S: Our Wedding: Rick & Jacqueline Teachey August 6, 2011
BC: Made with love by Jacqueline
FC: Our Story
2: "For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." -Judy Garland
3: How We Met: January 2010
4: I spent several years on eHarmony looking for a wife. It was perfect for me because I found myself growing easily frustrated with conventional dating, in which I might have to go out with someone 3 or 4 times to even get an idea of her values and goals in life, much less whether or not I got along with her. Over those few years doing the online dating thing, I met lots of women, and I have to say I am impressed by the ability of eHarmony to match people. But none of the matches I ever received in all that time compares with my very last one. | HOW WE MET... (Rick's Version) | Match Made in Heaven... | Our First Date... | You know her as Jacqueline; initially I mostly knew her as "the blonde teacher from Chicago." But from the very beginning, I could tell by her profile and initial communications that this was a woman I would like to get to know - and quickly. I tried several times to meet her, but being the busy lady that she is, it took us several months to finally work out a time. In the meantime I made plans to learn to swing dance because of her interest in it. | When Jax walked into that restaurant, I was immediately attracted to her. I had seen her pictures, but nothing I had seen up to that point had prepared me to see this blonde beauty stride through the door. I immediately resolved to send her flowers the next day. During our conversation we found we shared many interests other than our faith, which we knew from earlier communications. I will quote from the email I sent to some friends afterward: jacqueline eaton. from chicago. teaches high school english and theater in lexington. graduated from uk. hates running and cold weather. loves seinfeld. libertarian- leaning conservative. wants kids and all that. fun. extremely hot.
5: Our first official date was January 10, 2010 at a quaint Italian restaurant called Giuseppe's. He was so nervous, but we had a good time and really enjoyed getting to know one another further. I knew he was smitten because the very next day he sent me a dozen red roses at work - the secretary walked into my classroom and completely shocked me! The day after that, he sent a single rose with a card attached to it that read "Please accept this as a token of my affection... I would like to see you again tomorrow night... Would you be so kind as to favor me with your company on Wednesday for an evening of ice skating?" | HOW WE MET... (Jax's Version) | Match Made in Heaven... | Our First Date... | After 2 months, I was matched with a wonderful man named Rick Teachey. Being an English teacher, I was particularly impressed with the way his witty sense of humor shines through his writing. Our communication was kind of slow at first - we were both busy with jobs and school - but by Christmastime we decided that we wanted to meet. | I joined eHarmony on July 4, 2009 after attending a party where I was literally the only single person there. I had never done online dating before, but I decided to give it a shot. I tend to have a rather shy personality, and going to singles groups or bars crammed with people is not my thing. I thought eHarmony might be a better way for me to meet someone because I tend to be less shy in my writing. Plus, I like how you get all of the basics (like religion, values, ideas about family, etc.) out of the way.
6: Her Version... | Jacqueline's First Impressions After he sent me flowers at work, Rick and I made plans for later that week... but my brother called me an hour before Rick was supposed to pick me up to let me know he was in town (Chris was supposed to come the following night, but decided to show up early. Because he had just gotten back from Iraq, I couldn't say no to him!). It broke my heart to call Rick and cancel because I knew he would think I was making up an excuse not to see him. It's become a joke between us now-every year for our anniversary my brother promises to call and interrupt us all day long, for tradition's sake!
7: Rick and I officially became a couple on February 10, 2010. We have fallen in love, and I feel like the most blessed woman in the world to have an amazing, sweet, honest, strong, intelligent, Godly, caring man with such integrity. I know I have met the man who is my perfect match: he is strong where I am weak, I am strong where he is weak. We connect emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. I can't wait to be his wife! Thank you, eHarmony, for matching us. But greater than that, I thank God for bringing us together and blessing us beyond anything we could ask or imagine. I, no doubt, have found "the one whom my soul loves," (Song of Solomon 3:4).
8: His Version... | Rick's First Impressions I am not given to bouts of egregious self-doubt, but when Jax called me about an hour before our date- while I was pumping gas and buying her flowers, mind you- to let me know her brother and his wife were in town and she had to cancel, I immediately assumed the worst. Of course today I know that she would never make anything like that up and she would have been much more likely to call and say " Sorry buddy, better luck next time." It took me awhile after that to figure out whether or not she was interested in me. (I am a bit slow.) But we continued seeing each other, and I made sure that it was clear on my end - through cards, invites to different activities, etc. - that I was very interested. She got the message.
