S: The Story of George William and Wendi Lorene Campbell
BC: You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss
FC: Wendi and George Campbell | 10.19.2011
1: It all started because two people fell in love.
2: Old - A beautiful embroidered handkerchief carried by my dear friend Julie's Mom on her Wedding Day New - The Dress Borrowed - The barrette on my veil borrowed from Miss Leah (this was the third wedding for it) Blue - My toenails | It's all about the dress, the shoes and the flowers!
4: George getting ready for the biggest day of his life.. | When you love someone, all of your saved-up wishes start coming out. Elizabeth Bowen
5: The prayer of the nervous bride - Please Lord, let it zip! | The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. Maulana Jalalu’d din Rumi
6: Love is always bestowed as a gift - | freely, willingly and without expectation. | We don't love to be loved; | We love to love. Leo Buscaglia
7: The first look. It was the moment we had waited for. This was love at first sight, love everlasting; a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected. Thomas Mann
8: We, and all of our guests traveled by Pedi-Cab to the Space Needle.
9: The weather was perfect for October in Seattle - no rain and a little Sunshine.
10: There's no good story without romance. Stephanie Meyer
11: This was our horse-drawn carriage...we were making our fairy-tale come true.
13: The handsome (and nervous) Groom.
15: The flowers were beautiful. Red symbolizing love and a sprig of Lily of the Valley in honor of Wendi's Nanny.
17: 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
18: Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
19: Our first date was in Seattle, but we never had time to get to the Space Needle. This was our first time visiting the Space Needle, and what a memory!
21: To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
22: The only sure prediction In this whole world was you. Maya Angelou | I could not tell fact from fiction Or if my dream was true.
24: Once in awhile, Right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairy tale. Anonymous
25: Love is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
29: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu
33: FAITH | FAMILY | FRIENDS | LOVE
36: Some of those who know us best. Bri, Dawn, Julie, James, Greg, Christopher, Tina, Rissie, Chris and Noah | And this was our Wedding Party
41: We are family. | When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. Joyce Brothers
42: Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing. Donna Hedges | Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. Anthony Brandt
47: There are so many people who played a role in our wedding - we thank you all for pulling it together and helping to make it perfect and full of love, friends and family. | The Bridal Party: Matron of Honor - Julie Christianson Bridesmaid - Dawn Vidovich Bridesmaid - Bri Jones Flower Girl - Tina Vidovich Flower Girl - Rissie Amend Ring Bearer - Chris Vidovich Groomsman - Christopher Gosnell Groomsman - Greg Campbell Best Man - James Campbell Faith Speaker - Laura Cox Hope Speaker - Leah Cochran Love Speaker - Melody Cox Noah Topping - He walked his Momma down the aisle
49: Pastor looks a little more worried than the Groom!
51: And the Mom's were all seated. Wendi's Mom was seated by her son Christopher George's Mom was seated by her husband Greg Miss Inez, who is like a Mom to Wendi, was seated by George's Brother James
52: The Bridal Party walked down the aisle to Friends performed by Michael W. Smith And friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them...
54: We'll keep you close as always...it won't even seem you've gone....
56: Noah was such a great boy. He walked his Momma down the aisle. He didn't give her away, instead he helped to create a wonderful family.
57: Wendi walked down the aisle to Bless the Broken Road performed by Selah
59: The Sand Ceremony representing our joined family.
60: The Sand Ceremony Red at the base represented Christ in our Home. Chocolate Brown for George Pale Pink for Wendi Blue for Noah Aqua representing Faith Tangerine representing Hope Ivory representing Love Topped with a mixture of Chocolate and Pink representing the blending of us
62: The First Kiss as Husband and Wife!
64: We walked down the aisle together as Husband and Wife to Everything performed by Michael Buble
66: It's official! | Everyone signed! | Who knew!
67: George chose Wendi's ring and it is beautiful. George's ring belonged to his Grandfather on his Dad's side, making it so special.
68: Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of God to witness the joining together of this man and this woman in holy matrimony. The sacred relationship of marriage was established by God in the garden of Eden. Prayer Please be Seated The Giving of The Bride Who gives this woman to be married to this man? Declaration and Consent George, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife to live together after God’s ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony. Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keep you unto her so long as you both shall live? Wendi, Will you have this man to be your wedded husband to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony, will you love, honor , and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep you only unto him, so long as you both shall live? Scripture Reading 1 Cor. 13; 4-8 love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, does not take in account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; bears all the things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. “Love never fails”
69: Sand Ceremony Wendi and George, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other and honor Noah as well. Your family relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these individual containers of sand; and the combining of them as well. As I pour the foundation of sand, let it represent the presence of Christ in your lives and the promise you make to build this marriage upon Him. George and Wendi you have made the promise to draw nearer to God, and in doing so, you will draw nearer to one another. This sand that you, George, will pour represents you, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour your sand. This sand that you, Wendi, will pour represents you, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Please pour your sand. Noah, will you please come forward. There is a child who will share in this marriage; Noah. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon Noah. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between Noah, George and Wendi. Please pour your sand. Marriage must have elements of Faith, Hope and Love. Laura, will you please come forward and pour the sand symbolizing Faith. Leah, will you please come forward and pour the sand symbolizing Hope. Melody, will you please come forward and pour the sand symbolizing Love. George, Wendi and Noah - as you each hold your remaining sand, the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of yourselves into one family. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage and your family be.
70: Pastor's Words on Marriage Words to Wendi from George Words to George from Wendi Vows George, repeat after me. Wendi, as we stand before both God and man making public our commitment to one another, I wish to make it known that I recognize God's authority over my life which is exercised from His loving heart. I recognize that He has blessed me, and entrusted to me your life as an unearned gift. In recognition of these things, I, George, take you, Wendi, to be my wife. I purpose to love you with His love, to provide for your needs through His enablement, and to lead you as He leads me, as long as He gives me life, regardless of circumstances. Toward that end I promise to allow God to use you in my life as He sees best in building me into His person. I thank Him for your love and friendship.
