September 29, 2018 was the beginning of a brand new adventure as I became the wife of Cameron Harris. We were married in a small ceremony surrounded by close family and friends, and we couldn't have asked for a better day.
It was a beautiful day in every sense of the word. Everything went so smoothly, in large part thanks to all of our family and friends who went above and beyond. And when my brand new necklace broke, my makeup artist ran home to get one of her own for me to borrow. How amazing is she? The weather was gorgeous, the flowers perfect, the food delicious, the cake to die for, and though everyone warned us we'd not remember much, we actually remember quite a bit, and I'm thankful. There were so many special touches and meaningful moments - I could talk about them forever. But for the sake of time and space, I'll simply share with you our vows and some of our favorite photos:
I, Cameron, take you, Bethany, to be my wife.
By the grace and power of God, I promise all these words without hesitation: to love you uncontrollably, purposefully, and eternally, every step of the way; to honor you and value you as God values me and the church; to Cherish every part of you that God has made for His glorious kingdom. I promise to be your teammate, coach, companion, and best friend.
I also promise to answer every question with sarcasm. I promise to keep give you odd compliments until we have enough for our greeting card business. I promise to always make you laugh at my klutziness, and to leave a wake of open cabinet doors in each room. I promise to, at some point, maybe, get rid of my sugar problem, and to catch every bug in the house. I promise to laugh at all the funny faces you make and tickle you 'til I get hurt.
Most importantly, I promise to make you happy in the most frightening moments, to give you joy in the most frustrating circumstances, to help you feel safe in our most dangerous days, to give you peace in the most upsetting times, to make you laugh away every tear, to make you hopeful in every uncertainty, and to defend you in all of my days. To give every effort to make you happy and listen to you, to give 100% of what I can in every situation. To always work hard for you and be the husband God made me to be for you. To 'hupomeno' in every trial and face them with prayer and strength through the God who so graciously gave me you.
I promise to protect, provide and treasure you with all that I am, loving you always and forever in the name of our Father
I, Bethany, take you, Cameron, to be my husband.
By the grace and power of God, I promise you my love, my trust, and my loyalty every day of our lives. I promise to make you my priority in my time, attention, and affection, second only to the Lord, who so wonderfully and uniquely brought us together.
I promise to laugh at your jokes, help you find your phone, and bring you fuel when you run out on the highway. I promise not to cry when I lose for 2,941st time at Mario Kart. I promise to feed your cheezy-bread habit, your cereal addiction, and your Twizzler problem. I promise than even when life is busy and chaotic, I will make time to enjoy life with you, doing the things we love – even if we get lost on the way there.
I promise to love you at your best and at your worst; when you’re happy and when you’re sad; when you’re silly and when you’re frustrated. I promise to pray for you continually, to encourage you constantly, and to give you hope when hope is hard to find. I promise to make choices that say “I love you” more than “I love me.” I promise to see and believe the best in you. I promise to talk to you, not about you, and I promise to always be honest with you.
Knowing your love for God and for me, I promise to trust your knowledge, character, and judgment. I promise to be your constant supporter and your biggest cheerleader. I promise to treat you with honor and respect, as my partner and teammate through this obstacle course of life that God has placed us on. I promise to celebrate with you when life takes us to a mountain top, and to comfort you when we walk through the valley.
I promise to “hupomeno” with you – “hupomeno” meaning literally to remain under, not simply with resignation, but with a vibrant hope that stands in contrast to simply trying to “grin and bear it” when pressures come upon us. Therefore, I will remain with hope when finances are scarce and we don’t know how we’re going to make it. I will remain with hope when sickness affects us, whether short-term or long-term. I will remain with hope when outside influences threaten to affect our peace. I will remain with hope when the worst happens and we are left devastated and overwhelmed.
Not only do I promise all of these things to you, I promise them to God, knowing that it is His grace alone that enables me to fulfill my commitment to you. Therefore, before God and these witnesses, I pledge myself fully to you, my treasured Cameron, for all the days of my life.
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T H A N K Y O U
Cameron's suit, the groomsmen's accessories, and the bridesmaid's outfits and accessories were purchased from various vendors, including David's Bridal, White House | Black Market, Mix Bridal, Amazon, and Jos. A. Bank.
In a word: passionate.