There is always an element of excitement in the air when it comes to weddings—whether for the couple themselves or for the guests attending it. The dream of nearly every girl is to grow up and one day be a beautiful bride. How fitting it is that the church is also compared to a bride adorned for her husband. Marriage—what a beautiful gift our Maker gave to mankind! How wonderful that Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding feast.
January 6th, 2020 was just another Monday for most people at the Gold Coast in Queensland, but for Ashley and Benjamin (Benji) on this day, history was to be made. For those who were present, what better way than to spend the day at a delightful place while witnessing the exchange of vows? The peaceful, gorgeous grounds of the Historic Rivermill at Mount Nathan provided the opportunity to reconnect with nature while partaking of the joys of this young couple as they joined their hands and lives together in holy matrimony.
Benji truly rejoiced in this day, as he took this Bible verse literally: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22.
As guests took their seats, an atmosphere of anticipation filled the air. The parents, bridegroom, his groomsmen, and pageboys walked down the hill to wait for the arrival of the bride. When the beautiful bridesmaids and flower girls followed walking down the hill it was evident that the bride was just around the corner. Ashley, looking stunning with her proud daddy, Charles, now walked down the hill, bringing much emotion, especially to Benji.
A very fitting song “How Great Thou Art” was the song that was chosen for the congregation to sing. The wedding service was taken by Pastor Ben Thiel, and after a meaningful service, it was beautiful to watch the happy couple exchange their vows. Pastor Nathan Tyler presided over the legal side of the wedding, and while the signing of the registry was taking place, Benji’s father rendered an item in song.
Between the service and the reception, the guests were treated with delicious canapés while the newlyweds and attendees had formal photos taken. The children were able to explore and enjoy the delights the venue had to offer, from feeding the animals that resided there to playing in the playground. The evening reception was held at the same venue, making the day a very relaxing and enjoyable one.
We pray that God will always be Ashley’s and Benji’s strength and guide as the future unfolds before them. May their home be a little heaven on earth with Christ as the centre.
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.
Ashley and Benji, congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!