I won't say it wasn't stressful trying to plan a wedding in 6 weeks, but it was AMAZING! No stressing for a year over the cake, dress, etc. NO people telling me they didn't like the dress I picked at the store! No silly spending on things that really are NOT going to make you happy on your wedding day no matter what the tv shows or experts say.
Jason was working still so I was hanging out with the family waiting for him to get home, and helping out around the house :). First thing- wedding invitations. There was a guy from the church who does graphic designs for signs etc. He volunteered to do our invites for us for our wedding gift. Of course the family had to give me a little fun surprise and welcome to England gift. As we are in the car on the way back from the airport they show me a copy of the invite- let's just say there were a bunch of sillies going on with the invite :) mustaches on the picture, from the nut house, yep- this is my family!!! Of course after laughing at the fun, they handed me a copy of the real invite :)
Oh one more quick story about the dress. Mum had it all laid out awaiting my final fitting.....when she walked upstairs to her room where it was spread across the bed....with coffee in her hands.....and tripped.....yep it's true, THANK THE LORD it didn't get on the dress :) WHEW.........
The wedding itself was also NOT traditional in that: our pianist did an original piece that he wrote for me to walk down the aisle with. We had a skit during our ceremony about the different kinds of love. We both gave our testimonies during the service (hey for some it is the ONLY time they go to church). We sang a song to our parents- Thank You by Ray Boltz. Of course when we went to sign the registry - which you typically do during the ceremony in Enlgand- my mother in love, my brother Scott the best man, and Juliette Jason's sister, and my father in love- played and sang Buddy Holly songs. As you do right? My mum and dad also performed after that for us a worship song. We had a sermon about marriage as well as worship songs such as Shout to The Lord. It was GREAT!!! It wasn't so short that you were there for only a few minutes. We figured if we were getting dressed up and going to all the trouble make it a bit longer :)
For the honeymoon we rented an English Cottage in the south countryside, visited a castle, went to the beach, relaxed...oooh yeah.....and Jason got sick and had to drive himself to the doctor. We borrowed our parents car and it is stick shift- wrong side for me I can't shift with my left hand :( -poor sweetie.
Ohh......the miracle that happened- well we got married earlier in the summer than planned. Well, what we didn't know is anything about immigration :( UGH!!! They said it would take 6 months to get approval for Jason to come Home with me (we had 6 weeks to get back for my job). Are you serious...I can't handle that!! I was going to go back to teaching in my wonderful small town and being a volunteer EMT. :( Sad days. Well, Jason's dad is a builder- he paints, puts in cabinets, fixes toilets, retiles, lays flooring, etc. He had done work for someone who works in the US Embassy. So he gave him a call and explained our situation.
With LOTS of PRAYER!!! He made sure the papers went from person to person with no hold ups!!! PRAISE JESUS we had an embassy appointment the day before we left to come back to the US!!!!!! Another big WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course when we hit immigration in Canada I had to go on by myself....I totally worried and fretted as I waited until the FINAL boarding call for Jason to walk through the doors.....
Once we were home we had a reception in the US too at my school gym of course. Our pastor there did a marriage blessing, we wore our wedding wear again, danced the night away, walked to and from our home in our wedding outfits down a couple of blocks, and had a great time........ and look at us now :) LOVE how God orchestrated everything :)