My cousin was married in 2011 and he and his wife to be asked me to say a wedding prayer at their rehearsal dinner. It was one of the greatest things that I had ever been asked. It’s hard to put into words just how blessed I was to play such a small part in their special day. I know I wasn’t the Charlottesville wedding photographer that they hired to take photographs of this beautiful day, but I felt like a had a huge part to play all the same. My cousin is the closest thing my sister and I have to a brother. While we are years apart, we grew up close and share a lot of special memories. I’m super proud of who he is and the man he has become. I adore the family that he and his wife have created. So, here is the wedding prayer I said that night.
Thank you for this happy celebration of your most amazing gift, the gift of love
Thank you for friends and family
Thank you for bringing us all together for this weekend to celebrate this couple
Thank you for Ian and Sarah, and bless them as they stand on the threshold of a new part of their journey in this life.
Let them lean in to their love of you, of each other, and let this big crazy family gathered stand to bolster them in their life together, now and always.
Let us remember to slow down in these days, take a breath, and take in the sheer joy and love that surrounds us, surrounds Ian and Sarah. Let remember to soak in the tiny moments for they are fleeting.
Thank you for this meal and please bless it for our use. Bless those who helped prepare it and those who made this evening possible.
Dear Lord thank you for this life, this big family, this joyous time and this meal.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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