I am overflowing with excitement to journal about our May 9th wedding! I wanted to post here right away, but I needed to make sure I had enough time to thoughtfully write about every detail. This wedding was a favorite of mine for several reasons. Read on!
Kiel and Josh are such a precious couple. I communicated much with Kiel [pronounced like Kyle - you can imagine how many ways I came up with to say it the wrong way...] and her mom throughout the past few months. Kiel's family is from Florida, and she is living in Tennessee, so everyone traveled quite a distance for this destination wedding in Highlands, NC, at the Farm at Old Edwards Inn.
Bethany arrived home the evening of May 8th. On the morning of May 9th, we packed the car and headed out for the wedding!
After checking into our hotel, we walked around the small town to explore before the wedding. The weather was nice, yet on the verge of a storm. Thankfully, the wedding was under a beautiful tent with chandeliers. I'm so excited to see the photos from the photographers!
I love it when a couple gives us the freedom as musicians to play from our list of Prelude selections. We played everything from memory, and enjoyed watching some of the guests sing along.
In addition to what we played by ear, here is the complete list of Ceremony selections:
Come Thou Fount [Mothers/Grandmothers]
In Christ Alone [Bridal Party]
Marry Me - Train [Bride]
Love Story - [Bridal Party Recessional]
The ceremony was so beautiful, meaningful, and sacred. I couldn't help but smile uncontrollably. Throughout the ceremony, we got to know the couple and their story through the officiant. Their story was one of waiting on the Lord to provide, and trusting His choice and timing. And then came our next favorite part:
They were long. They were sacred. They were Biblical. They perfectly captured the heart of marriage. I looked over at Lauren behind the Keyboard during the vows, and we met eyes. Yes - we want these vows!
As we were packing up after the wedding, we were able to meet Cindy [Mother of the Bride] and the new Mr. and Mrs. Josh Hunter! It is always a joy to meet the people who we have been communicating with for so long. Sometimes a wedding is so busy and exciting that we don't get to meet the couple. We definitely were thrilled to meet and to get to know them better. Kiel and Josh even said they would send us their vows! [For those who don't know yet, a Wescottage Music wedding will be coming very soon! Hang tight for that special post!].
Cindy and the couple kindly invited us four to stay for the reception. We were honored to be included in the celebration of their union! The reception was exquisite. Everyone was so friendly, the food was amazing, and we made some precious memories.
Kiel wrote a sweet note to us all. We are so happy to have been a part of their special day!