June 8th, 1996 in a beautiful 100 year old country church on the long back roads of South Carolina, I married the love of my life.
The man who bought my engagement ring before our first kiss, or telling me he loved me.
The man who was my answer to prayer.
My Prince Charming, David Cartwright.
That day has so many beautiful moments all woven in, so much so, it is truly unforgettable.
There were moments that that didn’t go off as planned. To my horror, all my brides maids boquetes had baby’s breath, which I explicitly did not want, with the ribbon I had given to her as an example of what I absolutely did not want!!
(I think I may be the only bride who spilled orange juice on her dress an hour before the wedding. I didn’t mind, it came out, and I even told David about it during one of the songs during our ceremony) I was so calm my grandmother, being the ultimate Southern women, said, “your so calm, what did you take this morning?” (Southern women are known to carry an assortment of “chill pills” in their pocket books).
The humidity was there along with the pesky June bugs.
But none of that mattered.
Because so were our closest friends and family, and the sweet spirit of the Lord.
Our Pastor prayed a blessing over us, right before he pronounced us man and wife.
I still get tearing reading the blessing:
David & Amy may your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring
May life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding for one another
May you always need one another, not so much to fill your emptiness, as to help you know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete, The Valley doesn’t make the mountain less, but more. The Valley is more of a valley because it has the mountain towering over it.
So let it be with each of you.
-May you want one another but not out of lack.
-May you entice one another but not compel one another
-May you embrace one another but not encircle one another
-May you succeed in all of the important ways with one another, and not fail in little graces
-May you look for things to praise and often say I love you,
-take no notice of small faults, if you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you have the good sense to take the first step back
-may you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence, no more physical than spiritual
-may you be warm and near when you are side by side and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or in distant cities,
-may you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy,
-may you have love, and may you find it loving one another.
Then after taking our hands, and praying over us, he said “you may kiss your bride”.