Luke + Chelsie | Just Married

A wedding day that symbolized redemption, adoption, grace, provision, unity, and the amazing love of our Father.

Chelsie, the bride wrote the following….worth the read…<3

For so long it had just been Johnathan and I, my fiercely protective heart kept men away and filling the father role in Johnathan’s life wasn’t something I was seeking to do, afraid that he would just get hurt in the long run. I’d send Johnathan off to father-son events with his grandpa or an uncle, and cheer alone at his t-ball games. And when he would ask me why he didn’t have a dad like the other kids, I would remind him that I loved him more than anything in the world and he may not have a dad but he has a grandpa, and uncles and cousins who will always be there for him. Johnathan was just too special and too precious to me, for me to settle for anything less than everything. And I was convinced that “everything” didn’t exist.

But, when I least expected it, the right guy came along and before I knew it we were standing at the altar, the three of us and that’s when this man got down to my sons level and said these words, “Johnathan, I wasn’t there when you took your first steps, but I promise I will never miss a first of anything, I love you as if you were my own, and I promise to be the best I can be to you and your mom. I will be fair and honest with you. I promise to support you in every way that I can. I promise to always be there for you whenever you need someone. Whether if it’s to be a coach, a dad, or a just a friend. Anything, and I’m serious John, anything you may need you can always come to me. I promise to take care of your mom forever. I am so thankful we are in one another’s lives. I love you bub.”

These are the promises that my husband made to Johnathan at our wedding. As I remember that day I am in awe of how much my life has changed. Only by God’s grace can things like this happen. I myself am a product of adoption. My mom had me at a young age and I have never met my real father. My mom married the man I call dad when I was almost 2 years old and he has cared for me, provided for me, and loved me since the day I met him. I have never felt unloved, or unwanted, or less than any of his other children. We are one big blended family of 7, and I would do anything, on any given day for any one of my siblings.

Ephesians 1:3-6 (the MSG) says “Long before he laid down earths foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” Just as my dad chose to love me and be a father to me, and Luke chose to be a father to Johnathan, God chose us before the foundation of the world and since it is by God’s will, his adoption of us is not a mistake at all and he chose us for a purpose. And the greatest thing is, we are adopted in grace. Undeserved, unmerited, amazing grace.

What my dad did for me and what Luke is doing for Johnathan is providing a home, safety, provision and love. What God provides for us is redemption through His blood, forgiveness of our trespasses, grace lavished upon us and a plan set forth in Christ to unite all things to Him.

We are chosen and adopted. We are loved and I am forever grateful for this moment that captures the amazing love of a man, who made a choice to love a little boy, our little boy.

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Vendor Credits:

Ceremony Site/ Reception:  The Loft, Studio D2D

Dress: Mother of the bride’s (Jenny’s Bridal 1992)

Shoes: Aldo

Misc Accessories: Headpiece – Bridal Gallery

Men’s Wear: Master DeBonair (England)

Hair/Makeup Team: Brides Hair [ Shanda VandePol at The Rouge Salon and Spa (bridesmaids) ] Makeup: Katie Marble

 DJ: Studio D2D, The Loft

Special Music: Chris Renzema “Battle Hymn of Love” (cover by Kathy Mattea)

MISC vendors who did an exceptional job: Clique Coffee and Espresso Bar, Cakabakery (wedding cake and cookies)

Food: YoChefs

Videographer: Khai Le