#YesIWilliams: Our Wedding Day
Franklin and I got married Friday, October 21, 2016. Yes. We got married on a Friday in Dallas, Texas. It was the busiest day of the week! The busiest week of my life.
I knew that I wanted to get married at Lofty Spaces two years before we were even engaged, because I loved how open and exposed it was! I loved the ceilings and the bricks and the unrefined concrete floors. It was a perfect representation of beauty and imperfection. A place that stood the test of time.
We had 250 of our closest friends and family all in one place and it was the best day of our lives so far. We had the privilege of having family come from Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York, California, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio, D.C., and various parts of this great state of Texas.
Many told us that this was the wedding to be at!
Our Wedding Party
Being the oldest of six kids, our wedding party was bound to be huge! We had nine bridesmaids, nine groomsmen, two flower girls, and two ring bearers. We had six parents between the two of us, four grandmothers present, two grandfathers, two godmothers between us, and too many aunts, uncles, and cousins to count!
Our wedding party was the best we could have ever asked for! On this day, we cried together, we laughed, we danced. My bridesmaids kept me calm when it was 7:40… ten minutes after the time we were supposed to be walking down the aisle. They were bound to make sure I didn’t cry off all the gorgeous make up that our super talented make up artist Tavia and her team had applied just hours ago.
My dad and Franklin’s groomsmen forced him to take a seat and a breather when he was trying to make sure the centerpieces were set up exactly the way I wanted them to be.
Our wedding was only twenty minutes late and according to our coordinator, it was great timing! As each of my bridesmaids left the bridal suite one by one, my heart begin to beat faster and faster.
I was ready to run down that aisle to marry my best friend and was anxious to see if anybody had even shown up! I wanted to see if Franklin would actually cry like I had been so openly wanting him to.
The officiant for our wedding was Dr. Conway Edwards, the pastor of One Community Church, the church that we’ve attended together since January of 2016. When Franklin and I approached him about officiating our wedding, we were so pleased that he said yes! He said that he’s very selective on who he officiates for and only does 3 a year!
He did such an amazing job leading our wedding ceremony and made sure that our guests, our family and friends, were as involved in the process as we were. We were privileged to have him.
Walking down the aisle, I saw so many more people than what I was expecting to see, but was happy that they all turned up to witness the sealing of a marriage covenant between me, Franklin, and our Abba. Our Father.
Once I got to the end of the aisle where my husband stood waiting I could see that he was crying. Real tears! Pastor Conway had my step-father take a minute before giving me away, because many times we rush through this part.
This is where my tears began. And my Maid of Honor’s. And everyone else’s.
This is the part we all were looking forward to! Delicious food, great conversation, and dancing! Glancing around Lofty Spaces and seeing so many people that loved us celebrating our union was an indescribable feeling! If you’re getting married soon, I suggest that at your reception you take a look around and take inventory of all the love surrounding you on your day.
We were so blessed to have such amazing people join us in making this day a success. Franklin’s uncles made sure we had delicious food for our rehearsal dinner and our reception, Marscel of Marscel HP Photography captured all of these amazing images, Brent Baxter of Brent Baxter Photography captured video for us, and Roderick with The House of Cakes Bakery provided our cake!
When the night was drawing to a close and everyone was full off of the green juice, Franklin and I said goodbye to all of our guests and went to IHOP. Wedding dress and all.
Finally, it was back to Le Meridien by The Galleria to officially end our abstinent engagement!
You know how this story ends.