Ryan and Missy chose to tie the knot! Rebekah had the pleasure of serving as their wedding officiant at Rockmill Brewery about 25 miles from downtown Columbus Ohio! The wedding venue is located in rural Lancaster, Ohio, and it turns out to be a very nice place for an intimate event! In this first photo you can see Ryan and Missy (happy groom & bride) in the lovely outdoor setting with Rebekah.
Here is a small portion of the Missy & Ryan's personal story. Rebekah shared these words during their ceremony, "Ryan and Missy first met more than 10 years ago at Ohio State and quickly became friends. Ryan was consumed with CAR and working on his thesis and Missy was an R.A., constantly counseling college freshman and keeping them in line."
"Over the years they kept the friendship going, confiding in each other about life’s ups and downs. Eventually, they began to realize how much they really meant to each other, and their relationship began. Together they love attending concerts, running, hiking, and dog rescue. Their love and commitment for one another has grown steadily over the years, and they have become a team, each working to support the other."
And now we will share one of the marriage readings they chose for Rebekah to read, "What Do We Mean by Love?", Author Unknown. "What do we mean by love? When we love, we see things other people do not see. We see beneath the surface, to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique. To see with loving eyes, is to know inner beauty . And to be loved is to be seen, and known, as we are known to no other. One who loves us, gives us a unique gift: a piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us. We who love, can look at each other's life and say, 'I touched his life,' or, 'I touched her life,'...
...just as an artist might say, 'I touched this canvas.' 'Those brushstrokes in the comer of this magnificent mural, those are mine. I was a part of this life, and it is a part of me.' Marriage is to belong to each other through a unique and diverse collaboration, like two threads crossing in different directions, yet weaving one tapestry together...
...To make this relationship work, therefore, takes more than love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow, even when it is difficult to do so. And it takes faith, to go forward together without knowing what the future holds for you both. While love is our natural state of being, these other qualities are not as easy to come by. Thus, they are not a destination, but a journey. The true art of married life is an inner spiritual journey. It is a mutual enrichment, a give and take between two personalities, a mingling of two endowments which diminishes neither, but enhances both."
Photos in this entry are courtesy of Kari Rolnick of Seven Seventeen Photography located in Port Orchard Washington. Kari's phone number is 360-621-4076. Thanks Kari! Rebekah was so happy to celebrate with Missy and Ryan at their wedding and to serve as their officiant on a day they will remember for the rest of their lives! We wish you all the best Missy & Ryan!