We both feel so privileged
and happy to have the opportunity to go for broke and to bet all
of our marbles on each other. We both feel that God has given us
the opportunity to become more like Him through this relationship,
and to see the ways that He cares for us so tenderly in the gift
of another person's love.
We hope that our wedding day expresses this, above
everything else. The modern American wedding has a lot of moving
parts, but in the midst of that we hope that the day reflects who
we really are and what we care about - the same things that brought
Here are the things that we hold in common and that
we hope you experience on our wedding day.
Honor to God
A wedding is a sober thing - it is perhaps the most radical
step we will ever take. A wedding should reflect the sanctity and
weightiness of this lifelong commitment. But it should also be real
and joyful - a moment of pure joy and gratitude to God for the gift
of love and relationship that he has given so freely. We hope this
moment stands within our daily, quotidian lives - coming naturally
from our faith now and shaping our faith to come.
Honor of family
We dearly love our parents, siblings, and families. The photos in
our family stories reflect how new families are knit together through
marriage. Through marriage the old is preserved and new things are
begun. The immediate family with all its joy, sorrow, silliness,
and daily tasks is a very profound instantiation of God's love.
We are looking forward to gathering both our families at this wedding
and expressing our love and gratitude to them.
Invitation of community
Community of friends and family is very important to us. We believe
God uses our community to preserve and mature marriage. We hope
that everyone we invite to the wedding will commit to prayer, love,
and continuing friendship in support of what God has done in our
lives and our new family. You are part of what makes this marriage
a new creation.
Hospitality and warmth
We believe that a wedding reception is, together with our families,
a new couple's first act of hospitality. We are busy creating a
new home, and we want our wedding meal and celebration to be warm,
hospitable, and the first reflection of the open home we want to
Day and time
Sunday, September 21st - The last day of summer
Refreshments will be served at 1:30pm.
The ceremony will begin at 2:00pm.
Dinner will follow shortly after the ceremony.
Where to find us
The wedding and reception will be held at the Venue at Smith Bros'
in Columbus, Ohio. You can see more here at our Directions
and Venue Info page.
The ceremony will be held outside - we're praying
that the weather will be beautiful!
How long will the wedding last?
We know that many of you are driving a long way to be with us. We'll wrap things up around 6pm and send you on your way (hopefully happy and well-fed!)
The wedding meal
Expect to be fed from the moment you arrive until the moment you
leave! We are planning a harvest feast to begin shortly after the
ceremony concludes. September is the golden moment of harvest, and
many of our favorite foods are at their peak. At least one item
on the menu will be homemade by Faith.
(Also, if you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have some
sort of severe food allergy, please note that on your RSVP. )
What to wear
Anything that makes you feel pretty (or handsome) , festive, and
What to bring
Have something to say about Mike or Faith, or an old family photo
to share? Bring it! We'll have a table full of family photos.
We'll also have a photo booth - a spot for guests
to take their own pictures in a variety of poses both solemn and
silly. If you have a favorite hat, favorite prop, or something else
you'd like to have show up in a photo from you to us, bring that
Children are welcome.
Please just let us know the total number of guests, including children,
on your RSVP.