We are so blessed to have shared these past five years of Christian marriage. We thank and praise the Lord for bringing us together and keeping us together.
Today I thought I would share a few pictures as well as our wedding verses.
All photos are from Michelle Forche, our photographer, who captured the day beautifully.
If you are looking for a photographer in the Evansville area we encourage you to visit her site:
Memories by Michelle
My Handsome Groom
I was so excited to see Mark!
Praying for our future.
Our first moment as Mr. and Mrs. Riley
We selected verses that are about love, both our love for the Lord and His people as well as the Lord's love for us. Our reader was my college roommate and dear friend, Leah.
Our first reading was a reminder to ourselves and our guests of the way to live. The words contained our goals for our marriage: love, honor, work hard, serve the Lord, pray, practice hospitality, and live in peace. We really enjoyed the simplicity of these words of life instruction from the book of Romans:
"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord ethusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and always keep praying. When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone." - Romans 12:9-18
Our second reading was another set of helpful reminders for living as God's people. We really wanted to instill in our hearts the Lord's desire for us to be merciful, kind, gentle, and patient:
"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves in love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body we are called to live in peace. Always be thankful." Colossians 3:12-15
We are so thankful for all of you, for beginning the blog journey with us as a couple preparing for marriage. We intended to use this blog to share our wedding plans with friends and family across the country and by the Grace of God it has become so much more. We have loved these first five years of marriage and we look forward to a lifetime together!
Other Wedding/Anniversary Posts:
- Celebrating One Month of Marriage
- Celebrating One Year of Marriage