It was truly a day never to be forgotten, that double celebration day. Double weddings are definitely VERY unique, and I'm not sure it would ever work unless it was brothers marrying sisters. Even in that case it is a very unusual combo and definitely a project not for the faint of heart!
But it was their idea, these four, and I don't think I have ever seen such a big day handled with more grace, joy, and beauty, than the day of these two couples. Their greatest desire was for their guests to feel loved and for Jesus to be glorified, and those two things were accomplished beyond what any of us could've imaged. Enjoy the pictures!
(and special thanks to Windrose Photography for this amazing work! They captured the day so well!)
The girls' beautiful rings. My brothers did so good. =)
Err, "looks". =)
The Bowers family is also an extremely close-knit family, and so the two couples decided to be surrounded by their siblings/best friends for their day.
We were all so honored + overjoyed to stand up with them.
Our two big families!
Good looking gentlemen!
A transformed shop, almost ready to go!
Mama with her sons.
Our farm was like one giant party---people everywhere! At about 4pm, our pastor stood up and over the loudspeaker asked everyone to "please come be seated for the wedding". =)
Right at 4:18pm, the wedding started!
Not much about this day was conventional. Two groomsmen to every bridesmaid, and they even decided to mix it up and put the little boys with the older girls, and the older guys with the little girls. Such fun!
Here come the brides!
There were some great laughs had on that stage!
"Great is Thy Faithfulness"
No mics, no instruments...just the simple lifting of voices in praise, by two uniting families.
If anybody watching the livestream observed the chuckles going on on stage during the sand pouring time, there was a story behind that. Apparently the salt or sand or something they were using, had hardened, and wouldn't pour, so Carson whipped out one of his knives and chopped it up, right there in the middle of everything. I'm not sure that anyone in the audience could actually see what was happening but we bridal party all could and it was pretty funny.
If you missed watched the livestream, then you might remember that there was a good deal of laughter over some classic "zingers". =)
These are some of my favorite pictures. =)
Leave it to Josh to keep everyone in stitches.
Cake cutting time!
These two couples are both so sweet, but they are about as opposite as they come. Just one example?
See those two on the left, so nicely + gently + delicately preparing to feed each other neat little bites.
The couple on the right...not so much, hehe!
And soon after the cake cutting, they drove off into the night in their getaway vehicles of choice-two of our big farm tractors. (go on instagram and search #bontragerbowersdouble to find a video clip of their dramatic exits. =))
Our growing tribe!
If you missed it, we also posted some other phone pics and others of the day back in September in this post. The livestream is also still up and available to watch, at this link here.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end, Amen."