9: I fell in love with Jax faster than I ever thought possible. The similarities and differences in our interests, conversations, values, backgrounds, and faith weave together to create an incredibly strong bond between us. She is my best friend. I am so grateful for all of the things in my life - pleasant and difficult - that brought us together. Thank you, eHarmony, for facilitating our coming together, and thank you, sovereign Lord God above, for orchestrating our lives in such a way that we would meet, fall in love, and spend our lives together. We are truly privileged to receive the gift of coming together as "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).
10: R & J
11: The Proposal | Rick proposed to Jacqueline at a Saturday night swing dance event hosted by the Hepcats at the Lexington Arthur Murray dance studio on March 26th, 2011.
12: Rick's Story... | I have to say, I am pretty proud of how this turned out. Having spent the previous month intentionally deceiving the woman of my dreams into thinking I would not propose for a few more weeks, I was not sure if my misdirection had been successful. As the lights came up after we finished dancing to "You Never Can Tell" by Chuck Berry (the DJ had been notified of the proposal plan), I looked into her eyes and I knew she had no idea what was about to happen. People have been curious whether or not I felt nervous. I definitely didn't feel nervous, but a couple hours prior to the proposal Jax noticed that my right eye had started to look irritated and bloodshot! I think the pressure of carrying the ring around in my pocket for 8 days had begun to take its toll on me because within minutes of relinquishing the ring to her, Jax commented, "Your eye has cleared up." Other than keeping it a secret, my main goal for the proposal was to simply give Jax a special memory she would be able to enjoy for the rest of her life. You will have to read her account to see if I succeeded.
13: Jacqueline's Story... | One of my best friends once said to me "The happiest I have ever seen you has always been when you are dancing." That is so true, and this night is definitely the most special "dancing moment" I've ever had! Everyone asked me afterwards, "Did you know?!" and I can honestly say that I had NO CLUE! We had gone to look at rings and he'd asked my dad for my hand, so I knew it was coming.... but I didn't think he would ask until April. I had made up my mind not to anticipate anything, so I ignored some of the most obvious clues: 1) He'd gotten his hair cut a couple days before that Hepcats event. 2) I could swear one night he took a ring box out and laid it on my kitchen counter! 3) His friends decided they wanted to learn how to dance (???). 4) He asked me several times what I was going to wear to the dance. When I told him I was planning to wear jeans, he encouraged me to wear one of my swishy skirts because "You love dancing in your skirts!" 5) The day of, he asked if there was a particular song I wanted Mike (the DJ) to play that night. Basically, it was perfect. What means the most to me is he spent a LOT of time trying to figure out exactly the kind of proposal I would want. As his dad said: he studied me. It was beautiful, romantic, and sweet.... and that is why I said, "Absolutely!"
14: "I have found the one whom my soul loves." -Song of Songs 3:4
16: Pre-Wedding Fun! | Bridal Shower hosted by "the aunts" | July 2, 2011 River Forest, Illinois | Bridal Shower hosted by the Waters ladies | June 18, 2011 Lexington, Kentucky
17: Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties!
18: WEDDING REHEARSAL
20: Proud to be a simple Kentucky boy, Ricky grew up in Lexington and went to The Lexington Christian Academy, where he excelled in the parts of school where you get to use the left side of your brain. After graduating high school he spent a few semesters at Asbury College, but found he wasn't quite ready for that stage of life. He took some time off to do Christian missions with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). While with YWAM he had the opportunity to travel to China and Israel and all over the United States, sharing the love of Christ with a hurting world. After his time with YWAM ended he returned to school, this time to the University of Kentucky where he completed a degree in civil engineering. | Get to know the Groom-to-be... | Ricky Lee Teachey, Jr. | Ricky is currently finishing his masters thesis in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering. For those who don't know (which is probably most of you!): geotechnical engineering is the application of engineering principles to soil, rocks, groundwater, and anything else you might find below your feet. Geotech engineers work on things like dams, earthen walls, slopes and embankments, tunnels, landfills, building foundations, and earthquake mitigation.
