In Sarah's wedding, besides the fact that Sarah and Andrew were sure to make it known that Christ would be the center of their home, we also noted something else that we loved. The ceremony began with a transfer of headship from the Father of the Bride to the Groom. According to Scripture, the Husband and Father is the leader, or head, of the home (Genesis 3:18, Ephesians 5:22, Colossians 3:18 and others). He is the Spiritual and physical leader of the home. Upon marriage of a daughter, the headship would then be transferred to the groom. We've always seen this implied in weddings, but in Sarah's wedding, it was part of the ceremony and made as a verbal statement that Sarah's father, Carl, was ready and willing to transfer headship over to Andrew.
I believe this spoke volumes of Carl's acceptance of Andrew as his new son and head of his daughter Sarah, but also of Sarah and Andrew's respect for Carl as their father. It was an open statement to all present that Sarah and Andrew believe in that Biblical model. In our world today where people are not honoring their mothers and fathers and where committments and vows mean very little, it was so refreshing to see these young people so committed to God's Plan laid out in His Word. It was a blessing to see that.
(Right here, I have this beautiful picture of Andrew and Sarah I wanted to share, but my computer is being moody, so I will have to update this post with the picture later)
The ceremony was over and we went to another location for the reception. Now, I must preface this with one, whoppin' statement: This was in the SOUTH. South Carolina, to be exact. I LOVE the South. We lived in North Carolina for 4 years and we always say that before we moved there, we thought we were FROM the south. Then we moved to North Carolina. This reception held true to all standards set by Southern Living Catalogs and cookbooks. Everything was absolutely beautiful. The tables, the food, the location-a beautiful plantation style home in the country, even a play area for the children, it was all wonderful.
Rachel with Cousin Ella Something that Sarah and Andrew included in this reception was dancing. Yes.....*dancing*... Sarah and Andrew enjoy old fashioned swing dancing. The type of dancing our grandmas and great grandmas danced on Friday nights after everyone had worked hard on the farm during the week. Good, clean, old-fashioned fun.