Three days ago, I attended a wedding in Manhattan, KS. My boyfriend and I drove an hour and a half to support my friend on the biggest day of her life. On this sunny afternoon, she stood on the altar in a sparkly white dress, recited a vow and exchanged rings with the man she loved. It was then that she became eternally united as one with her new husband in the eyes of God.
After receiving word of her engagement back in March 2016, I spent the next 10 months hearing tidbits of wedding planning. I witnessed her excitement blossom into pure joy as she started checking things off her wedding to-do list: marriage prep classes, church and reception venue, her dress, the wedding party, invitations, engagement photos, wedding registry and so on. As the countdown neared zero, I could tell she was ready to enter into this beautiful sacrament with her soulmate.
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin 💍
Their wedding day symbolized one milestone they’d experience together, and it was a milestone that I was blessed to witness. I’d watched their love story unfold for the past year and a half. I remember when she told me about their first few dates, when they met each other’s families and about his love for God. Knowing how their genuine love was made sitting in that church all the more special. Even though I wasn’t the one getting married, I could feel my heart pounding as I watched them walk hand-in-hand down the aisle.
It’s still hard for me to grasp that one of my friends is now married at 21. I, a 23-year-old woman, can’t imagine entering into that sacrament right now. I have enough self-awareness to know I’m not mentally, spiritually or emotionally prepared. That’s the most astonishing thing about this woman – for 21 she has more wisdom, love, and strength than most. So if anyone is ready for all the hills and valleys of marriage, it’s her.