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My Best Friend’s Wedding

That’s a title I wasn’t sure I’d get to write. But God is faithful, and God is good beyond measure. My best friend, Rebekah, married her Richard on December 17th. And they are lovely together.

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the happy couple


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Dr. Pringle prays over his daughter’s wedding rehearsal


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rehearsal dinner


Rebekah is my dearest friend, and she and I met in college over a decade ago now.Dec4008

There are many beautiful qualities I could highlight about my friend, but the one that has been most impressed on my heart is Rebekah’s intentionality in rejoicing with those who rejoice—even when the happiness she’s celebrating in another’s life is the very happiness she’s longing for in her own life.

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bridal brunch


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the soon-to-be Mrs. Yamada


Ten years ago, Rebekah was a bridesmaid in my wedding (and I’m thankful I got to return the favor). She helped me see what a treasure Stephen is.

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2016: her wedding-2005: my engagement-same Christmas tree-same dear friend


Though hoping for marriage herself, Rebekah always chose joy as she celebrated not only my marriage, but the marriages of her friends and family around her. She did this in big sacrificial ways like flying to AZ to watch my kids so Stephen and I could have an overnight date. And she celebrated my marriage in small ways like addressing letters to “Mrs. Stephen Moody” when she could have just written “Elisabeth.”Dec4004Dec4003

When babies came my way, Rebekah adopted my kids as her own niece and nephews. As anyone can see, “Aunt Bekah” is one of the proudest titles Rebekah wears!

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all nine of Rebekah’s nieces and nephews were part of the celebration


Rebekah’s friendship has grown my faith as we’ve memorized Scripture, read books together, and laughed, cried, and prayed over the phone. We’ve weathered some tough and happy times together, and Rebekah consistently pointed me to Christ—sometimes she even carried me to Christ when I didn’t have the strength to walk myself.Dec4013

For years, I’ve been praying that God would bless Rebekah with a husband who would love her like Christ loves the church. And this year God answered those prayers in Richard. Dec4010

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her big brother officiated the wedding


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her colors were forest green, blush pink, white and cranberry


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I love this shot of Rebekah’s niece watching adoringly


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with ten bridesmaids, the powder room was a happening place


Richard, you’ve been long waited for, long prayed for, and long hoped for. God is good and gracious to bring you and Rebekah together. I pray your covenant of marriage mirrors the union of Christ and His bride, as you live out your vows to each other.

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introducing Dr. & Mrs. Richard Yamada


Congratulations, Richard and Rebekah!

Love,
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