21: FUN FACTS ABOUT RICKY: His favorite drink is Ale8one, a soft drink only available in Kentucky. Ricky is crossing his fingers that there might be some at the wedding. One of Ricky's favorite things these days is to try new beers, one of the great pleasures in life. His favorite is currently Kentucky Ale, but he is partial to Belgian style ales. Ricky is a serious technology lover. He is always on Twitter or Facebook or email, or reading up on the latest gadgets, and one of his favorite things to do is work on computers and computer-ish things and make them do things they weren't originally meant to do. People who have known Ricky for a long time might find this one surprising: he has discovered that he really enjoys dancing! So far he only knows Lindy Hop, some Blues, and even less Shag, but he plans to get very good before the wedding arrives, so watch out, baby! Ricky wants to learn a little bit about everything, and really enjoys a good discussion on almost any topic whether it is theology, politics, technology, the differences between men and women and relationships, movies, or anything else that happens to strike his fancy. He loves to listen to talk radio. His favorite host by far is Dennis Prager, but he also enjoys Hugh Hewitt, and yes, Rush Limbaugh. And Ricky really enjoys how much that annoys some people. It's probably bad for him. His two front teeth have been knocked out on two separate occasions. Micah 6:8 is Ricky's life verse, and he wants more than anything in life to be known as a good, just, merciful, and humble man. Finally, his greatest need is to be understood, and his favorite thing is making people laugh.
22: Jacqueline grew up in River Forest, a suburb just west of Chicago - the greatest city on earth! Her favorite childhood memories are the summers she and her family spent at their summer home, The Farm. She grew up living in the same house her entire life. As a kid Jackie's hobbies were competing in gymnastics and listening to Hank the Cowdog books on tape, but these hobbies have since evolved into competing in dance and listening to podcasts like The Ultimate Issues Hour and The Adam Carolla Show. She attended Oak Park River Forest High School (class of 2000!), where she directed the majority of her energy toward Drill Team (OPRF's dance team) and Allied Force (her church's youth group). After high school she chose to attend her parents' alma mater - the University of Kentucky - where she majored in English and theatre. She then went on to earn a Masters degree in Secondary Education. | Get to know the Bride-to-be... | Jacqueline Wells Eaton | In-between college and grad school, Jax spent a year working in Ireland at An Tobar Nua, a ministry in Galway that reaches out to young people. Though she loved Éire and the Irish people, after her internship she moved back to where her heart has always been: Kentucky. Three years later she met Rick on eHarmony! She is now a 4th year high school English and drama teacher in Lexington.
23: FUN FACTS ABOUT JAX: She LOVES to dance. Seriously. Get ready for a fun reception! As a kid it was dancing to the Thriller album, as a teenager it was Drill Team, and as an adult it is swing dancing (more specifically Lindy). Her latest "thing" has been to choreograph musicals for high schools and community theaters in Lexington. Recent shows include: Seussical the Musical (which she directed and choreographed) at Tates Creek High School, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant at Actor's Guild, and at Studio Players she did The Marvelous Wonderettes and (currently) Forever Plaid! Though she grew up in Chicago (and loved it!), she proudly bleeds blue. Perhaps it's because her father brainwashed her at a young age by throwing "Louisville Sucks" parties and dressing her in everything UK! She is performing in a play this summer at Actors Guild called Belle Brezing, which is a show about the real life madame that the Gone with the Wind character Belle Watling was based on. She is an old-fashioned girl: she loves - LOVES! - to send and receive letters. Not emails. Not texts. Real pen-and-paper, sent-in-the-mail letters. "Be Thou My Vision" is her absolute favorite hymn and her "life song." Her passions in life are to mentor young people and to be a mom. While she doesn't plan to continue teaching once children enter the picture, she hopes to mentor in other ways throughout her life. Her "life verse" in this manner would be Titus 2:3-5: "Older women must be teachers of right behavior, and show younger women how they should love their husbands and love their children, how they must be sensible and pure....so that the message of God is not disgraced." The most important thing she wants you to know about her is that she is a work in progress: any good you see in her is a direct result of Jesus Christ working in her life.
