My little sister got married on June 12th. It seems like yesterday that she was playing house with the neighbor kid in our backyard. That sweet little girl was a beautiful bride.
A few people have asked for wedding details, so they are included. Don’t feel obligated to read them all, though.
God has truly guided Nathan and Charity, and blessed them with each other. Who knew that a boy from a small town in Northern Ireland would be led to Bible college where he would just happen to meet a missionary kid from Ukraine? God knew.
Here are some pictures from the special day. My husband was the photographer and did a fantastic job. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
Charity and Dad at the rehearsal
Our church had just finished VBS the night before, so we scurried to decorate Friday evening. The rehearsal was Saturday morning.
After the rehearsal, we had a delicious brunch prepared by a friend of Nathan and Charity’s.
Most of the family spent the afternoon here, there, and everywhere working on last minute details.
followed by pictures with the bride and then pictures with the groom.
Charity with her nephew Davie, the Bible bearer.
Charity with her “adopted” niece Natalie Seeley, the flower girl.
Charity with her family
Charity with Mom and Dad
Charity with Nathan’s parents
Nathan with his Mum and Dad
Nathan with his sister, Christine, and brother-in-law, Keith
Nathan with his pastor from Northern Ireland
Of course, there were lots of other poses, but these are some of the more special ones.
Then came the wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids wore maroon and navy dresses.
The flowers were dark red roses and white daisies.
Kissing balls were hung from the chandeliers
There was music throughout the ceremony
Lord, Let Your Light ~ the Durkee family
State of the Union Message ~ David Drummond and Bethany Morford
I’ll Cherish the Treasure ~ Monique Freer
More ~ Bethany Morford
Lord, Bless Our Home ~ the Durkee family
Some of the songs were during the prelude and others were while something else was happening during the ceremony.
Right before the bridal march, a bagpiper played Amazing Grace. This was definitely unique and meant a lot to Nathan.
Here comes the bride!
Giving of the bride
The family gathered around for prayer. The two fathers led in prayer for the couple.
Both Davie and Natalie were full of energy during parts of the ceremony.
The two officiating pastors, Rev. James Plank, and Rev. Barry Mander
Charity singing I’ll be Your’s Forever
During one of the songs, Charity and Nathan gave roses (and hugs) to each of their mothers. It was a surprise to the mothers.
Nathan claiming his bride!
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Purdy
And this is how Davie looked at the end of the wedding.
Nathan and Charity with Davie and Natalie
The newlyweds with the bagpiper
The wedding party
Allona, the guest book attendant, and Rev. Mander
Pianist, Jon Plank, and Clark Freer
The bridal table at the reception
The reception was beautifully decorated by Roxanne Shiery and Trish Rine. They made the school auditorium look very elegant.
The menu, carefully prepared by family and friends, was:
Cheese balls with crackers
It was a beautiful wedding, and all the time, effort, and hard work definitely paid off. Congratulations, Charity and Nathan. May God bless your marriage as He has your lives to this point, and even more!