About six months ago, I mentioned that one of the most significant honors of my life thus far was officiating one of my greatest friends' weddings. I was just looking through Daniel & Sarah's photos again, and wanted to share a few! (Well done with these photos,Logan!)
- I am super excited to show you a quick preview of SerialBox Presents: Season 2. It has been so fun to work on this with Ryan & Company. Also really stoked for Foundry to be doing the website. For now, enjoy the trailer:
Tim Keller always bringing it: "The gospel is inside-out: an inner change of heart leads to a new motivation for and conduct of behavior." Excited to dig into some of the Center Church resources here soon also.
Loving this Aural Method record.
Up in Pasadena enjoying a wedding weekend, but here are some fun things from the week:
- Really dig this Chris Burkard photo:
Been listening to the Tree Ring all week after the house show earlier this week. The songs are SO good.
Interesting for Google be releasing a competitor to Evernote...
IC + SXSW + Noah Gunderson: Sweet.
Love trying out new apps, and if you're just looking for a spot to write and eventually collaborate, Draft seems pretty cool.
It's September! What?!
- Being a lover of San Diego, this video by Kevin Falk (from XOXO Wedding Studio) is really is fun to watch. We live in a beautiful city.
I am really excited to share the latest from my extremely talented cousin, Stephen Greenwood: Polygon. Read about & watch it here. This series will give a brief history of video game publications, and why there's never a good time to launch a new one. Stephen has a knack for making interesting content really interesting. Excited to keep up with this.
You've probably heard of Mint, but if for some reason you don't have an app to track your personal finances, you have to give it a shot. Mint hooks up with your debit/credit cards, has great iOS apps, keeps budgets for you ... it's incredibly useful.
I haven't listened to The Album Leaf in a while, but I stumbled onto his new record, the original soundtrack for "Torey's Distraction", on Spotify and have really loved it. Incredibly calming, more acoustic than previous records, nice etherial guitar work, perfect background music. I will be working to this during late nights for the foreseeable future.
If you haven't to J. Thoven yet, here's a Labor Day weekend treat for you:
Beautifully said. All of it.
The fun-loving Wyatts cutting their cakes. Be sure to take a look at the Groom’s Cake - the “Beard Cake” made by Liz Harrison. The Bride’s cake, a “Flower Cake” made by Murph Holder, is harder to distinguish in this photo but also worth seeing. Photo courtesy of Jessica Fasnacht.
The Wyatt Wedding: June 19, 2011.
The Wyatt Wedding: June 19, 2011.
There was concern at one point in the week for rain and thunderstorms but, of course, they never crashed the party. Honestly, it was too good of a party to ruin. Even if these hooligans had arrived with all their melancholy gloom and pessimism, I am certain that they would have changed their disposition and joined in the laughter, meaning, joy, dancing, and feasting that crowded the evening hours of last Saturday.
The ceremony was Beautiful. Beautiful beyond what the word is commonly used to describe. Visually, the wedding party – in this case, witnesses – were dressed nice (albeit shoeless) and the ornate old church with her stained glass lit by June’s sun. The Groom stood handsomely in his favorite earth tones, tears shimmering in his eyes. The Bride outshone all the millions of this great city as she radiated grace. I, for one, thought that she had a fairy dust glow about her. Angela was stunning.
But the Beauty of this wedding ceremony was deeper and more transcendent than these normal traits. The traditional bridesmaids or groomsmen dressed in matching costumes were replaced by prayerfully chosen witnesses: married couples or single people of important meaning to this marriage relationship, asked to pledge life-long commitment to seeing the Wyatts flourish. Important meaning. These two words sincerely describe every aspect of the night. The children of Apostles Church, beloved by their children’s ministry leader Angela and Bryson both, all charged down the center aisle in a dead sprint to give the Groom a massive hug before the Bride entered. The whole congregation attending was told that shoes were optional because of Angela’s own feelings toward God having Moses remove his sandals while standing in his presence. Our pastor, JR, was heavy with heartfelt emotion as he reflected on Angela’s journey in Jesus and the story now unfolding between she and Bryson.
Beyond all else, the gospel was on display. The Groom’s role as exemplifying Christ’s love, laying down his life for us, was emphasized. We all, with Angela, were reminded of how blessed we are to be called his dearest Brides. Songs were sung celebrating Jesus and thanking him for the costly grace he poured out on us. Our hearts were moved. The Spirit’s presence was felt. Beauty was not just seen but experienced. Beauty from beyond the borders of this wounded world.
I think I will forever equate the dusk of summer to that splendid garden atmosphere during the wedding reception. Broad, young Brooklyn leaves sheltered a collision of colors, people, stories, voices, songs, and vittles. Tables overflowed with wildflowers, quiet conversations, and loud guffaws. Hotdogs were cooked on the grill as children wore themselves out in the summer grass. Cold drinks in ball jars and frozen fruit defeated the final hours of daylight’s heat just as the dancing truly ensued. Cameras flashed and the guests cut loose or, rather, cut up. As Angela would have it, magic was in the air. Cakes were sliced, the father danced proudly with his cherished Bride, and, before too long, the Wyatts were off. This most wonderful of days had come to its end.
That’s the way all weddings should be.
My best friend, as much a brother as my own flesh and blood, is now married to the most amazing of brides (and a dear friend). This is an extraordinary thing. So honored to have been part of such a wonderful event, permeated by the love of Christ. Here’s to you, Wyatts. Love you two.
The Beautiful Wedding Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Cindy Brittain.
Great to get a few days in the city with the college roommates of 511 Old Jersey. Photo courtesy of Katelyn Taylor.
A much appreciated shot with the newly married Wyatts and one beautiful Ms. Megan Rose Hitz. Photo courtesy of Cindy Brittain.
The men of 511 Old Jersey are getting old. Or else we really haven’t changed at all. Photo courtesy of Paige Langford.
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