Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wild Wednesday- More Love

In keeping with the whole 'love theme' I dug out some old photographs of my wedding day. I had to laugh at many of the photos, because I'm the most non-photogenic person around. In many of the pictures my eyes are blinking just when the camera is clicking. It was quite a feat to find some 'good' shots.

900 + people in a hall for 5000
Someone created a beautiful sign for us
Digging through the pictures, made me remember what an amazing day my wedding day was. 

When my hubby and I decided to get married, we hardly knew each other. We knew God had brought us together. We had around 300 Singapore dollars (approximately 150 US with the exchange rate in those days) between the two of us. How do you plan a wedding for almost a thousand people with that limited budget? 

This is where we saw God's Word to be true. He promises to supply all our needs according to HIS riches in Heaven. He certainly provided all our needs for the wedding. We never told a living soul how much money we had, we just said, "We are getting married" and then we proceeded to invite everyone. We started planning for the wedding in June and we were married the first of August. 

cutting the wedding cake
Every day proved to be a miracle. Someone called me up and said, "Where are you buying your cake?"  

I replied, "I'm checking out some options" 

"Don't bother, I'll buy your cake for you!"

The vows
Someone else called my husband and said, "God told me to buy your wedding suit."  

Another lady called me and said, "How many do you expect for your wedding?" 

"Around 900 or so." 

"Do you have a caterer." 

"uhm, you mean I have to feed people?" No, I didn't say that, but that was what I wanted to say. I actually said, "I haven't hired a caterer yet." 

"I was praying this morning and God told me to take care of the catering- so you don't worry about it!" 

Tick tick tick, slowly things were getting clicked off my  'to do' list...my grandmother's diamond was set in gold, which had been given to us with explicit instructions that it be melted down and made into wedding rings.

the beautiful gown
The wedding dress was quite amazing. My mom and I went into a boutique which was renowned for their wedding dresses. In Singapore (in those days) most brides just rented their wedding dress. I went to see if there were any dresses in my budget. I almost had a seizure when I saw the prices of the gowns. We were almost going to leave but the owner of the shop recognized my mom. She asked what we were doing there and my mom tried to politely excuse herself. 

The owner of the boutique said, "You know what....I want to custom make your daughter's wedding dress for free...I only ask that you acknowledge me on the wedding programme." 

"eh...em...sure...how do you spell your name??" 

"You may kiss the bride"
my mom,Daniel & me, my mother and father in law
"Can we go home now?"
The most stress free wedding ever. God provided every last detail for us. I just showed up and walked down the aisle. 

Its so good to remind myself of that day, because it was a small example of how God has continued to do amazing things throughout my life. I have found that there is nothing too insignificant that He ignores it; also, there is nothing too big that He can't handle it. He cares about the details and He also can handle the impossibilities. His love never ceases to amaze me!


39 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous wedding. I love the dress, too! And of course, you two make a mighty fine couple!

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    1. I must agree it was a gorgeous wedding & the best part was it was stress free-- I didn't realize how wonderful that was until last year when I was helping my two daughters with both their weddings! ;)

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  2. Weddings aww! All along the post, I kept wondering, these people must be really so nice and sweet, that people want to do such things for them on thier day!! 900+ guests! really must have been a DAY!

    That's a very pretty dress on a beautiful bride :-) After this post, I think, I would be picturing you as the younger Anjuli, Connie :-)

    Must be really something to relive your wedding after all these days!

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    1. ha ha- I love your kind comment of reliving my wedding after 'all these days'- such a sweet way to soften the blow of 'after all these years'- yes, can't believe it has been 25 years!! I know it sounds cliche- but I really do love him more than I did that day- and I can honestly say that since I did not know him when we were married- and as I have gotten to know him over the years...love has grown!

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    2. oh god, now that I reread the 'after all these days', it sounds so rude :-(( Thanks for taking the lighter side of this line! 25 years! God bless :-D

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  3. wow! now i know what you meant when u said some real life stories are even more unimaginable than the fictionalized ones. this is an incredibly wonderful story of a wedding whose planner was God himself :)

    (oh wish the pic size was bigger. because they are some really lovely snaps)

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    1. Thanks for asking about the pic size etc- I've posted a postscript letting people know that if they click on the photos they will enlarge and you can view them as a slide show. However, I look better in SMALL size- ha ha!! ;) I really am NOT photogenic at all.

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    2. now that's wonderful - the slideshow. you are a tech genius Connie :)))

      and you both look so adorable and i like that shy smile of your when he was lifting the veil

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  4. Wow this a beautiful post. Walking down the memory lane

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    1. Oh I see you have updated your ongoing journey- I can't wait to read where else it took you. I am dashing out the door right now, but will check on it the moment I return!!