24: Valerie Seminaro Val is Jacqueline's younger sister. She lives down in Florida with her husband, Anthony, and their baby boy, Briggs (who will be the honorary ring bearer!). She graduated from Cornerstone University and is currently a tutor and a full-time wife and mom. She is a wonder woman - an amazing wife, a fantastic mother, and the best Scrabble player outside of Aunt Sandy and Auntie Jean I've ever seen! Words can't express how much Jacqueline loves and admires her sister: Val is Jacqueline's best friend and someone she looks up to. | Get to know the Bride's Attendants... | Anna Dierenfeld Jackie's best friend from high school, Anna and she actually met in junior high but Jax was too cool. Somehow they ended up as accountability partners. Together they experienced singing on the worship team in youth group (Allied Force), Prom, trips to Mexico and Haiti, SEMP, sleepovers, weekends at the Farm, and youth retreats. They have always joked that Jax would marry the male version of Anna, which she definitely is! Anna lives in Chicago with her husband Dan - she's a nurse at a local hospital. Her hobbies include finding new adventures in Chicago, decorating her gorgeous new house, and hosting ugly sweater parties. She is awesome! | Michelle Cravens Michelle is a friend of Jacqueline's and she is Rick's good friend from childhood. They became buds on a youth group trip - she was a little kid tagging along (she's a few years younger than him), and he spent the whole van ride talking to her and playing rock-paper-scissors because he was that nice (aw!). They've been friends ever since. She was his sounding board while Rick was dating Jacqueline, and she was instrumental in putting together the whole "proposal plan." She went to Taylor University and spent a semester working in Ireland at the same place Jax did! She lives in Lexington and is currently in grad school getting a degree in social work. We love her! | Callie Eaton Just like her cousin Jackie, Callie is a Kentucky girl at heart! Don't let her shy demeanor fool you: she is a bright, energetic girl with a smile that will melt your heart (the Eaton women just have that way with people!). Callie is 6 years old (almost 7!) She loves tennis, ballet, horse-back riding, gymnastics, and anything else she can get her mom to take her to. When she grows up, she wants to be an astronaut or a scientist of some kind. It's impossible not to fall in love with this girl!
25: Greg Helenburg Greg and Ricky grew up on the same street. Ricky's mom made him invite Greg to church once in 7th grade, and the rest is history. God knew that Ricky needed Greg in his life because he is Ricky's total opposite- he is always looking for a new adventure, from unplanned road trips to MN, to serving on staff with YouthWorks, to missions training schools with YWAM, to serving with the USAF, Greg has been all over the country and the world in one capacity or another. He is currently finishing his studies in ministry at Bethel University, and he still harbors a secret plot to either A) take over the world or B) start a ministry in Chicago and have Ricky be his right-hand man. | Get to know the Groom's Attendants... | Josh Paris Ricky first knew Josh as "that dude" who was interested in one of his friends, but today Josh's relationship with Ricky can be summarized in one simple, beautiful phrase: "Dunkin. Freakin. Donuts" (well, that or "Otis Nixon"). Much time was spent (wasted?) at DD, but because of Josh, they rarely had to actually pay for anything! Aside from getting free food, Josh is also the master of all things home improvement: if you need it done, Josh can do it. You couldn't ask for a more loyal buddy, but fair warning: if you find yourself at his table during dinner, he may con you out of your food. | Peter Suderman Peter and Ricky went to college together at Asbury. They met in their TAG group, a group of ready-made friends for new freshmen. They lived on the same hall, and Ricky spent a lot of time sleeping on Peter's couch and watching his movies. After college Peter moved to Washington, D.C. intending to start a career in journalism. Initially reviewing movies and blogging, over time Peter got his name out there and networked his way into freelance work and various journalism jobs, including working for Competitive Enterprise Institute and National Review. Today he is an associate editor of Reason Magazine and lives with his wife in Washington, D.C. | Josh Teachey This is Josh, Ricky's little brother... though he isn't so little anymore! He is going into his senior year of high school, after which he plans to become a police officer or a weather man (he can't decide!). Josh volunteers on a regular basis at a homeless shelter in downtown Lexington. He recently got his drivers license and stays busy driving around the town and enjoying his freedom. | Briggs Seminaro Briggs is Jacqueline's nephew and godson. He has no clue about his future career plans, but from what we can tell he is definitely a White Sox fan. He has not quite mastered the art of walking, but he is undergoing a rigorous exercise program in order to get in shape in time to toddle down the aisle. If not, we'll roll him on a skateboard.
