Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm Alive & Married :)

Yes I am still alive and BLESSED! Thought I would share the most recent, biggiest and most exciting news in my life,since my last post last year, to those who still come by to see if the blog dust has been wiped off ;op.

I am now MARRIED! :) Now, don't even ask me about the knitting LOL. See our wedding story and pics below. Hope all is well and yarny with each of you!! Until next time!

Bride:
Stacey Michelle Richards, 35
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Groom:
Christopher Kerry Henderson, 42
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Hometown of the Bride:
Racine, WI
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Hometown of the Groom:
Huntersville, NC
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Wedding Date:
4/1/2011
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Wedding Location:
We had a courthouse wedding in Charlotte, NC!
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Occupation of the Bride:
Nonprofit Professional
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Occupation of the Groom:
Independent Contractor
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Alma Mater of the Bride:
Johnson C. Smith University
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Alma Mater of the Groom:
North Mecklenburg High School
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How they met:
‘Chris and I met nine months ago on a rainy Friday night in August, 2010, at our church singles bowling event,’ Stacey said. ‘We were on the same bowling team.

We really did not take any special note of one another until the end of the evening, when I mentioned needing to get up early to go running. Chris immediately piped up and said he was a runner too and wanted to meet up with me.

We quickly began getting to know each other during our predawn runs each week, and he kept asking me out until one day I decided to give him, and love, a try. We started courting one another within a month.’
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The moment they realized they wanted to be a couple for life:
‘There really isn’t an exact moment we can pinpoint that we decided to be together for a lifetime. The more we learned about each other the more we realized we were made for each other.

Soon after we ran our first race together back in October 2010, a half marathon (13.1 miles), and went on a trip to visit my family, we were certain that we had won each other's hearts!

Chris describes our relationship best. He says we are “a match made in heaven reunited on earth.”
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The Proposal:
‘When we both decided to enter into a courtship, with the specific intent to be married, we discussed it many times and we prayed continuously that we were making the right decision.

During these discussions we not only talked about how marriage would be for us, but what kind of wedding we would like to have, and before we knew it we were planning a wedding … without a formal proposal.

It was all so natural we just flowed right into it! I always joke that Chris got off easy!’
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The Wedding:
‘When selecting our wedding date, we really took a look at the dates and the significance of them. We wanted it to be meaningful.

We selected the 1st of the month because the number one means GODhead, unity and undivided. We both love the month of April since both of our birthdays are in this month and our favorite season is spring. Yes, April 1st, April Fools Day!

This meant we would have just a little over a month to plan the wedding! We thought, 'How appropriate to celebrate our wedding on April Fool's Day, since no one would believe that we got married so quickly.' It fit us perfectly!

The week leading up to the wedding was rainy and we were concerned the actual day would be gloomy, but that afternoon the sun came out and it was simply beautiful.

The trees and flowers were blooming and it was the perfect cool spring temperature.

We were surprised and delighted to see how many couples were getting married on April Fools Day at the courthouse, and as each couple came out there was a wave of cheers that gave an element of fun and excitement.

We selected royal purple as our accent color for the wedding. I had a vintage look in a unique ivory dress, birdcage veil and royal purple shoes to add flare.

We had a small wedding cake celebration afterwards that gave us an opportunity to exchange our intimate and personal vows with each other and express our love in front of our close family and friends. Chris’ mother made the wedding cake which added a special touch to the day.

Some of our guests were oblivious to the ‘special announcement’ we were about to make, which added to the April Fools Day surprise.

Guests had the option to complete a “Love Note” sharing any wedding sentiments or marriage advice to us. This was a unique twist and expansion on the guestbook, as the ribboned cards were later slipped into the extra pages to be remembered.

It was just what we wanted for our wedding day. To be effortless, meaningful and filled with joy!’
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The Honeymoon:
‘We took a couple of mini weekend getaways in our wedding month, all of which were centered around the mountains. We visited Biltmore Estates during the Festival of Flowers and got some quality quiet time at a private mountain home. It was a wonderful way of enjoying our wedding bliss!’
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Their Plans:
‘Our personal backgrounds made us realize why we were brought together. We know that through a ministry in GOD, we are to help others overcome the obstacles we have been through. We compliment each other in that Chris is a visionary and I am an organizer.

