When She started to walk down the aisle, He was in tears….but not because of what he saw…

Most weddings include beautiful music, but not many include the magic that filled the church at Arianna and Ryan’s 2013 wedding. Far from walking down the aisle to a traditional wedding march, Arianna surprised her groom with a special gift. And, the look on his face was priceless.

The tender moment is captured on video, as are the reactions of friends and family. And, there is not a dry eye in the room. That includes Ryan, who periodically swipes tears from his cheeks, as his bride boldly expresses her love for him.

Tears at weddings are nothing new. Nor is saying, “I do.” But, while many elements of a wedding stay the same year after year, other things change. Wedding trends, in fact, seem to follow a number of influences.

Some are cultural.

In Japan, couples sip sake to commemorate their union. German weddings last days. In some African cultures couples tie the knot – literally – as they are tied together by the wrists.

Some are born of necessity.

Some traditions have been born out of necessity. Weddings in the 1940s were very simple and fast. There wasn’t much time for a bride and groom to wedding plan during wartime, so the process often took one week from start to finish. Women sometimes made their veils from lace curtains, due to a shortage of supplies and luxury items.

Some reflect pop culture.

The white wedding dress came about in the early 1900s. It was mostly worn by affluent women wanting to follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, who chose white in 1840 when women more traditionally wore color. Today, white is still the color of choice for most brides. In more recent times, women of the 1950s opted for sweetheart necklines after Elizabeth Taylor wore one in in the movie, “Father of the Bride.” The 1980s saw a time of elegance and big dresses in response to Princess Diana’s famous frock.

Arianna and Ryan’s wedding reflect a trend toward individualized weddings that began in the 1970s, when non-conformity was on the rise. And, Arianna took non-conformity to new heights!

Weddings during Jesus’ times were multi-day events. The involved celebrations, but it is not clear of they included ceremonies. Marriages in Biblical times consisted more of legal contracts than ceremonies; however, we do see references to weddings in the New Testament – and they all have something to teach us.

Dr. Tabor shares three things about weddings from the Bible.

1. Jesus’ first miracle was performed at a wedding – Like weddings today, there were expectations from the host family during biblical times. One of those expectations was to provide food and drink for guests. To run out of either was a disgrace for the host. It was exactly in this setting that Jesus performed his first miracle – turning water into wine. Jesus’ mother urges Jesus to fix the situation. After a conversation with his mother, Jesus tells the servants to fill six barrels with water. He then orders them to draw out some of the water and take it to the headwaiter. The water was not only turned to wine, it was turned into high-quality wine – the best served at the entire event (John 2). From this, we see that Jesus is sovereign over elements, and he cares about the details of our lives.

2. The kingdom of God is like a wedding feast – In Matthew 22, Jesus tells a parable about a wedding feast. He shares with his listeners how the kingdom of God is like a wedding feast. The father of the groom sent his servants out to get the invited guests, but they were unwilling to come. Eventually, following invitation after invitation and being met with “no’s,” the father orders the servants to invite strangers. The father even provides these strangers with wedding clothes. From this, we see that God invites all into his kingdom, but not all will accept the invitation.

3. The church is called the Bride of Christ – Revelation 19:6-9 describes the marriage supper of the Lamb. This describes what it will be like when the church is united with Jesus in Heaven. The church collectively is the bride. What we learn from this is that we are to be ready, like a bride waiting for her bridegroom, to be united with Jesus (Ephesians 5:27).

One thing that is sure is that Arianna was ready for her groom on their wedding day in 2013. When the doors opened, everyone was stunned.

“That, my friend Ryan, is what is called making an entrance,” the minister says afterward. “And it was all for you.” Ryan agrees. 

The love between the young couple is evident.

Watch to view the special moment that is sure to start Arianna and Ryan off on a marriage full of surprise, love and tenderness.

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