What My Wedding Meant to Me

On January 3rd, 2015 I experienced my wedding day and it was something I will hold close to my heart forever. You see, I come from a family of mostly shotgun weddings. Abstinence was non-existent and elegance was foreign. So as I looked at myself in the mirror with my white dress, make up, and well-designed hair I just couldn’t seem to look away.

Feel Pretty

Lovelle, do you feel pretty?” my bridesmaid Lindsey asked me.

Yes” I said in amazement. “Yes, I really do.

My wedding symbolized so much more than marrying the man of my dreams. My wedding symbolized the redemption of a horrible past and God’s unfailing love. 

My white dress symbolized purity, a concept that was hard to accept because I was sexually abused. God really showed me the meaning of the verse in 2nd Corinthians 5:17. He says that those who find Christ are a new creation. Their old life is gone. They are made new…

My husband symbolized a broken cycle and true love with a person God chose specifically for me. As both of our families joined together and prayed around a corner (to keep from seeing each other before the wedding) I couldn’t be happier because even before we said “I do” we were able to start our new life off with a focus on God.

Family Prayer

I think one of my favorite memories though was the father daughter dance. It wasn’t even two years ago that I was without parents. I remember being on my knees praying to God. All I wanted was to be loved.

I never thought it was possible, but God answered my prayers by giving me two amazing parents and I can honestly say they are better than even my wildest dreams.

They were worth every bit of abuse.

They were worth the long journey of pain.

They were worth the confusion and every horrible situation I faced.

Father Dance

Its funny to me that the one thing that I thought I would never have in my wedding, God proved to be so. As I took my Dad’s hand and danced to our song I began thanking the Lord for the many gifts He had given me. When the song ended I grabbed my Mom and we all began to cry. We cried because we knew that this wedding wasn’t about us. It was about God, His ability to answer even the craziest of our hearts’ desires, and His ability to redeem.

In the past, I never really understood the significance of a wedding but now I do. It was the best day of my life and it was so full of joy. I want to relive this moment for the rest of my life.

My marriage was a celebration to God for everything that He has done. It was His love that saved me and it was His strength that sustained me. This wedding was proof that everything that was taken from me, God, in his love, redeemed.

~Lovelle ❤

46 thoughts on “What My Wedding Meant to Me

  1. Vicki Thomas

    Lovelle, I beautiful wedding story. I remember you when you first came to Saving Grace, shy did not say much. Then when I started getting your groceries. You reached out, and I would see hearts on the page. Then messages. You have blossomed, God overcame all the past and a wonderful woman was born. I am so happy I saw this journey with you. God Bless you dear and God bless your marriage. Love, Miss Vicki

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  2. Pam

    It was such a beautiful day for a beautiful person. You have trusted in God and your faith has been so strong. What a great example you are to others!

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  3. Katie

    Beautiful story! I have tears in my eyes from reading it. My prayer for you is that you always carry this feeling in your heart for the rest of your life. God bless you on your marriage!

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  4. Ana

    Beautifully written and the photos captured moments of truth that spoke through your words. Lovelle, well actually now Mrs. Gerth-Myers, you are a gift from God to so many who needed to hear your story. I am blessed and thank God for putting me on a path of righteous for His glory and am forever grateful that I was led to your Mom’s website/blog years ago. Your Mom was a life-line to me when I needed it the most in my life and to see how God has answered her prayers and now to see God’s hand upon your life, just wants to me make sing and shout out loud! I am privileged in knowing you now and I pray and ask God that His blessings be upon your marriage now and forever! God is good, all the time! Congratulations! More pics plzzz… 🙂

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  5. karrileea

    What a blessed day… so much longing and waiting and praying for coming to pass… coming to fruition! When your Mama posted a shot of that prayer around the corner, it just right undid me! Our God … He is so above and beyond! Blessings to you as you venture in to this whole new world!

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  6. Marjo Hadfield

    Lovelle, such a wonderful testimony, I am so happy for you, your husband and parents. Walking forward in this Joy of The Lord.
    God bless your marriage, the walk in Joy into the future.
    Congratulations Mrs Lovelle Gerth Myers.

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  7. Ugonma Iroaganachi

    Congratulations Lovelle. Yours is a story of grace and love. May God’s love, joy and peace continually reside in your home. Cheers, Yugo.

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  8. gayidle

    Your beautiful testimony brought tears to my eyes! God has indeed ‘restored the years the locust have taken.’ I wish for you God’s bountiful goodness and blessing in your marriage. God redeems so that we can break the cycle of broken-ness and begin again to create family as it was meant to be. It’s a new day!

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  9. Judy Seward

    What a beautiful story about a beautiful bride and her family! I have been blessed by your mom’s writing for several years. It has been amazing to see God’s perfect plan falling into place – from your mom’s heartbreak of not having children, to her meeting you at Saving Grace, to your adoption…and now a new chapter with your wedding. Thank the noth of for sharing your love in words and pictures…both a beautiful reflection of God’s love!

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  10. Michelle Bengtson

    Lovelle, you write beautifully – with authenticity and grace. You have been through trials that no-one should have to endure. But your story is a precious reminder that God does give us beauty for our ashes. God’s richest blessings on you and your marriage.

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  11. Jeri Taira

    This is so beautiful to read Lovelle. I experienced a similar past, but still have both parents. My husband and is family redeemed true family for me and displayed what God’s love and acceptance really means. I am so thankful you shared your story today. Blessings of more love, and more joy on your adventures ahead.

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  12. Maria Marino

    I don’t think I’ve seen a more beautiful bride Lovelle! Gorgeous! Must be from all the love inside shining through. Thank you for sharing your wedding story. Makes my heart leap with joy & brought tears to my eyes. What I love about this God-story is as you celebrate the gift of David, mom and dad they look at you and celebrate the gift of YOU – their dream come true! Thanking God for orchestrating this miracle of love. Blessings and joy as you begin this new chapter in your life! 🙂


  13. susieteramura

    Thank you for sharing your story- It is so beautiful and has encouraged me today as I am walking through my own brokenness- to keep holding on to God and all His wonderful promises. Blessings to you today! 🙂

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  14. Nina Ruth

    I just can’t stop crying! Your story gives my broken life so much hope of redemption!

    I pray every blessing in Jesus on you and your marriage!

    Nina Ruth 🙂

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  15. lynnjoan

    Love this story….and so happy for you….. “God is no man’s debtor”….remember that…my mom repeatedly reminded me of this growing up through all the hard times we had….and her prayer for me was that, “God would make it up to you.” God did for me, He did for you, and He will for anyone else who surrenders their heart to God. What an awesome God we serve! May you and your husband have many wonderful blessed days….and may they all be better than the last! 🙂 Blessings!

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  16. Sandra

    Beautiful… that is the word for the picture of you in your wedding gown & for the story of redemption that God has woven into your life. Congratulations!

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  18. Naomi

    Lovelle, what a wonderful & lovely story! It blessed & touched my heart deeply…!!! This is SO GOD…what a redeeming, restoring God we serve! I am very, very glad for you!!! Blesses me!

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