27: Our Wedding | August 6, 2011
29: Getting Ready...
37: The Details
39: First Look
41: The Bride
43: The Groom
45: The Ceremony...
49: Grandmothers of the bride & groom
50: Mothers of the bride & groom
54: Here comes the bride...
55: "A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men." -Gregory E. Lang
58: "Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts." -William Shakespeare
60: Steve Dunne | Micah 6:8 | Susan Curry | Ephesians 5:21-33 | Sandy Briggs | Deuteronomy 11:18-21 | "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." -Daniel 12:3
61: What is required of me: Micah 6:8 - "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." We chose to have this verse read in our wedding because it focuses on the responsibility of the individual. Before we can have a good marriage, we each have to work on ourselves. This is Rick's life verse. To act justly is to have integrity, to love mercy is to have tenderness toward others, and to walk humbly is to have respect for God's sovereignty - God is the author of life and we are called to honor Him with ours. What is required of my marriage: Ephesians 5:21-33 - "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ...." It may be a shock that we would have this verse read at our wedding - isn't the idea of "submitting" offensive and degrading to women? My (Jacqueline's) answer is absolutely not! I believe this passage is vital in order to understand the role of husband and wife in the family unit. The first verse summarizes the | Our Life Verses
62: whole passage: submit to one another in reverence for God. Our culture tends to miss this point: Yes, the husband is to be head of the family and I, Jacqueline, am called to submit to him, but it is a mutual submission. My husband has to put his desires aside and do what is best for his family. He's not just in charge of the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of his family, he is required to metaphorically DIE for his wife and her needs. What is required of my family: Deuteronomy 11:18-21 - "Let these words of mine remain in your heart and in your soul; fasten them on your hand as a sign and on your forehead as a headband. Teach them to your children, and keep on telling them.... Write them on the door-posts of your house and on your gates, so that you and your children may live long..." This may sound crazy, but we LOVE the law of God. God put his laws in place to protect us from the natural consequences of sin. This verse commands us to carry His law as a daily reminder of His goodness to us. We want God to be the center of our family life, and we will encourage our children to pursue God on their own through prayer, worship, and service of others. As a family unit, we will remember all that He's done for us personally, and we'll wear His law as a banner to pass on to the next generation.
63: THE VOWS
64: “I, Ricky, take you, Jacqueline, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward: for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I vow to love and cherish you alone as my wife until death do us part.”
65: “I, Jacqueline, take you, Ricky, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward: for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I vow to respect and esteem you as my husband until death do us part.”
66: MAGICAL MOMENTS
68: Lighting of the unity candle: Bethany Paris playing and singing "Be Thou My Vision."
70: Be Thou My Vision | Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight; Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight; Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower: Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art. High King of Heaven, my victory won, May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
72: "Marriage is the closest thing we have to magic." -Ricky L. Teachey, Jr.
75: "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." -1 Corinthians 13
77: Man & Wife...
79: AUGUST 6, 2011 | RICKY & JACQUELINE
86: 1) To have a marriage that will be a light in a world that is exceedingly cynical about purity and love. Ephesians 5 is an important chapter to both of us, because God has commanded us to put the needs of others before our own. In a world that focuses so much on "My Rights," we want to have a marriage that embodies Christ's selfless love by submitting to the needs of each other. (And as author and radio host Dennis Prager argues: a good marriage is the ultimate, beautiful fulfillment of God's commandment to love the stranger - for who is a greater stranger to us than the opposite sex?) We began working on this from the first date, and have continued to pursue a pure relationship that respects God's boundaries for intimacy. | Our Dreams | One dream that instantly connected Rick and me is the dream to marry and have a family. It became clear to both of us in the fall of 2010 that God was leading us to serve Him together. With that in mind, the dreams we have for the future include:
87: 2) To have a family whose core values reflect that of Christ's: Love the stranger. In Leviticus 19, God commands the Israelites to both "love your neighbor as yourself" and "love the stranger." Jesus repeats this in the New Testament, saying that loving the stranger/neighbor is the second greatest commandment. Loving the stranger means putting others before yourself, even if those "strangers" are difficult to love. We want to emulate Christ in our selfless devotion to each other and to the people God puts in our family's path. (And don't tell our future children, but we both really want girls! 3? 4? 5? We're not sure, but we know we want a big family and have even considered adopting or being foster parents, too.) 3) To give generously with gratitude and humility. We want to live in a way that allows us to give. We realize this means sacrificing certain luxuries, but we strongly believe that a generous heart leads to a blessed life, no matter how little one has to begin with.
