From the brides: We’re Hayli and Ophelia, and we met in 2010 through our alma mater’s Christian student group. Six years later, we got married in a small town in Maine. Though we didn’t plan or try for a “perfect wedding,” a perfect wedding happened to us.
On that sunny late-spring day, Ophelia’s brother provided ceremony music on the fiddle, and he and Hayli’s brother served as our best men. Our dearest friends prayed for us, and another dear friend— a former professor—officiated. Our menu and many of the decorations were provided by a family friend of Hayli’s who took our suggested theme, “The Shire—a lite version,” and ran with it like a hobbit to a hot pie.
It felt strange—unfair—to be celebrating the most wonderful day of our lives so soon after 49 precious lives were taken in Orlando, but we paid homage to them in the spirit of our celebration. To be surrounded by those who love and celebrate our love is an unmatchable gift, and we hope to live out that love for one another for many years to come.
Photos courtesy of Sandy Lowe & Becky Butler.