The whole wedding party was packed into
the entryway of the farmhouse. Laughing, talking, and plenty of excitement were in the air as everyone prepared for the ceremony to start. I felt nothing but
joy and anticipation…not a single thought of worry or doubt made its way to my
head and I didn’t feel a bit of nervousness or anxiety- and I owe all of that
First out the door were the grandmothers and
our mamas. Next out was the groom himself, along with Mr. Willie, and my
preacher, Mr. Paul. I watched the girls and guys go two-by-two and watched
through the window as they all waited their turn. Then the little flower girls
and ring-bearers made their way outside and that left my dad and me. He said a
prayer for us, specifically for me- just like he has been since the day I was
Erin, my wedding planner, gave us our cue
and through the door we went. I thought as soon as I stepped outside surely the
nerves would hit…but they still didn’t! And I count that as one of the biggest
miracles of my life because walking down that aisle was a breeze…I mean I was
really enjoying myself! First off, I see my handsome groom waiting for me
smiling from ear to ear. Then dad kept me steady as I looked around to see all
the joyous faces of people I loved. Weddings are great because both of your
families and all your circles of friends are at the same place at the same
time…that is awesome.
We finally made it to the front of the
aisle where we were greeted by Mr. Willie, our officiator, whose first words
came out with an Irish accent! The whole crowd went crazy laughing including
all of us. My dad replied with an accent as well, and after that the ice was
broken and I think it put everyone there at ease.
The ceremony was beautiful. My pastor
welcomed all of our guests and opened with a prayer. Then Mr. Willie preached.
He compared marriage to a house- it wasn’t very long at all but it was very
meaningful and had so much truth in it…I think everyone there, especially the
couples, left encouraged. Then my dad gave us the blessing he has said over me
every single night…
“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May
His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He turn His face towards
you and give you peace”.
We said our vows and we exchanged rings.
Then we were announced husband and wife!
Mr. and Mrs. John Luke Robertson!
The band started playing “Best Day of My
Life” and we triumphantly headed back up the aisle laughing and celebrating.
Once we made it to the house we were
greeted by some of the production crew who were screaming and cheering and
hugging us. Then soon followed the rest of the bridal party and tons of more
hugs and celebrating happened!
Next were family pictures…
which with our big families was quite
that much more fun!
After pictures we were on a golf cart
headed to the reception.
(Specifically to the dance floor). We had
the honor of having our friend Ben Rector come and play our first dance. We met
Ben last summer in Canada and then went to hear him play live last fall in
Texas. (Little did I know that the secret purpose of that trip was so John Luke
could pick up my ring!) John Luke told me after we got engaged that while we
were listening to Ben sing “Forever Like That” at the concert, that if he would
have had the ring in his pocket he would have proposed then and there. He had
told his mom about it as well, so Mrs. Korie asked Ben if he would come sing
again at our engagement party! And he did! So it only made since for us to
dance to that song for our first dance. Ben was already going to be a guest at
the wedding, so he was a champ and agreed to sing for us. So shout-out to Ben!
After the first dance we went and cut our
was just as good as it looked!
Then up walked all of our family haha.
They had run inside to change and we did everything so fast that they
accidentally missed it! (But thankfully they’ll be able to catch it in the
Anthem Lights played “My Girl” for the
Daddy/Daughter dance. We had so much fun goofing off and singing the whole
Then John Luke and Mrs. Korie took the
dance floor and it was really sweet.
From that point on there was a LOT of
dancing! I mean a LOT. The dance floor literally always had someone on it, and
most of the time it was sooooo crowded that everyone was constantly bumping
into each other! The house band played all the good oldies and I think “Shout”
and “Louisiana Saturday Night” may have tied for the favorite.
We also had the pleasure of having Mark
Ballas and his girlfriend B.C. Jean sing for us. They were absolutely
Also Reed took the stage with a song he
wrote and blew us all away. It was so special.
The night continued on and I was
surprised by how late so many people stayed-nobody seemed to want to leave the
party! John Luke and I spent the rest of the reception taking pictures and
visiting with friends and family, being silly in the photo booth, and dancing
till we nearly passed out. Unfortunately the one thing we didn’t really get to
do was eat!
And what a shame that was because looking
at pictures the food looked absolutely delicious. And everyone else told us it
was great haha. But we had a variety of different kinds of carnival foods like:
Chicken on a stick
The fireworks started as an indicator
that the night was coming to an end. And there were also these huge flames! But
I wasn’t quite ready to leave the party. So about that time Mr. Willie took the
stage with the house band and gave us a show!
Finally it was time to go. John Luke and
I ran through a tunnel of people to the car as they threw dried flowers at us
Then we were off.
Best. Day. Ever
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