Matthew and I were so blessed to celebrate our engagement with our closest family and friends last Saturday. If you were to ask Matthew and I about our relationship we'd of course tell you we are in love and believe we are "meant to be". We would also tell you that through the 6 years we have been dating, we know without a shadow of a doubt that God is really who He says He is. We would tell you about how life as we knew it fell apart, yet God is still good. We would tell you how we walked through the fire but came out alive. We would tell you about the power of prayer, and how when you seek God with all of your heart, the doors that are meant to be open will swing wide. We would tell you that we are SO THANKFUL for each other, but even more than that, we are thankful for a God who cares enough about us to guide our hearts to Him each and everyday. We would tell you that God doesn't ask you to do life alone, but to find your strength in Him. And lastly, we would tell you that when you allow God to fill you with HIS unconditional love, loving each other unconditionally seems so natural and is so rewarding. Matthew and I have been a team through the worst/lowest/darkest times of my life and the greatest/most exciting/brightest times.
I think it was so special to celebrate our engagement because the people present walked that long road with us, and have prayerfully witnessed the victory that God has brought to our lives.
This was maybe my favorite decoration. I built this flower wall MYSELF!!! (With lots of help lol). We ordered the floral panels, and got a piece of ply-wood from Home Depot with lots of holes in it that were perfect for wiring the panels to it.
I had drawn the “Jenna & Matt” on my iPad, and emailed it to Matt who has a lazer cutter at work! He cut out the letters, and I spray painted them gold. I thought it was so cool that my handwriting made it to the flower wall!
If you’re having a party and want more specifics, please email me about it and I’d be happy to share more details!
I was unsure of what to do for the place settings and began to think about all the people who would be attending. I decided to draw six places that really mean a lot to us, representing a lot of the places that our guests would be from including Princeton, Nashville, Hoboken, Palm Beach, The Jersey Shore, and my home. Around the candles were Magnolia leaves. To us, Magnolias represent the south as there are Magnolia leaves lining the driveway of Matthew’s home in Nashville, and the magnolia leave always make him smile.
Around 9pm it was still at least 95 degrees outside, as everyone was welcoming the dark of night in hopes to cool off. That’s when Sip n’ Swirl came down the driveway! We rented an ice cream truck from NJIceCreamTruck.com through one of my bridesmaid’s brothers. It was the hottest day of the summer reaching above 100 degrees which made the ice cream that much sweeter. Even our friends who are lactose intolerant decided to take the leap and grab a cone. I cannot say enough great things about Sip n’ Swirl! The ice cream was exceptional, and the experience unforgettable.
Our party was one of my favorite nights EVER topping it off with the best sunset. Yes, it was a great party, but for me it went much deeper than that. When the sun set, and God painted the sky so beautifully it just really felt like God was right there with us. I started to tear up because in the dark times after the accident, I used to look outside as the sun would set and know God was watching over me even though I was in so much pain. I had faith that my suffering was for a reason, and if I never find out the reason, it is still ok because my life is not my own. To be released from that pain after 5 years and to be surrounded by so much love, was more moving than I can put into words.
I am so so thankful. Thankful for my fiancé, my amazing family, friends, and most of all God who is worthy of ALL trust. Matt and I know that even if life never became easier, God would still have met us there. He would still have filled us with His unconditional love and peace, which means more to us than anything.
Thank you for being a part of our story <3