88: BRIDAL PARTY
89: "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was that I had such friends." -William Butler Yeats
90: "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
91: Michelle | Bridesmaids | Matron of Honor: Valerie | Anna
92: "We will laugh at the odds and live life so hard, and well, that death will tremble to take us!" - Charles Bukowski
93: Josh T. | Groomsmen | Peter | Best Man: Greg | Josh P.
94: The Ring Bearer: Briggs Seminaro
95: The Flower Girl: Callie Eaton
97: The Ushers: Chris & Tom
98: The Eaton Family Robert, Anthony, Briggs, Valerie, Claudia, Jeff, Jackie, Rick, Chris, Logan, Callie, Clara, Laura | The Briggs Family Valerie, Anthony, Briggs, Carlotta, David, Jane, Claudia, Jeff, Jackie, Pete Jr., Rick, Derek, Sandy, Valerie, David, Chris, Kim, Pete Sr.
99: The Brown Family Cheri, Michelle, Garrett, Gavin, Rick Sr., Cindy, Jacqueline, Ricky, Heather, Jon, Marcia, Riley, Chelsea, Merle, Arleta, Amanda, Alvaro | The TeacheyFamily Jolene, Ben, Danieth, Gordy, Heather, Travis, Cindy, Rick Sr., Jacqueline, Ricky, Danny, Erin, Lincoln, Lin, Cindy, Peggy, Grant, Lucy
100: The WagnerFamily Kim, Connie, Josh, Jacqueline, Ricky, Jennifer, Eric, Heather
103: The Reception...
108: The Father of the Bride's Speech | On behalf of my wife, Claudia, and myself, welcome to Jacqueline and Rick’s wedding and reception. Jacqueline, or Jackie, as she is known to her family, asserted herself at a very early age. When she was about 3 years old, on a very cold Chicago winter morning, Claudia and I wrapped her up in a heavy coat and a stocking cap that covered everything but her eyes, and then started to drive up to Milwaukee to visit Claudia’s great aunt. Jackie was in her baby seat, facing the front of the car. I pulled out of the driveway, and began flipping through different radio stations as we drove. After a few minutes, as I continued to search the radio channels, I heard this little voice say-“I was listening to that.” I looked at Claudia and said “Did you say something?” She said no, and we both turned to look in the back, and saw Jackie looking directly at us, outraged that I had changed the song she was listening to. It was the first time that I really understood that she was a completely unique person with her own tastes and opinions. Three or four years later, Jackie asked me about my day at work, and I told her that I was a little worried about this case that I was going to try before a jury. I asked her if she ever worried about anything, and she told me no, because she would always have her blondey-blonde hair. As Jackie grew older she loved to watch TV shows like “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons,” and then she really began to annoy me when she started asking why we didn’t pray at dinner like the Waltons did. I was a dedicated agnostic at the time, and I always told her to ask her mother because I didn’t want to be bothered with religious
109: questions. Little did I know that God was using my beautiful little daughter to open my eyes to the wonder and awe of a living God and the grace and majesty of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Rick, Claudia and I have been praying for years for Jacqueline to meet and marry a man like you. Being from Kentucky, I’ve always had man to man talks with any boy or man who came to the house who was interested in one of my daughters. These talks are not for the faint of heart and they are designed to run off weak, insincere guys who aren’t worthy of our daughters. Rick passed the test twice-once, on the night I first met him, and the second time, when he asked for Jacqueline’s hand in marriage. Rick, we welcome you into our family with joy. And now, I’d like to propose a toast to Rick and Jacqueline: May God bless and keep you. May you see your children’s children. And may you always have the courage of your love for each other.
