“Twas The Wedding Before Christmas” | Kingston, TN.

Melanie grew up in the church that Michael currently attends. Six years ago, Melanie returned back to that church when she was eighteen years old. She met Michael in some youth groups. They became friends and after about three years, they began to date. It was tough for Melanie to give her heart to anyone; she had not been given love freely growing up. Melanie broke up with Michael to avoid having to let down her guard and allow herself to fall in love. Two years came and went and Melanie and Michael were both busy living life. Melanie was teaching, going back to school, joined choir, and even went on a mission trip; she found what she was supposed to be doing with her life. Melanie had dated some but each man only showed her what she was missing with Michael. Michael was respectful and a gentleman. Michael was busy with work and friends, but went every Thursday to visit Melanie’s family and check in on them. Melanie and Michael eventually became friends again, and even came to discuss why they were not dating. A month later they began dating again, and one month after that Melanie knew she was really in love with Michael. Melanie became very sick and Michael would come and check on her and clean her house, do dishes, or anything else she needed. He showed Melanie after only a month of dating that she was loved. Melanie says God placed Michael in her life.

Michael proposed on Valentine’s Day. Melanie thought he was going to ask her quietly at the lake as he told her that they were having photos made. She was wrong…Michael had been planning with the Pastor for some time. At the end of Sunday morning church service, with Michael pacing the floors in the back of the church, the pastor called Melanie up to the stage. The pastor had done this before with Melanie’s students to recite a verse or sing a song, so Melanie wasn’t terribly surprised. But then the pastor had each of her students give her a hug for Valentine’s Day as he motioned Michael to join them. Michael came through the double doors with a rose in his hand. In front of 500 people, Michael poured out his heart to Melanie, got on one knee, gave her a ring and asked for her hand in marriage.

Michael has a great sense of humor, even pulling out a Magic 8 Ball during the ceremony to ask whether he should go through with the wedding. He surprised Melanie with a beautiful band during the ring exchange, but course it was fun when he pulled the surprise.

Melanie wanted a softly lit ceremony with pops of red for Christmas. Her flowers were infused with reds and frosted pine cones. Their reception was softly lit with candles and tables arranged in a snowflake pattern.  Melanie loves Christmas and always knew when she got married, it would be at Christmas time. Even her hair pins had snowflakes on them.
It was a fun and festive evening for a sweet and funny couple who are total opposites, except their faith and love of ketchup!

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