So here's my first picture of Rupa and Nima. They were down in the fellowship hall putting some of the small bits and pieces on the cake table.
Gradually, others arrived that were involve in one aspect or another, of course.
Originally, the plan was the wedding would begin at noon. WELL, there was no rehearsal, no chance to practice almost anything. Why? Almost no one was there on time, and it just couldn't be done.
My husband arrived to play for the wedding, but all he could do as he had time was some extra practice.
One of my blessings was that Nima would occasionally just come and put his head on my shoulder. Once I gave him a kiss on the cheek.
Now I'm officially his grandma. And I love him dearly.
Now it will mostly be photos. The first two are ones I took of Rupa and Nima at opposite parts of the church, just officially wedding dressed. Love it.
Then the pre-wedding photos of them, their family and friends in their ceremony, that began around 1:00.
Then the "married-now-and-forever" one.
I took about 80 pictures yesterday. Not nearly enough, of course. But couldn't not share a few with you. The photo of Dave and I with Rupa and Nima will be sent to us through their official photographer; whenever it shows up, I'll have to pop it into your eyes. [BTW, the photographer is my church friend who became very involved with Rupa's family when they arrived from Nepal, late Feb., '11. Stephanie was one of the EBC-ers who provided what they needed then. Now she and her husband truly are family for them and Rupa, individually, truly became one of their daughters. Stephanie and Joe helped choose and purchase the wedding gown, which is a real treat!]
The wedding planted blessings into the hearts of Christians and seed into the hearts of family and friends who are [still] Hindu and Buddhist. But many came to the service, heard the Word, heard the Truth, and saw it in the hearts of these young ones and their many family and friends. I don't know enough of Nima's history, since he arrived here a few months ago and has been working so many hours, but I DO know the approximate time that Rupa officially came to the Lord which was not long after she arrived from Nepal. Spring of '11. Her first communion was at our church for Good Friday service, and I helped her go forward for communion and Dave stepped aside and held our hands and prayed. And now he played for her wedding. How cool is that?
So... YES, it was a wedding. But, in my heart it was far more than that! Knowing where Rupa came from and where she has grown and now who she is with that will be a continual blessing for her, well, it just is filling my heart with joy.