“Tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself – there’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” ~ Glenda the Good Witch.
Kate Pryor Lehman and Andrew Owen Thompson were married at 4o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, April 9, 2011 in the prayer chapel at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA. The elopement was officiated by none other than Kate’s own mom…….ME!
The day began early as Kate and her best friend and MOH, Liz, splurged for a pedicure. They arrived back home with beautifully manicured and polished feet and nails! Ooh La La! Then it was off to the hair stylist for the magazine hair and tiara! The makeup went quickly and then on with the wedding gown.
Kate’s gown was made of rich satin fabric that shapes the fitted bodice and drapes beautifully on the voluminous skirt. The clean and sophisticated design creates the look of modern romance. The dress was strapless and included a white sash with beaded detail. She also wore a matching short sleeve white taffeta bolero jacket over her shoulders. Kate carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea’s and mini calla lilies that were tied with white satin ribbon and pearl pins. Andy and Ryan both wore a mini calla lily boutonniere. It was just what she had dreamed of her whole life!
The groom, Andy, wore a white linen Cabana shirt and khaki linen slacks, as did Ryan, Kate’s son. Ryan also sported a little boy’s white trilby/fedora hat. And I must say he was a handsome little fellow!
We arrived at the ceremony site at the prayer chapel at Epworth by the Sea at 4pm sharp. Everyone was seated as Andy and his father stood at the alter, along with me as the officiant. Liz came in and stood at the alter, as well. At last it was time for the bride, Kate to enter. Kate was escorted on one arm by her father, Minor Pryor, and on the other arm by her 10 year old son, Ryan. They proceeded to the alter and stood before the groom.
Kate was glowing as Andy smiled at her…and I began the ceremony. It was a beautiful romantic ceremony with words of love and devotion to each other. They said their vows, they exchanged rings and committed their lives to each other by their words and by professing the same before God and witnesses. I prayed for God to bless them both that they live faithfully together and keep the vow made between them.
As tears rolled down my cheeks, I thought of how blessed we are to have the love of God in our lives. As a parent, we begin on the day our children come into this world, to pray for their happiness and for them to find a loving Christian partner for life. When this happens, it confirms our prayers are answered. God has surely blessed us all.
Andy and Kate…who knew back in 1994 that these two would end up together? You see, we were next door neighbors…they rode to school together…and they never even looked at each other.
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” ~ Dorothy
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