Tuesday, May 28, 2013

All I Heard Was Love

The wedding was at my parent's farm. Coby and Liz worked to clean out their 100 year old barn and make it shine. They are such gentle, sincere, kind, easygoing people, and their wedding reflected them.

My brother Joe came in from California, we love him! 
The cousins will not leave him alone, everyone is so happy when he is home.

Rehearsal dinner at El Papa's

The girls were flower girls. They had their hair done and wore new dresses and partied hard for four days straight. They will always remember this weekend.

My Dad and Emma

My handsome husband

A beautiful day

Her mother's dress!
My Aunt Sharman performed the ceremony

wild flowers, mason jars, local wine and honey

My mom and Annie . ..
oh, my this girl loves to dance!
If you've got it, you got it.

We like to move it move it

A gorgeous sunset to end the day

Coby and Liz worked incredibly hard to pull it all together, but I so admire their laid-back, relaxed approach. They seriously do not sweat the small stuff, but know how to focus on the parts that are meaningful and lovely.

In addition there was a really beautiful community effort- their friends and family who took pictures, played music, made the cakes, sewed the dresses, did hair, cut flowers and made the arrangements, brought lettuce from their gardens, donated lamb for the dinner . .. and my parents have some of the greatest friends who took on all of the details during the reception- serving and clearing plates, etc. It made me realize again how fortunate we are to have such an amazing community of friends and families willing to come together and serve one another. It is so beautiful.

All I Heard Was Love is the title of a song Coby wrote. You can listen to some really great music by State Bird here.

Coby and Liz invited their sisters to share a few words during the ceremony. This is what I said, if you care to read it:

Today we are here to celebrate Liz and Coby and the hope and commitment of their love for one another. But there is more than that. There are occasions when it is good and necessary to come together and acknowledge that life is a miracle.  And this is why we are here today.

As individuals we have experienced the delight of the presence of Coby and Liz in the world. Some of us for only a short time, others since the day they each were born. And life is a miracle and we know it from being with and knowing Coby and Liz. We know it because of their particular spark and particular person which is so endearing and that we love and recognize as something amazing and unique, that can only come from God. 

Today we can look around and acknowledge with the land the miracle and mystery of life. These hills and fields formed by God have been here far longer than any of us can imagine, they remind us that we participate in something far greater than ourselves. 

I have to imagine many sunny days in May, and my Grandparents working on these hills, while a few hills away, Liz’s grandparents are working as well, both, for love of the land, for love of one another and their children, love for God, and who would have known that these two stories would one day be woven together, here, on a sunny day in May.

Coby and Liz join together today not only their own lives, but also their separate families, and histories, their separate communities into a new family and a new community. Together we are here to celebrate this new and more vibrant community.

This occasion, a wedding, is a good time to reflect on the fact that we are here because of the work of love, we are bound together by affection, because life is a miracle. And living is holy work, and marriage is holy work, and today is a good day to celebrate.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 
Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.


Corinne Cunningham said...

This is all so moving. The simplicity of it, and the depth. Gorgeous! And her dress, I love it :)

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Jess this is such a beautiful post... from the gorgeous photos, to the beautiful scenery and people, to your sweet words that you shared. I loved it.

ali said...

What a lovely lovely day! And a wonderful couple.

I love that he used music from that album. My bridesmaids walked down the aisle to a song from that album.

You are all such a creative and lovely family.

Congrats to those two! :)