We had the most beautiful wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous outside, and not a cloud in the sky. Our day started early, as we were planning to do all of our portraits together before the ceremony. It’s the best decision we ever could have made, because we have so many special portraits of just the two of us that we can treasure forever.
Our ceremony was at 5 o’clock that evening. We used Akron Baptist Temple that has a huge main auditorium. Because Daddy had passed away, I asked my brother to give me away. I will never forget how scared I got right before that trip down the aisle. There I was, standing in the back of a large auditorium, with 350+ people looking right at me. The aisle felt about 5 miles long. I’m pretty sure my brother was dragging me for the first 4 miles.
As I got closer, and I could actually make eye contact with Gene, I calmed down. I knew that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, and I knew that I’d be ok as soon as I could hold his hand.
The ceremony was short and sweet. We said our vows, lit the unity candle, and then we had a special part of the ceremony just for Ashley. We purchased a necklace with Ashley’s initial on the front and our wedding date on the back. We had Ashley join us at the front (she was my Flower Girl/Maid of Honor). We put the necklace on her, told her how much we loved her and how this represented that we were all coming together as a family. It wasn’t going to be and Ash against Gene, it was going to be the 3 of us. After that, we prayed together. The pastor announced that we were husband and wife, and off we went to the reception.
Most people would have found our reception boring. I thought it was beautiful, and it was exactly what I had envisioned for my wedding day. There was no dancing. (My Daddy would have rolled over in his grave if I had dancing at my wedding!) There was no drinking. There was, however, a man playing a grand piano in the middle of the reception hall. There were tables set up for the kids with coloring books, blocks, toys, and more. And there was food. Lots and lots of food.
The entire day flew by, and the next morning, hubby and I flew to Hawaii. We spent the next 7 days in paradise. It was perfect.
Now, here we are, 7 years later. In those 7 years, we’ve added 4 kids to our crew, we’ve moved from Ohio to Georgia, and things couldn’t be better.
I am still the luckiest girl on earth, and I am so blessed to have a man who loves me, our children, and our God as much as he does. I am looking forward to many, many more years with Gene by my side.