12.02.2017

The Double Wedding || 9.1.2017

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!)
Getting ready!
The girls' beautiful rings. My brothers did so good. =)
First look!
Err, "looks". =) 
Lovely stage
Carolina
Carson
Cassidy
Joshua
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!

Lovely details...
Brothers
Sisters
Mama with her sons.
This lady in the middle!! Can't say enough about her! Every wedding must have an Aunt Pandy! She bathed that day in prayer (literally, she began praying for her nieces future husbands when the girls were just babies) and she coordinated that wedding with an army of volunteers and skill, grace, and energy! So many thanks to her!

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. 
Groomsmen searching pockets, high and low, trying to locate that, ahem, "missing" ring. =)
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. 
First kisses! 
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."
Ephesians 3:20+21

21 comments:

  1. Lovely in every way. My husband's mother and her sister had a double wedding in 1932, at home with a minister, pianist, garden flowers, homemade cake and punch, and a snapshot outside with the brownie box camera. Their other sister was married the same week, too.

    In addition, my husband's paternal grandmother and her sister married brothers. All were married for more than 50 years and I wish that for all of your brothers and wives, too, as well as for you Chelsy. May God bless you all and Merry Christmas. I have enjoyed the blog for several years now.

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    1. That's so cool!! =)
      Thanks for the well wishes and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  2. One question: why are they pouring sand/salt?

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    1. They decided to do that instead of a unity candle.

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  3. Beautiful. Very uplifting and encouraging. God be praised.

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  4. Soo beautiful...and the cornfield setting was bomb.com!! Photographers were on top of things as well. Good job!

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  5. There a million things to love about this wedding, but one thing stands out for me. The fact that, even though it was a double wedding, each couple still did things in their own unique way. There was individuality as well as unity and that made it, in my opinion, that much more special! <3

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  6. So Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the special day with us! God's blessing be with you all.

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  7. I was wondering about the music you played - I watched the wedding video and didn't recognise the music the brides walked down the aisle to but I really liked it. Could you post the titles please?

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    1. They got all their music from a variety of instrumental cds. I asked the girls which cds and they said that they pulled them all from our family's cd collection (which is huge so I have no idea!) but I know the one cd they used from was the Reflections of Praise cd.
      You can order it from www.mieczkowskifamily.com

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    2. Thank you so much! I couldn't find the specific piece among the sound samples but their music is beautiful nonetheless.

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  8. It was such a beautiful wedding!! Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures ❤️

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  9. Why a thousand people at your wedding it looks lovely but a small family wedding would have been nice instead of such a large one

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    1. Everyone is different! Our family has always been very social and done everything in a big way, so when it came time to plan weddings, it was no exception. =) Carson + Josh have hundreds + hundreds of friends all over the USA and other countries and Carolina + Cassidy are the same way. They chose a big wedding so they could be surrounded by as many of their special people as possible.
      Each to their own. =)

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  10. The wedding was beautiful. Thank you for sharing all those beautiful photos. I hope you don't mind me asking. I noticed several ladies wearing veilings and I'm assuming they were conservative Mennonite or other Anabaptist. Do you come from a Mennonite background?

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    1. No, not at all! Our background is Amish + Mennonite (my mom's family left the Amish when she was seven and my dads family left the Amish right before he was born) They were both raised in a conservative Mennonite group, called the Beachy Amish. We still have lots and lots of friends and relatives who are Amish or Mennonite. We had every stripe and type of people at the double wedding---Amish, Beachy Amish, Catholic, Conservative Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Messianic Jew, Atheist, etc...just to name a few of the beliefs represented amongst the gathered friends of the Bowers family + our family. =)

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    2. That's really neat. I hope for the atheists who were there a seed was planted. You have a beautiful family!

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  11. We had our youngest daughter's wedding at this place. Everything at San Francisco wedding venues was spot-on perfect, the venue, the food, the view, the service and fortunately even the weather. Cannot recommend the manager and his staff more!!!

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  12. Indian weddings are full of colours, music, dance and flavourful food. In short they are festivals in themselves; from the intricate mehndi design designs painted on hand with henna, to the massive and colourful decorations that flare around the whole house of the bride and the groom and the place where they are going to be wedded, it's all about ornamenting and having all-out fun. And amongst these colourful celebrations, India's very own film industry - Bollywood has a very big role to play in it.

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