Most people are polite and kind. Most of us will smile and help others out when needed. And then there are those who are selfless. Those who choose to put others needs before their own, sacrificing their own happiness for the needs of their neighbor or friend. Emily and Josh are just that, selfless. They deeply love each other, and show love for family and friends in the same intentional and unwavering way. Their day was full and sweet, with fresh wildflowers and lots of laughter. Emily had a calm, content way about her the entire time. Josh couldn't stop smiling. Certain parts of the wedding truly reflected who they are as a couple. One being that the dessert included different dishes brought by family members or friends, each a favorite recipe. You could see the love that everyone shares for these two. Emily and Josh also chose to have lanterns instead of flowers, for Emily and her bridesmaids, and in the decorations. Here's what they wrote to explain:
"So...why the lanterns?
In the bible, Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 25 about ten virgins, or bridesmaids, who carried lanterns as they waited for the bridegroom to arrive for the wedding feast. He was referring to traditional Jewish weddings of the time. After the bridegroom had pledged himself to his future wife, he would go away to prepare a place for them to live after the wedding. The bride and her maids would then wait expectantly for his return, which could be anytime, even in the middle of the night, to lead them into the banquet hall and begin the days-long wedding celebration.
This parable pointed to Jesus' future return for his bride, the Church, consisting of all who believe in Him for their salvation. In the parable, there are five wise bridesmaids, who have plenty of oil in their lanterns and are prepared for the bridegroom's return, and five foolish bridesmaids, who do not bring extra oil, and are not ready for the wedding procession and feast. Emily and Josh desire that their wedding direct all of our eyes to the ultimate wedding that is coming between Christ and His ransomed ones, and they ask the question: Will we be ready for His return?"
I am looking forward to seeing these two incredible people grow together, and continue to serve and love those around them fiercely. Enjoy their beautiful mountain wedding in Divide, CO!
Venue: The Lodge at Elk Valley
Bride's Hair and Makeup: Natalie Spear
Bride's Dress & Veil: David's Bridal
Flowers: Jill Isbel
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse
Catering: The Historic Ute Inn
Dessert: Individual dishes brought by family & friends
Additional Decoration: Rhonda Shepard