This is the Rehearsal Dinner, and of all the pictures below, this one may be my favorite. It’s THEM, Taylor and John David. Natural, making each other laugh, joyous, in love. To answer two questions you might have…One being–Where did I get all of these incredible pictures? John David’s sister, Kerie, is a photographer and she took all of these shots. Kerie, I am beyond impressed! Thank you, Thank you! Second–Why is John David wearing a crown (of some silly sort) and a robe at his Rehearsal Dinner? Neither Taylor or John David had ever had a real girlfriend/boyfriend. As a sophomore in college, if you’re Taylor, things could have started looking a little grim. It wasn’t that boys didn’t like her. They did. But, they were always either too close of a friend to imagine kissing, OR after a date or two, they got on her last nerve. The summer before she met JD, God gave my grandma a verse for Taylor: Zachariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, …” So for the next few months, my Mom started claiming that verse to Taylor over and over whenever she would get discouraged, “Behold, your king, he comes!” John David’s Mom was making a joke about this in her speech at the Rehearsal Dinner, hence the crown and robe. Now, I am about to show some more pics, but first I want to explain the lyrics I’m going to post at the end of all the pictures. Jeremiah wrote a song (that he and his sister Alex sang at the wedding) about these two. The first part of the song is about Taylor’s king coming. The second part, the boy part, is about John David. JD is a brilliant guy. Like, he could have played football at Harvard kind of smart. He is a man full of ambition, and the fact that he went from Phoenix, AZ to Auburn, AL for college is quite astonishing. He went to visit AU as sort of a courtesy to his parents (who both went there), but in no way expected that to be his college home. Once there, he just knew it was where God wanted him to stay, and now he says he came to Auburn to meet…yep, old Taylor. One more thing that will help the song make sense (if you don’t know Taylor at all) is that Taylor loves to sing and play the guitar–a lot. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and the song. It was an amazing weekend. Love you T, and John David! You make me smile.
John David dancing with his Mom at the dance party we had after the Rehearsal Dinner.
Pace trying to keep us all in line before we walk down the aisle 🙂The reception was by the pond at my Aunt Alice and Uncle Dan’s house. WE could not have asked for more perfect weather, THANK YOU JESUS! It was a 70 degree brilliant fall morning.Dapple Dapple!This is John David’s sister Lanie and her little girl Addie. Don’t you just want to eat both of them up.
And they were off! In a horse-drawn carriage, courtesy of Dr. Maddox.
Taylor and John David’s Song
[Girl singing]From the the mouth of my own Mom,/”Girl behold your king he comes.”/Long before I could see/What that summer would bring to me./Where was my faith Abraham,/When all I could see was my empty hand?
Where does a king come from?/Is it strength, is it love that gives life to his bones?/Does he come from the heaven’s sky or from fairy tales,/Or somewhere in time?
[Girl Chorus] My faith could only fly so high/When all alone out in the sky,/Now that he’s finally come to me/There’s no such thing as gravity/Mom, can you see, He brought my king?
[Boy singing] Where did the wind come from,/That drew me up so far from my home?/I recall an angel’s song,/That told my heart where I belong./Before she sang I did not understand,/What moves the heart of a man.
Where does an angel come from?/ Is it music, is it love that gives life to her bones?/Does she come from the heaven’s sky/Or from stories and legends, or somewhere in time?
[Boy Chorus] A heart can only fly so high/When all alone out in the sky./When that heart hears an angel sing/There’s no such thing as gravity/And that’s the way it’s been since you sang to me.
Then, there’s a bridge where the guy and girl sing back and forth some of the lines from above. Then it ends, with a combined chorus:
A heart can only fly so high/When all alone out in the sky./When that heart finally finds its wings,/There’s no such thing as gravity,/And that’s the way it is with you and me.
[Girl]From the mouth of my own Mom,/”Girl behold your king he comes/[Boy]I recall an angel’s song/That told my heart where I belong.