Monday, July 12, 2010

{a wedding, African-style}

my friend lyndee got married this weekend
to the love of her life, cam, 
and i had the tremendous honor of being a bridesmaid.

i don't think i could be any happier for them.
they are so clearly meant to be together.
they are both incredible --
some of the most giving, loving, encouraging, selfless, 
(insert positive attribute here) people i know.

{doesn't she make a gorgeous bride??}

their love for Jesus is tremendous. it is so inspiring.
there is no doubt in my mind that they are going to do 
incredible things for His Kingdom.
they have already impacted so many lives individually,
i can't even imagine how huge their impact will be as a married couple.

their wedding was beautiful and seamless, 
despite the fact that there were over 650 people in attendance.
the ceremony was a tear-jerker. cam's written vows were the most 
poignant and poetic i've ever heard.
and steve's message was such a beautiful reminder of 
God's intention for marriage.

{don't you love the variety of colors? 
the bride let us pick out our own so we wouldn't have to spend a fortune.}
{i don't think they could have possibly been any happier.}

the reception was very atypical of a traditional american wedding.
during college, lyndee lived in burkina faso (a country in africa) for a semester. 
during her time there, she went to a number of weddings,
because the whole community is invited to weddings there. they are a massive celebration.

lyndee's host sister, josieanne (pictured above in the pink dress), 
was able to get her visa just in time to be a part of the wedding!
she told me that in her sister's wedding in africa, there were over 2,000 guests!!
and in another wedding, she was one of 40 bridesmaids!

of course, this would not be possible 
if you were paying for each guest's meal. but this is not what they do in africa.
in lieu of bringing a gift, each guest brings a dish to pass.
and this is just what lyndee and cam decided to do for their wedding.
they were able to have everyone they love be part of their beautiful day
without going thousands of dollars in debt.

it was like a giant picnic! such a beautiful celebration.

 {i got to see my beautiful sister! :)}
{and they're off on their road trip out west in their newly acquired camper!!}

{ecclisiastes 4:9-12}

9 two are better than one, 
because they have a good return for their work: 
10 if one falls down, his friend can help him up. 
but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 
11 also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. 
but how can one keep warm alone?
12 though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. 
a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Caroline said...

aww congrats to your friend!! what a beautiful post!!

Cole said...

I love how colorful it all was. great photos!

Dancing Branflake said...

How wonderful! You and she are so beautiful. I don't think I even know 650 people! What a wonderful scripture.

Faith said...

I enjoyed reading this post oh, so much! Looks like everyone had a wonderful day!

Kelly said...

What a beautiful day! I love the bright colors!

Laura said...

Awesome! I love weddings that don't cost a fortune. One of my friends had a wedding in a park with a cookout afterwards. For the reception, everyone hung out and played ultimate.

Allison Drew said...

Girl, that dress is wonderful. I love the yellow.

KristiMcMurry said...

What a cute wedding! I love the idea of having guests bring food. That would be fun because you'd have such a big variety!

Gingiber said...

Is that dress from Anthropologie? I adore it!

Wild and Precious said...

we really are kindered spirits! i'm wearing the cream version of that dress as a bridesmaid dress!!! come visit me so we can take matchy pictures!

Meg said...

what a fantastic idea for a wedding reception! it makes me teary-eyed just thinking about what a wonderful community-feel the wedding must have had... and you looked beautiful :)

house 09 said...

what a beautiful bright happy day. :) congrats to your friends!

jozen said...

you look drop dead gorgeous!!

the southern hostess said...

What a perfect wedding! You look adorable.

Anonymous said...

love your dress - so cute!