Saturday was the wedding of our friends Daniel and Rebekah. It was pouring rain as we made the one hour drive from Minneapolis to the Valley Grove Church for the wedding, but just as we arrived……at the church the sun broke through the clouds and it was a perfect afternoon and evening for the ceremony and reception. The Valley Grove Church where the wedding took place is a registered historical site. The two buildings on the grounds were constructed in 1862 and 1894. The church however is of significance to Rebekah and Daniel because they got engaged by the tree on the grounds that you can see right behind Dave and me. We arrived at the church early to rehearse with our friends Tad and Michelle and Cath. We made up a singing group Rebekah and Daniel called Hong Kong Friends on their wedding program and we sang the hymn Speak O Lord during the service. After the service people were asking if we’d ever sung together before but I said only at karaoke places in Hong Kong. The service included scripture reading by one of Rebekah’s friends, a homily by a friend of Daniel’s from California, singing of the hymn For the Beauty of the Earth, prayers by Daniel and Rebekah’s parents, our Hong Kong Friends song and a blessing and closing prayer by Rebekah’s brother-in-law who is a Minneapolis pastor. The homily told the story of Rebekah and Daniel’s romance and also included a description of all the things Rebekah loves and appreciates about Daniel and a list of all the things Daniel loves and appreciates about Rebekah.
The church was beautifully decorated with arrangements of wildflowers. Many came from a special garden Rebekah’s Dad had seeded this year so there would be plenty of flowers for his daughter’s wedding.
Daniel and his groomsmen wait for the arrival of the bride on her father’s arm. Daniel and Rebekah say their vows to one another. The rings are exchanged while Rebekah’s friend Brooke who was one of her bridesmaids looks on. I’ve never seen a bride as happy as Rebekah. She actually laughed out loud with joy during the service. Daniel looks pretty happy too. After the ceremony, we were served watermelon and lemonade outside. While Daniel and Rebekah greeted their guests at the front door. All the friends and relatives in attendance were photographed in families. We each had to write a special message to Daniel and Rebekah on a chalkboard before having our photo taken for a pictorial guest book. Dave wrote GO WINNIPEG JETS on our chalkboard
we all moved over to a tent that had been set up on the grounds and after Rebekah’s father had said gracewe dug into a great meal of pulled pork, spare ribs, broccoli salad, cornbread, cheese rounds with a spicy topping, cucumber salad and all kinds of tangy pickles.The bridal couple was certainly very happy. After the meal there was more time for visiting before we moved into the older church building for rhubarb, apple or berry pie with homemade ice-cream and Rebekah’s sister and bridesmaid Molly, and Daniel’s groomsman and friend Mike gave toasts to the couple. Daniel and Rebekah thanked us all for coming
and invited each family to take home a basket of fresh berries they had picked just for us. Then the couple changed their clothes and walked down a path to their car while the guests threw rose petals and paper hearts on them. The newlyweds got into their car and we all waved good-bye to Rebekah and Daniel as they started down the road of their married life together.
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