As we plan to work together in ministry, we also look forward to starting a family soon.’
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Advice to Others:
‘Make your wedding your own personal statement, and know it is not based on man’s approval but GOD’s approval.

We highly recommend 50 kisses a day (Seriously, it works.) And to always keep GODas your first love, coming together in prayer daily.’

28 Comments:

  1. Channon said...
    Congrats!!! I'm so, so happy for both of you. You look positively radiant.
    KnitFloozy said...
    Congratulations!
    TURBOchic said...
    You look fabulous and in love. Congrats on marrying a hottie!
    Michelle said...
    Congrats!!!!
    peacockchic said...
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You look like such a wonderful couple. Thanks for sharing your story. it was fun to read
    Chronic Ennui said...
    This is so funny. I was just thinking about you yesterday and then you post this. I could not be more happy for you! What a beautiful pair you make! I loved reading your story.
    Kamika said...
    Wow! Congratulations!! May God bless your ministry in marriage.
    mick said...
    Stacey! I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are. This is such a fantastic update to hear! Congratulations to you and your new husband. I wish you every happiness!
    Jane Prater said...
    I wish you both the best life has to offer.
    gardensrme said...
    This is the first time that I am leaving a comment, but I am a regular viewer of your blog. Congrats on your nuptials and here's wishing you & hubby a happy life together. I really do miss your knitting though...:) Hope to see some finished projects soon?
    turtlegirl76 said...
    Congratulations Stacey!
    maceknits said...
    Congratulations! I was thinking about you recently. What are the odds?!
    Harlem Purl said...
    Congratulations Stacey, I'm so happy for you! I got married this past October, isn't marriage wonderful?! I wish you all the best.

    -Chante
    Melodye said...
    Congratulations!!! Best wishes for many years of marital bliss!!
    Twisted Knitter said...
    I'm absolutely thrilled for you -- loved reading your wedding story and I wish you many years of wedded bliss!

    You make a beautiful couple!
    KimT said...
    omg!!!!!!!!!!! I check every once in a while and I am so encouraged by your fantastic news! Congrats lady, all the best. You guys are going to have an incredible impact on the world as a couple.
    Lynette said...
    you're back!!!!! congratulations on your wedding. thanks for sharing with us. i'm so sincerely happy for you. i'm just so glad you're back. squeeee!
    diddlinaknits said...
    Congrats to you both! I am so happy for you!
    still here and never going back said...
    Stacy, that is wonderful news. You look so happpy. I know he is a very special man and I hope you will both be happy for many years.
    Reckless Glue said...
    omg congrats!!! LOVE your dress!
    Nik said...
    I was all smiles while reading this. Congratulations, dear.
    Nelly Knits said...
    CONGRATS!!!!!!
    caknitter said...
    Ohmygosh, I just happened to pop in and find this exciting news. Congratulations!! I am so happy for both of you and know you two make such a handsome couple. I'm over-the-moon with knowing you found your partner in life through God. I wish you and your hubby an eternity of love and happiness.
    :-)
    Jo said...
    Congratulations! Will have to try this 50 kisses a day thing :)
    k_purls2 said...
    stacy this is beautiful. God bless your marriage and ministry. What a wonderful testimony.
    del said...
    I am LATE to this party, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am SOOOO happy for you and your hubby -- you make a great-looking couple :-)

    I haven't been blog reading or blogging as much but I was browsing around and saw your blog link on another blog which is how I got here today. Congrats again -- you look fantastic!
    JE said...
    Congratulations! What a beautiful 'love' story.
    chicagopurl said...
    May God continue to bless you two in all your lives! I am sooo proud of you! Congrats and love from your friend here in Chicago! I am so excited for you two! What God has put together let no man put asunder. :) Let me know if you two ever make it to Chicago!

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