Do you cry at weddings? If not, you might have cried at this one.
Saturday, August 23rd Olivia & David were married! This wedding was an honor to attend, for two reasons. First, because Olivia is one of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet, and her hubby David is a gem too. Second, this wedding was the first of its kind in Bartica!
There are only 37 in our small congregation. Of these, many were married in a legal civil ceremony, or married before becoming witnesses. The rest are teenagers and babies, and therefore single (thank god). Thus, many in our congregation had never attended a witness wedding before. So to assemble in our new Kingdom Hall, hear a Bible based talk, and share in the celebration with David & Olivia was a privilege, and one I know I’ll remember for years to come!
One of the things I love most about weddings is oooh-ing and ahh-ing over whatever bouquets and artistic floral arrangements the bride has chosen. However, fresh flowers are woefully difficult to come by here in Bartica. It’s nearly impossible to find anything other than artificial flowers for weddings, funerals, home decor, etc. Since Isabella and I are unanimous in our adoration for the real thing, Olivia gave us the go-ahead to create a tropical bouquet for her. We went to a local green house about two miles away from our place and scouted out some options. Thanks to Isabella’s eye for floral design, this above photo is what we came up with.
The ceremony took place at 2:00 in the afternoon. Vows and rings were exchanged along with dozens of hugs afterward, and Roman gave the talk.
After the ceremony, we headed to Joy’s house for a reception. We dined on the traditional faves – Curry, Chow Mein, Fried Rice, and Cookup – and one of Joy’s bible student’s made a spectacular cake.
So happy to have shared in the love and joy of this special day!