These are not the best quality, but while we are waiting for the professional photos, here are a few.
Rich was speechless for the first 5 minutes after he saw his beloved first-born daughter in her wedding dress and made quite a few of us cry when he walked her down the aisle, visibly struggling to hold himself together.
It was beautiful and moving. And then he was the one performing the actual wedding, with Lewis' father doing the message (and our pastor the welcome and intro).
Lewis' father's comment afterwards: "I'm definitely NOT going to be the one marrying my daughters."
It was pretty emotional, but Rich did well nonetheless.
Whew - - - if you have prayed for Nathalie and Lewis' wedding - and us - THAnk YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
It was an absolutely fabulous day and I can't keep my tears back for feeling SOOOOO blessed!!!!
The ceremony did take place at the chapel instead of the beach, because of the weather, but it didn't matter at bit - not even to Nathalie, she said! She said it was the perfect day and there's nothing she would have wanted any other way (and she is easily disappointed). The weather was perfect for the photos, too.
It was very intense all the way - with me not being able to sleep for almost a week - just too much excitement for me all at once - and Nathalie coming down sick.
In the end, all worked out marvelously, I did get a good night's sleep on the last night (should have gotten those sleeping pills earlier - duh..) and Nathalie did, too, and she was feeling all better and looked radiant!
All I can say is - THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
There is no better way to plan and have a wedding than with Holy Spirit!
He's the BEST - reminding, prompting, inspiring, helping, strengthening, enabling...
And the blessing didn't end with the day.
Yesterday is still like a dream - sitting in our sunny garden (first time since winter) with my brother from Australia with his wife and 4 boys, my other brother from Germany, my niece from Germany, and close friends from Tahiti - - - enjoying a brunch and catching up! Rich's parents had already left in the night.
We hadn't seen my brother from Aussie and family for 8 years!!!
In the afternoon, we all went to the beach and the kids had a blast in the waves.
Kylie discovered her new "best friend" - cousin Gabriel. It's too precious to see the 2 of them hand in hand, playing in the waves, eating at our little table...
BLeSSED BEYOND MEASURE!!!!!!!!
AND - God provided for all our financial needs, too!
How else could it have turned out...
GOD, YOU ARE GOOD AND YOUR MERCIES ENDURE FOREVER!!!!!!!!
For anybody out there that's still checking my blog - - - We're all well and just about ready for THE WEDDING on Saturday. Yaaaheeeee!!! It's been really intense and an incredible amount of work, but I know it'll all be worth it when the day rolls around!
Nathalie's just about packed up all her belongings and is emptying out her room - - - moving it to her new house on the farm - 25 minutes from here.
It's all pretty emotional - leaving home - getting married - us letting go of our first child - 12 visitors arriving from overseas... including one brother with family that we haven't seen in 8 years!
God's been so good along the way, sending help - and finances - just when and where needed. We feel so blessed already!
We would appreciate your prayers for the next few days - and the weather, too! At the moment, strong winds are forecast for Saturday, in which case we'd need to move the wedding from the beach to our planB venue...