Is it possible to throw a wedding that isn't...superficial?!
That's what I'm trying to find out. As everyone knows I spent four months in Uganda. Not a jaw-dropping, earth-shattering, impressive amount of time. But enough for me to gain a sense of the plight of the world's poor in stark contrast to my own vast wealth and affluence. So in planning my wedding and looking at bridal gowns that cost the equivalent of my host Papa's yearly salary-I'm really struggling.
Neither the hubby or I are particularly keen on being the center of attention. Nor are we exactly "high maintenance" people. I never grew up picturing what my wedding dress would look like. I never even pictured who my groom would be. I honestly didn't really picture a wedding at all until Chuck entered my life. And even then, it wasn't the wedding I was thinking about, it was the marriage.
It's so easy to become swept up into the details of what our consumerist culture suggests a wedding should be. I seriously dislike wedding planning. I've tried to get in the spirit by becoming a Pinterest troll, but the truth of the matter is, I don't want a "wedding" as I believe our society defines it. I want to be outside, surrounded by the beauty of God's creation and testify to the love God has blessed me with. But most importantly, I want to be united with my future husband and my soul mate under my Holy Father.
I don't want floral arrangements. I don't want Save-the-Dates. I certainly don't want to be in a crowd of people I've never met. I want a marriage.
Fortunately for me, my hubby-to-be wants all those same things. Which is just one of the million reasons why I am so crazy in love with him. My prayer now is that as future man-and-wife, Chuck and I might stay true to this vision; that our union might represent who we are as a couple. That we wouldn't be swayed to cater to those around us and that above all else, our irrevocable love will continue to glorify God for the rest of our days.