Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Adding to the Beauty

Ten years ago, (really even five years ago!), if you had asked me what I'd be doing now, I would have told you that my husband and I would probably be on staff with some type of ministry, maybe overseas, or maybe here, but involved in missions someway, somewhere.

That being said, I've wondered at times, what in the world being a wedding planner and event designer have anything to do with ministry. From the outside, you might say, nothing. That it's all about materialism, worldliness, and focusing on the appearance of things. But that's before you see how involved God is in people's lives.

Take these two precious people.

Coming from hardships that I wouldn't wish on anyone, they both had a long road to each other. However, as they became friends, they realized that God wasn't finished writing their stories. And that somewhere, there was a new chapter to be written.

And that's when I got to step in. I got to love, serve, care for, and dream with a bride who thought she may never love again. I got to create, design, and plan details to articulate exactly who this couple is becoming. And, then, I got to walk with them as they move into a place of oneness. Knowing that the God of all comfort and wisdom is walking with us.

So, even though you might think it's just about flowers, linens, food, dresses, cake and music, it's about so much more than that. Those things are just the fluff. And, don't get me wrong...I love the fluff. It's just not what it's really all about. It's really about seeing a God who loves being involved add beauty to life.

As I gave her one last hug before she ran through bubbles, I almost lost it. I told her I loved her, and that I was so happy for her, and that we'd get coffee together soon. Even though I know our relationship will change from what it has been, it will never lose it's sacredness of what it was. You see, when you add beauty to someone's life, you can never take it back. The blessing has been given to both of you, and you are both enriched because of it.

This precious couple had such an amazing day to celebrate what God has done in their lives. And I am so honored that in a small way, I got to be right there, all the while, seeing the miracle unfold.

"I want to add to the beauty, to tell a better story.
I want to shine with the light, that's burning up inside."
~Sara Groves in "Add to the Beauty"

Many thanks to all the wonderful vendors we hired to make their day such a beautiful day: Starmount Country Club (venue), Lucy Clement (photographer), Wally West (music & dj), Bill Entwistle (videographer), Maxie B's (cake), and The Farmer's Wife (florist), Dan Grassi (guitarist), Andrea and Virginia Wimmer (violinists). You guys are the best!

Thanks Em, for sharing your candid shots from the wedding!


  1. I can honestly say that all of the people who helped make our wedding day the perfect one that it was will be remembered by me fondly, probably forever. My photographer ended up giving me the perfect words of encouragement that I needed when our trolley broke down (a crisis for a bride, as you well know!), and I never would have thought that she could supply something that even my old friends and family couldn’t in that specific moment-talk about eternally grateful. I’m sure that your work is treasured by so many, just based on what I’ve seen of you here!

  2. Such a sweet wedding for a precious couple. Not that I know them, but from your words and Emily's I know they've got to be precious.

  3. What a beautiful post Melissa. I think it is wonderful what you do. Working with couples taking this journey of becoming one... God is ALL over that! So much more than the fluff... though all of that is so, so pretty! :) It is a blessing to be part of something so special! I am so happy you stopped by today... I have missed you! ♥

  4. how absolutely perfectly wonderful.