Thank goodness for Skype.
In the months leading up to Harry and Kaylah's wedding, we bridged the 3,700 mile gap between us with Skype. We heard their laughs and the way they interacted with each other. We heard how they first met 10 years ago, but lost touch until meeting again last year. We heard about their hearts and service for their community in Puerto Rico, where they work as missionaries. We talked through plans for their wedding at Kaylah's Seattle home church.
And when we finally met them in person, we loved them even more.
Each moment of Harry and Kaylah's day wove together their love for Jesus, their commitment to each other, and the deep connections they share with their community. We'll never forget the laughter and energy they shared with their bridal party. How Kaylah's grandmother glowed when she was surprised by a junior bridesmaid wearing her decades-old yellow prom dress. The moment when Kaylah's mom read her a Bible verse as she was putting on her wedding dress or when her dad saw her for the first time. Harry and Kaylah's no-look prayer before the ceremony and the look on Harry's face when he later saw his bride for the first time. A full church singing hymns of praise. Their families gathering to pray over them. The hilarious dance party that completed their day of celebration.
Their wedding was honest and real. It had a pulse. And it was a lovely reminder that the best weddings aren't a result of the best Pinterest boards.