71: Wendi, repeat after me. I Wendi, take you, George, to be my husband. With the greatest joy I come into my new life with you. Today I am reminded of James l:17 which says "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Besides the gift of salvation, you and Noah are the most precious gifts God has given me. I know that along with the new joys God has given me, I face new responsibilities that I cannot fulfill in my own strength. But by God's grace and power working within me, I desire to be trustworthy as your wife, to serve and love you in all circumstances, to obey you, to allow God to use you to build His qualities in me, as long as God give us life on this earth. I praise God continually for you, George, and for your love and friendship. Family and Friend Vows Marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together. In this ceremony, they dedicate themselves to the happiness and well-being of each other, in a union of mutual caring and responsibility. Therefore, it is all the more important that those of you here with George and Wendi may stand as witnesses to the happiness which they have found together, and to the promises they have made to each other. As they join their lives in marriage, they also bring you together in a new relationship, creating new bonds of trust and ties of affection. Will all of you by God’s grace, do everything in your power to preserve this marriage? Will all of you, who have supported these two in friendship and love, now bestow your blessing upon them? If so please show them your support by saying, "We will".
72: Exchange of Rings Though small in size these rings are very large in significance. Made of precious metal they remind us that love is neither cheap nor common, indeed love may cost us dearly. Made in a circle their design tells us that love must never come to an end, we must keep it continuous. As you wear these rings whether together or apart for a moment, may they be constant reminders of these glad promises you are making today. George, repeat after me. I George, give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, with all that I am and all that I have I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Wendi, repeat after me. I Wendi, give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Hand Ceremony Wendi and George, please face each other and take each other’s hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
73: These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold Noah and any other children the Lord may bring your way. These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. Noah please come up and join your Mom and George. Noah, please hold your Mom and George's hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of your Mom and George, strong and full of love for you, that you are holding on their wedding day, as they promise to love each other and to love you today, tomorrow, and all the days of your life. These are the hands that have chosen each other and have also chosen you that you may all join together as one family. Noah, George is asking that you be a part of his life forever, to love you as a father loves his children, not to replace your dad, but to love you with a father’s lasting commitment and love. These are the hands that will care for you and make your home a haven, where trust, love and laughter are abundant.
74: These are the hands that will be there to hug you when you need support, comfort you when you are sick, and cheer for you as you accomplish your goals. These are the hands that will wave goodbye to you as you someday leave to begin your life on your own and these are the hands that will welcome you home as you return. These hands are to be honored and respected and not taken for granted as they will serve you long and hard with a love that only a parent can give. Now, Wendi and George, please hold Noah's hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you. These are the hands of Noah that you are holding on your wedding day, a gift from God. These are the hands that will love and respect you all the days of your life. These are the hands that will fill your life with laughter and make you proud that you are his parents. These are the hands that will share in making your house a home filled with happiness. These are the hands that will often challenge you as they search for independence, but will always respect you as they grow into maturity. These are the hands that will reach to you for guidance and will honor you by growing into a respectful and caring adult. These are the hands that will learn to parent from you. These are the hands that will care for you when you are old and let you know that you have not been forgotten. These six hands represent a family that has come together as an unexpected blessing from God. This family places its trust in God and will continue to grow in His Love.
75: Blessing and Prayer Pronouncement of Marriage Now that George and Wendi have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, before us and before God as witnesses, and have shown their affection and trust by the giving and receiving of rings and joining hands I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Therefore what God has joined together let no man separate” You May Kiss the Bride It is my privilege to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Campbell
76: The Menu Hors d’Oeuvres: Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Pancetta Wrapped Sea Scallops Artisan and Domestic Cheeses Dinner: Field Greens Salad Seasonal Fruit Tray Radiatori Pasta Salad Hearth Baked Rolls Alder Smoked Prime Rib of Beef Grilled Wild Salmon Pan Roasted Jidori Chicken Breast Seasonal Vegetables Hand Made Gnocchi
77: It was funny as we made our way to eat dinner. We had arranged for a special table for the younger ones, and a separate menu. They were served plated dinners of chicken strips, french fries, fresh fruit and soda or milk. We over-heard two of the boys talking to each other about how cool it was that they were served by waiters and they didn't even have to pay for it! Everything was perfect - the food was delicious and the company was even better. At the end of the night all of the remaining food was packaged and delivered to a local shelter.
80: The song Like the Rain performed by Clint Black played while we cut our cake
81: We cut our cake and enjoyed the taste | Our family and friends had the choice of many different desserts...and they all were eaten!
82: We shared our First Dance. We danced to At Last performed by Etta James (We even took dance lessons and we did pretty well...even though George had to remind Wendi many times to let him lead!)
83: Wendi shared a dance with Noah to Return to Pooh Corner performed by Kenny Loggins George and his Mom shared a dance to All to You performed by DJ Keo
86: We chose to have a "Wish Tree" rather than a guest book. The idea was for our guests to share a wish with us, and for us. We must not have explained it well, as this was Noah's wish!
88: There was so much love in the room. We could not have asked for anything more from our family and friends.
93: Everyone enjoyed time for dancing. It was such an eclectic group...and yet we all came together and shared the moment.
95: The Chicken Dance! | Funny thing was, it was only Wendi's friends and Wendi doing The Chicken Dance...
97: The final moment of the evening. Everyone who was still there came together for a picture and a group dance. We gathered in a circle and danced together, cried together and shared laughter to That's What Friends are For performed by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder