Thursday, May 10, 2012

PW & Amanda

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of heading down to North Carolina to be a part of our good friends PW and Amanda's wedding.

First of all, I have to plug PW, because he is an amazing singer and songwriter. You can check out his website here. Also, within the past couple of years, he has begun a non-profit, called The Hundred Movement, whose mission is to "rescue and restore one hundred women and children from the bondage of human trafficking in the U.S." You can check out that website here.

Anyways, PW and Amanda were getting hitched, so Derek and I arrived in North Carolina on Thursday to partake in the wedding festivities.

The weekend was a whirlwind, with lots of unexpected twists and turns, including several trips to the emergency room with PW due to an old back injury that flared up several days before the wedding. All I can say is that God is faithful and hears our prayers, because PW was in some serious pain nearly the whole day of his wedding, but for the 5 or so hours of the wedding and the reception he felt great.

The wedding and rehearsal were at Carolina Point, a new young life camp in the mountains, right on the border of North and South Carolina. The venue was beautiful. The forecast called for rain Saturday, and we all prayed that the weather would hold off, especially for the ceremony, since it was outside. Not only did the rain hold off, but it was sunny and beautiful during the ceremony. When we left that night, not even 5 minutes away from the camp, the roads were soaking wet and it looked like it had been pouring. Again, prayer.

Carolina Point
Another really cool thing about this wedding were the people in it that we got to meet. We went knowing only PW and Amanda, no other guests or members of the wedding party. But the people we met, particularly the other groomsmen, since that's who we hung out with most of the weekend, were some of the most awesome, sincere, Jesus loving people. There were 13 or 14 guys who were part of the wedding party, most of them didn't know each other before this weekend, and by the end of it they were all close friends. There really aren't words to describe how much fun we had getting to know these people and spending time with them all weekend. It is not surprising to me all of the prayers we saw answered that weekend, knowing the people that were doing the praying. The time we had with everyone was a blessing and a joy.

There's lots more I could say about the weekend, but I think I'll share pictures instead.

Beautiful Scenery - with a little cabin construction in the background :)

Me and D!

Beautiful Reception

PW & his Best Men

Lookin good Mr. Warnick

The beautiful bride

Exchanging vows

Laying hands on and praying for the couple

The kiss!

Mr. and Mrs. PW Gopal!
We had a great weekend celebrating PW and Amanda. They both love the Lord like crazy, and I know He is going to do amazing things through their marriage. We consider it an honor to be friends with them, and to be able to be a part of their wedding.

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