113: Good morning, my name is Valerie Seminaro and I am Jackie's little sister. In [light] of being a mother of a little baby and listening to many nursery rhymes, I wrote a rhyming toast: First I'd like to say Thank you all for coming today. If you, like me, traveled many miles, The Teachey and Eaton families are full of smiles. The wedding ceremony was a wonderful celebration Of Jackie and Rick's marriage proclamation. To Jackie, my big sister I'm so happy you've finally found your Mister, Who will love you and cherish you as you deserve And share life with you through all the swerves. When we were little I watched you take most of life's “firsts” Until I turned twenty years old and our roles as sisters were reversed. I was the first in our family to marry and have my son Briggs Now it's my turn to share advice on marriage, love, and the family thingamajigs. Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize that they were worth more. Always kiss and make up before going to bed, Learn this now and you'll stay happily wed. Keep your marriage centered on Christ And realize sometimes your desires must be sacrificed. Jackie, know that I'm always here for you You're a beautiful bride and I love you. I welcome to our family Rick Whom I think will fit in quick. I love you both and wish you all the best In marriage, love, and life you will be blessed. So now it's time for the masses To please lift up your glasses, Cheers to the bride and groom May your love for each other always be in full bloom. | The Matron of Honor's Speech
115: "THE SPEECH I COULDN'T GET OUT" I know I got a chance to share a little bit during my toast at your wedding but I got choked up and never got to finish. I wanted to thank you for being such a great friend. You were the one that stayed by my side and answered questions for me in the early years of me going to church. We were always able to have good discussions about God and life (though many outsiders would have probably assumed we were in a heated argument) and able to walk away understanding one another's view better and even in times agreeing to disagree (all over Taco Bell or Denny's). We have fought over when you should wake up to hang out, women, and even if we should go on a road trip or not. Our adventures together have been just that, an adventure. Neither one of us knowing where we were necessarily going, what we were going to do when we got there, and mostly decided within the past hour. We have also been on adventures away from one another and yet we still keep in contact, listen to one another's struggles, share in each other's discoveries, celebrate new and exciting things, and just sit and have a beer and enjoy one another's company. You sir, have been Jesus in my life. While I know I have let you down and disappointed you through some of my actions, you never left me and you never stopped loving me or being my friend. I honestly and sincerely have no idea where I would be in life if you weren't in my life. If I were able to get this out at the reception I would have added that your love and dedication and steadfastness is something to be celebrated and if you are willing to be Jesus to me, then your love and commitment to Jacqueline is going to be so much stronger, greater, special, and filled with unimaginable love. I am so excited to celebrate with you yet another endeavor in life and I am super excited to see how God uses you within this marriage as you will both bless one another. Here, I would toast to you and tell you both how much I love you and how excited I am to have Jacqueline in our family and odd couple relationship. I love you, Ricky! Thanks for being such a great friend! And congratulations once again on your marriage! | The Best Man's Speech
118: First Dance...
119: “To be fond of dancing [is] a certain step towards falling in love.” -Jane Austen
124: "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde
128: “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” -Franz Schubert | “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” -Genesis 2:24
129: Mr. & Mrs.
131: HAPPILY EVER AFTER...
132: EVERY Love Story IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT OURS IS MY FAVORITE. | The week after our wedding, Rick took me to a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Bardstown, Kentucky...
133: ... Then, in October, we went on our honeymoon: a cruise to the Caribbean!
134: RICK | JACQUELINE | 8.6.11 | LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
135: May the Lord form your character with every trial. May your heart for others mirror His. May you have the courage to live a life of integrity, the humility to focus on your obligations, the gratitude to love the stranger with a servant's heart, the strength to hold your emotions captive, and the wisdom to treasure God's Law. Then, at last, when the final chapters of your life are written, May Christ say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” -Written by Jacqueline W. Teachey | A Teachey Family Blessing
137: HAPPILY EVER AFTER... | "Thank you for being rash enough to marry me, foolish enough to stay with me, and for loving me in a way I never thought I'd be loved." -Winston Churchill to his wife