      Glad you enjoyed the walk down memory lane :)

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  5. Love this post too, I think you look marvellous, I'm the least photogenic person in the world anyway! From a fellow-born-in-Singapore blogger! Lin xx

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    1. I know you are my 'kawan' :0 that is why I like your blog so much - Oh- and as far as you being the least photogenic person- hello? I've seen your pics- that isn't true at all- the camera loves you!
      Being from Singapore- do you know where these pics were taken? Not sure if you are old enough to remember "NEW WORLD" on Jalan Besar- but that is exactly where this building was- a refurbished cinema from the old New World amusement park area.

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  6. What a remarkable wedding story! It was just like a fairy tale with God at the helm of things. It was such a sweet read. It got me into tears of joy when I reached the end and I wished the post would never end. And absolutely lovely pcitures.. :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. The story has not ended ;)...just that day ended...and now each and every day we write a new chapter of our ongoing story. Just wish I was good at keeping up with taking pictures along the way- ha ha- I always forget my camera.

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  7. Oh the threads of our lives, how connected they are by The Lord. I am Barbara Anne Waite, the author of "Elsie- Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916." I saw on "A traveler's Library" that you left a comment about my book. Made my day! You might be interested in my website www.barbaraannewaite.com that gives more information about "Elsie", photos not included in the book and lots of "tidbits" of Arizona history. I really enjoyed reading your blog. We live on the little island of Antigua where we have been since 1974 as missionaries. I am going to go back and read your posts about Gladys Aylward- one of my favorite biographies.

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    1. Thank you for giving me the URL to your website- I"m definitely ordering the book. I'm more excited than ever to read it!!

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  8. AnJuli I just wrote you a long note but it seems to have disappeared. I am Barbara Anne Waite, the author of the book "Elsie Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916." My website is www.barbaraannewaite.com. It has lots of further information/photos not in the book. I signed up for your blog. we are missionaries on the island of Antigua.

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    1. Yes, I saw the other comment you left- that is so great that you've been on the island of Antigua since the 1970's!! WOW! Thank you so much for coming by- I would love to hear more about your time there in Antigua and what God is doing there.

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  9. Anjuli, there are plenty of god's angels who will take care of us when we need them the most...i think it is god's way of telling us that he will always hold our hands in our most trying times!! by the way ur wedding gown is fabulous..and ur looking gr8 too!!

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    1. you are absolutely right about those around us who take care of us when we need them the most!

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    2. Anjuli, here's a fun award for your blog..
      http://titli15081977.blogspot.in/2012/02/liebster-blog-award.html

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  10. You look so pretty in the pictures, who told you that you are not photogenic. Beautiful wedding, you look beautiful even today.

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    1. ha ha- you are too kind- don't you remember I wrote in the post that it was hard for me to find pics due to my unphotogenic nature- those I chose to display are the better ones - ha ha!! Oh my- if I posted the rest you would understand my statement more.

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  11. The wedding gown is amazing :) Pretty pictures :)

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  12. Awww,, this is such a lovely post. Walking down the memory lane and smiling.
    Even I had a big smile on my face. Pretty, pretty you. :D

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    1. Loved your post today!! Just came from there. I'm smiling to see your name listed here in the comment section. Good to have you back from Cambodia.

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  13. Anjuli, this post was so moving and I too believe that God answers so many wishes. A very gripping real life fairy tale and you certainly look like a fairy decked in the bridal gown:)Just beautiful!

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    1. Not sure about the looking like a fairy :) ha ha!! Loved your latest poetic piece- so beautiful!!

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  14. Somehow I had no trouble believing it.....u are a beautiful person inside & out, I'm sure God was just waiting for an oppurtunity to show u how much U matter:-)).

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment!! Praying your voice gets returned to you as soon as possible!!

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  15. I was amazed reading this..but also very happy...this is a really happy love story(a real one at that!!)...

    u look lovely!!......god bless you and your family!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in

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    1. It was a wonderful day- and was wonderful remembering it all over again.

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  16. Having had a simple registry office wedding myself, I enjoy reading about the more formal weddings of others.

    A day to remember indeed and you're a fibber...you look lovely in all the photos.

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    1. ha ha- as I said previously- it took me awhile to find photos in which I looked half way decent--- believe me these are the ONLY ones which I pulled off!! The rest are hilarious- with squinting eyes, slouched shoulders, blinking, winking...etc etc...definitely would never have made a model ;)

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  17. soooo pretty u are! and what a handsome couple you both make.

    thanks for sharing such heartwarming story:)

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    1. when will you be updating- I hope soon....oh ps you'll be needing to get some spectacles :) ha ha!

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  18. what beautiful pictures. You're such a darling couple

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