I asked, “How did you know he/she was the one?”
” From our very first date it just felt like I already knew him. And every time after that it felt more and more comfortable.”
“I just knew. Whether it is just walking in the park, or on the beach, she just fills me up.”
Yesterday was such a great day. I witnessed the nuptials of my oldest and dearest friend, Melissa and her new husband Jonathan. I was honored to be invited to join Melissa in the bridal suite the morning of the wedding as she prepared along with her sister (the matron of honor) and her mom. I have been an extended part of this family for over 20 years and graciously accepted the invitation.
The ceremony and the reception was held at The Palace in Somerset Park.We started off the day in the bridal suite where coffee soon turned to mimosas. We talked, laughed, and wiped the occasional tears that developed in our eyes when we thought about why we were all gathered together on this day.
Hair and makeup were being done and selfies were being taken when before you knew it, it was time to start to get dressed.
Melissa looked absolutely beautiful. I was speechless. I could not wait for Jonathan to see his bride. I watched as the photographer captured memories. After a little while I decided to go with my husband and get a good seat for the ceremony. The next time I would see my friend she would be walking down the isle.
Let me go back a little. About 2 years ago. I remember Melissa telling me that there was a suggested match on eHarmony that caught her interest. They connected and went out. I don’t remember what she told me they did on their date but I remember how she sounded. When we hung up I told my husband that I think Melissa found “the one”.
Jonathan sounded like everything I wanted her to find. The first time I met him was about 5 months or so later. We were winding down from my daughter’s first birthday party and some of my family were still here along with Melissa. She said Jonathan wanted to come and meet her here. When I met him I immediately felt his warm loving spirit. He fit right in and gave hugs (I am a hugger so this was important,lol).
Over the past two years I have gotten to know him and adore him more and more. What stands out every time I see Jonathan is the love and appreciation he has for my friend. Melissa is a rare jewel so it was important to me that he could see that also. I was not surprised at all when he popped the question. I knew he was truly committed and wanted to begin a life together. Obviously she said yes, which led us to yesterday. 🙂
So there she was walking down the isle with her dad. Melissa looked so beautiful. Typically I look at the groom’s expression as the bride walks down, but this time I was watching the bride. I was watching my friend. Her last walk as a single woman. I took that walk 6 years ago and I remember how it felt to be walking to the man I would spend my forever with. I am sure she had that same feeling.
The ceremony was simple and elegant and they were soon man and wife.
After the ceremony and the cocktail hour,the fun began. The traditional dances were danced while I watched as they relished in their moment. I had the privilege of saying the blessing at the reception. This was my blessing to them.
We gather here now to celebrate the love and commitment of Melissa & Jonathan as they share their first meal together as husband and wife.
Let this be the first of many loving meals shared together with their family and friends.
We thank you for the love, guidance and support of those gathered here today
We pray, their hearts grow together in love and unity. Teach them how to enjoy working together, playing together, and dreaming together.
Estamos muy contentos de formar parte de este dia maramilloso
Que haya muchos gozos, sonrisas and logros
Que Dios los siga bendiciendo pon muchos años mas
We are so happy to be a part of this wonderful day
May there be many joys, smiles, and laughter.
May God continue to shower you with blessings for many more years to come.
The reception was gorgeous but the highlight for me was when Jonathan surprised his new wife by singing to her. He sang “Crazy Love” by Aaron Neville. So many people were wiping their tears, myself included. It was absolutely beautiful!!! As a couple they are absolutely beautiful!
It was a true celebration. I did not get to spend much time with Melissa, she had many people to meet and greet. However, we did meet on the dance floor when the DJ played “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
The cake had been cut and it was time for us to say goodbye. I found her and gave her a quick hug and kiss. I am looking forward to speaking to her soon to reminisce about the day.
I dedicate this blog to Melissa and Jonathan the epitome of a couple in love.