handbell choir was prepared. Thanks to the many church ladies who helped make yet another dream (lovely bell music) a reality. The handbell choir did a wonderful job.
Heather always wanted roses for her wedding and with Jonathan's lovely bouquet, she got a lot of them! The graceful ivy, cascading down from her bouquet, is reminiscent of her mother's wedding bouquet of so many years ago.
Heather's brother Jonathan made bouquets for Melody's bridesmaids at his own wedding. Since that time, he has made bouquets for several weddings, and the arrangements are always exquisitely beautiful. This time, Jonathan again showed his creative genius and designed lovely arrangements for the bride and bridesmaids.
Thomas has known B. J. Nordgren ever since their time together at Fairhaven Baptist College. They became good friends then, and have stayed in touch since that time. After working at Anchor Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah for a number of years, B. J. was sent out by Anchor to plant a church in the Chicago area.
Pastor Brandenburg, the leader of Bethel Baptist Church in El Sobrante, CA, was Thomas' best man at the wedding. Thomas interned at the church between his years at Fairhaven Baptist, and, after his time at Lehigh Valley Baptist going to seminary, returned to Bethel to teach in their Christian school. Pastor Brandenburg had a lot to do with this wedding, as he fulfilled the role of the father in the courtship/betrothal process for Thomas--for which Thomas is very grateful! It was a blessing to be able to have Pastor Brandenburg at the wedding ceremony, the culmination of that process of seeking a life's partner for the glory of God.
Pastor David Sutton is the assistant pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in El Sobrante, CA. During Thomas' years at Bethel, he and Pastor Sutton became good friends. Thomas is thankful for Pastor Sutton's stand on the Word of God and his godly life.
While teaching at Bethel Baptist, Thomas also came to know Mark Kutrieb. Mark has taught for quite a few years at the Christian school run by Bethel. Thomas is thankful for his friendship and for his faithfulness and love for God.
Thomas and Nik grew up together, sharing many of the same experiences. Having known each other since third grade, they were in the same Boy Scout troop and their families still celebrate holidays together. We were grateful to have Niklas in our wedding.
I had heard that Mrs. Buda made and decorated wedding cakes, but I had no idea this dream cake would turn out so fabulously! Taking the rose colors and pattern from a tea cup I had given her, Mrs. Buda put her creativity to work to make this lovely cake with what were frosting--not actual--roses.
What a blessing it was to have the Lange family help out at our wedding! Pictured here is Abi Lange, Nathan's twin. They worked together with their older sister Hannah to help decorate the auditorium archway, communion table area, and provide finishing touches to both downstairs reception areas. Mrs. Lange did a wonderful job organizing food in the reception area and making sure things ran smoothly. Later, Nathan played the piano for the reception. Thanks, Langes!
The wagon idea originally came from Rachel Roberts, our sister-in-law, who used a wagon with nieces and nephews in it for hers and Josh's wedding in June of 2006. Grandma Roberts graciously allowed us to use this old-fashioned carriage, which Grandpa Roberts found many years ago. Thanks to Ruthann Buker for decorating it, it would provide a fancy ride down the aisle for little David and Lydia Roberts.
Heather's younger brother Micah's sixteenth birthday was June 1st, the same day as our wedding. We appreciate his joyful help in arranging flowers for the platform and picking peonies for the reception area, even though this was his big day, too.