North Carolina has been massively under attack by Hurricane Florence this weekend. I have watched images of my favorite beaches I grew up on getting destroyed. But, as a native, I've watched this many times before. The people of our beaches have a resilient nature for this and they always come back strong.
My heart goes out to the brides this weekend. Anyone that knows me, knows my husband and I braved Hurricane Matthew and got married amidst the storm with a tiny audience. (That's the beauty of marriage though, you don't need everyone to witness it starting, what we really need is all those people to hold us accountable for our marriages.)
On that day, we woke up to rain and dark ominous clouds just like we've had all weekend. We knew we'd have to move our beautiful outside ceremony to the inside. But that's the beauty of the venue we had, the back up plan was still glorious. On that day, our emotions were quite high, but the most beautiful thing happened...
We still started our marriage!
We live in a time where SO much emphasis is put on the wedding day and very little on all the many days after. We spend an entire year planning out exactly how we want this one particular day to go and we have anxiety thinking something might not go the way we wanted. But the most interesting thing to me is, during all that planning, we don't think much past the honeymoon. During all that planning, we become so concerned with so many things we don't normally feel concern over. If Hurricane Matthew taught me anything, it's plans aren't everything. I've always been one that wanted to seek God's plan for my life and oh boy did that hurricane He sent us change our plans for the better!
It's been almost two years since our day with Hurricane Matthew. In those two years we have grown more than I could have imagined back on the blustery wedding day. We have seen a ton of weddings since too and I must share, I feel exclusive being someone that had such an event happen for her wedding. It really is something we greatly enjoy looking back on!
Here are a few more photos from that day!