Hello to dear friends . Wedding preparations have limited our blogging, but I do have some news of the wedding plans! What a wondrous and tear-y and exhilarating time we are experiencing around the Morton household.
Dorothy, Adeline and Martha have been sewing bridemaids dresses for themselves, assembling invitations and keeping the household running while I planned and had jury duty. Adeline has sewn waistcoats for the young brothers and Dorothy has labored faithfully over the music - for the third time!! Yes, we have planned the ceremony music, down to the second, twice, and now are set to embark once again on this fascinating project. ( I haven't told the sound man, Willie Roberts, yet. Dorothy and I may be able to work with what we have, but alas,Willie, we may have to come over one more time.)
We have been praying that the Lord would show us what He wants at this wedding and that we would be able to walk in the Spirit in the planning - does that sound esoterical? It's not meant to - God is very real and marriage is a picture of His Son and His Bride and we really want this wedding to reflect the Lord. So , little by little , as we go over the plans with Michael B. and as friends from church make suggestions, we see the Lord's plans unfold. But .............................we cannot mention them here BECAUSE the details are a secret for Wesley and Rachel until The Big Day!!! So , you will all have to just live in suspense.
Kim Plath , calligrapher extraordinaire, has graced us with her talent and input in many areas of the wedding plans and Christine Hagen, peerless floral and tablescape designer, is going to help us make the feast a feast for the eyes as well as for the palate.
Speaking of feast, the Davis family and the Hicks family, chefs and organizers of the highest caliber, will be preparing the wedding feast, really the highlight of the evening. (Can't you smell that meat and bread?)
The Wayne Bessinger family is the brain storm behind the latest ceremony revision and we are so very excited about the possibilities. The Hiers family is helping in many ways - yard decorations and table planning - and Mrs. Hiers sweet and gentle smile and spirit keeps us reminded about how we are supposed to be during the planning.
Ray Roberts and his family are all involved in the yard-planning for a special event that I cannot mention and The Glenn Turner family is vital to the success of the guests' stay and servers' happiness. We are having so much fun working with these dear friends.
Aubrey Reed is going to be my right hand on Friday and our own Katie is doing the wedding cake!!!
The Sanders family has agreed to direct this event. They are gracious - and brave indeed.
My new step-sister , Brenda, is jumping right in - but, then , she is Rachel's aunt, too. Double fun!!!
Many young friends have graciously agreed to serve at the feast and Danny Johnson has agreed to stand and bless Wesley and Rachel with a toast, to follow Cleveland's, and open it up for the other guests to speak blessings and toasts to the couple, after the feast .
Aunt Wanda and Cousin Lori - and I hear Lea Ellen is involved? - will be bringing punch that I understand is really fabulous.
Fritz Roberts and his family are busy at every spot in the evening and we are so grateful for their support.
The Campana family from Florida is going to be involved and we are so glad.
How is that for giving you an update with absolutely no details!!!!!!!!!
Okay, a few details. The main color is dark , chocolate brown. There are several things literally in the air and we are not using the theme from Jurassic Park - you can thank Willie for that. The men will be in ultra-formal tail coats - they have arrived and the groom has tried his outfit on and I do believe he will look fine.
Wesley is preparing a place for his bride, with Cleveland , his Dad and friends and brothers. Michael B. went all over South Georgia finding deals on doors and windows- solid wood , top line things - it is like the Lord put things right where they were needed , right when they were needed.
In short, we are having a blast. This is something new for us, the groom's family planning the wedding. We wanted to see what it would be like for the groom to bring the bride to his father's house , like Christ will do one day. The Smith and Morton families are experiencing the reality of the bride getting herself ready and not having the pressures that sometimes accompany planning a major event. It has worked out well and we think it illustrates the truth that we as Christians have only to admit our sin and take on Christ's robe of righteous and then.........................wait. Now granted, we are to work while we wait and I'm sure Rachel has been busy, but in a different way than usual.
Ms. Gran, Joyce, Kim and my Dad are praying for me. Can't have an event without prayer, can we? !!
So, have a great day and ........................................three weeks and counting!