I did go to the chapel today, the Lovely Lane Chapel in St. Simons Island, Georgia, but no, I did not get married. haha My sweet gorgeous friend Mary Grace did, though! This was the first wedding I was a bridesmaid in and boy, what an experience it was--a great one at that! Us girls laughed pretty much the entire day and had so much fun. I also think I debunked any left over Hollywood myths I had about weddings thanks to being in hers. (I called today Wedding 102 for me, since I had passed Wedding 101 when I helped a friend discuss her wedding plans this time all last summer). The wedding was very small, just family and a few friends, so I was very touched and honored to share in their day with them. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather...or a better venue, Epworth by the Sea.
Today I got to witness the union of two very special people, Mary Grace and Jonathan. I wouldn't have dreamed this time last year that I would be attending their wedding in a year, but God's timing prevailed. Their relationship has renewed my hope of my own dreams for marriage in this simple fact: sometimes it doesn't take very long, after two people meet, to come to the realization that they are going to spend the rest of their lives together. Mary Grace has taught me that when you find that right person you will be glad that you didn't compromise or wish you had chosen someone else. One day I will look back in my own life and know it, but for now I'm edging closer and closer to believing that that advice is true.
I had told Mary Grace, after she had asked me to be in the wedding, that it was my goal to bring a plus one. That did not happen but I don't regret it. Instead, during the ceremony I was overwhelmed with joy for my friend and also something else. I was reminded of my desire, if I am being truly honest, to have a bilingual wedding. I know that I cannot wish the perfect guy into my life but I want the man I marry to share my love of languages. Hopefully one of those languages is Spanish. If instead it's Portuguese, hey, I'll get by--no sweat! ;)
It may take a few more months or even years but as I learned from this happy couple, time spent waiting for the man or woman God has for you is truly worth it in the end!
1 Corintios 13:13--"Ahora permanecen la fe, la esperanza y el amor, estos tres; pero el mayor de ellos es el amor."
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."