It's a game changer when one of your own ties the knot.
Kelsy and I met in 10th grade English and instantly became close friends. We always seemed to be on the same wave length, and in the maze that is high school, Kelsy's friendship was simply an answered prayer. In the six years we have been friends, Kelsy and I (and our third musketeer, the pretty blonde bridesmaid, Jess) have walked through some of our best and worst days together. As college, new business ventures, and full-time jobs became a reality, I began to have a deep appreciation for the strength and resilience the Lord blessed our precious friendships with. Kelsy is fiercely loyal, and has the ability to make those around her feel safe and loved right where they're at...it's no wonder Josh was immediately drawn to her.
I can't even begin to list all of the ways these two were made for each other. They bring out each other's best qualities, and always challenge one another. Their relationship was built on trust from the beginning, and it has been an honor to walk beside them both in this incredible journey.
If there was ever a wedding that perfectly resembled a couple, it would be Kelsy and Josh's wedding. The entire weekend was family focused and full of memory making. All though the weather seemingly was not on our side, Kelsy never once lost her sweet, joyful spirit. The cooler temperatures and light rain cultivated such an intimate ceremony inside the Sumner family barn. Greenery and dusty shades of purple were accents Kelsy envisioned from our first chats about her wedding, and we made sure those details were well represented.
Following their vows, guests were ushered underneath the reception tent, as our team flipped the ceremony space into an impressive buffet of BBQ, cheese biscuits, and a baked potato bar. It must be noted that this incredible spread was made possible by Kelsy's grandmothers, who cooked all morning the day of the wedding. Mary Michael Miles, with 30th Street Cakes, out did herself on the bridal cake. It tasted just as amazing as it looked.
The reception unfolded just as the couple had hoped which included a whole lot of dancing. It was a textbook case of "dancing the night away." The bride's cousin and her husband performed, "Take The World," by Johnnyswim live during the couple's first dance and it was definitely a highlight of the evening. The speeches given by the maid of honor, best man, and father of the bride provided such beautiful perspectives of Kelsy and Josh, and further validated that they were always meant to become a part of each other's story. Not a dry eye under the tent, people!
As you can imagine, I feel incredibly honored to have not only been a part of the execution of this amazing celebration, but to have been able to stand beside Kelsy. What a glimpse of eternity this day offered. Kelsy and Josh, I pray that as you enter this new season you are reminded how much you mean to those around you, and that the Lord will continue to bless, favor, and guide your marriage!