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“I come to you not as a empty person needing you to fill me, but as a whole person, made whole by Christ.” Greg made this pronouncement to Megan during the couple’s ceremony at Calvery Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington.
I love this because it is the true epitome of a strong foundation. When we are already a whole person, not looking for someone to give meaning to our lives and fill the void. But when we are whole, we invite that person in because they bring us joy, they fill our heart, and because we want them there. Through the good times and bad, they can face anything through this strength. Nothing breaks their bond. Because they already know who they are and what they offer. They stand firm in their own beliefs and do not waiver. And they know their spouse does not define them. But they choose to love them each day. And in that continued choice by two whole people is when a truly special relationship blooms. It is a truly beautiful thing to witness.
This wedding day was full of emotion and feels and all around beautiful-ness. Greg’s reaction to seeing Megan for the first time gave me life people. He could not even stand up right as he saw the woman of his heart for the first time in her wedding dress. And you know what made the day even better? Although Greg had already seen Megan before the ceremony during their first look, when she walked down the aisle towards him he could not help but become overwhelmed with love again. The pictures say it all. And it had me wanting to rush up to them for hugs, jumps, and squeals. You know that feeling? Don’t worry, I contained myself and did not rush the alter during the ceremony.
Making it even more special, Megan’s dad, who is a pastor, led the ceremony after walking Megan down the aisle. What an amazing moment for a Father to get to give away his daughter in this way.
I also love the story of how this couple met and how you never know what’s around the next corner in this life. Megan’s older sister detailed during her speech that she had been working at Quiznos before going off to college in Arizona. Since it was a good job and Megan was looking, she put in a good word which led to Megan being hired. Well, already working at Quiznos was Greg. Over the following months, Megan talked about the Quiznos boy more and more, and how nice and kind he was. Greg was so intentional in his kindness for others even before he was pursuing Megan romantically. And I absolutely love that about Greg. Because Megan’s own Father said that he loved the way that Greg never spoke ill about anyone. He was always looking for the good in people, he always spoke lovingly about his parents, and he saw the way Greg treated Megan with unconditional love.
During the reception at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup, Wa, Greg’s best man had endless positive things to say about Megan and her impact on Greg’s relationship. He saw Megan strengthen Greg’s relationship with God and I love when each person in a relationship makes the other person an even better version of themselves. Because that’s kind of marriage, where two whole people lift each other up to reach their fullest potential, is the kind I’m so blessed to witness time and time again.
Two years later, Greg and Megan step into life together as Husband and Wife, and I couldn’t be more excited. You two bless all those around you with your love and kindness, and the world is a better place for having you two in it! As a unit, I know there are no bounds to what you will conquer in this life!
Ceremony: Calvery Baptist Church, Tacoma, Washington
Reception: Meridian Habitat Park, Puyallup, Wa
Cake: Toma Kanouff, family friend
Flowers and decorations: DIY
Dress: David’s Bridal