And so a Fellowship of Rings was formed. Three threes: Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and Bride and Groom with Christ amidst them ...
Here we -- that's Amanda and Douglas -- introduce our party members in our own words. Amanda for her bridesmaids; Douglas for the groomsmen. Logical enough, we can assume.
I grew up with my cousins always around, or at least nearby. They were a big part of my life. Of course they had each other as siblings, but for me, they were closer than my siblings. Jentri, my self-proclaimed "favorite cousin", has such a sweet spirit. (Amanda)
Another of my cousins, though there is a greater difference in age between us. Some of my favorite memories are of a trip to the nearly deserted zoo we took one cool day, and of the many visits to haunted houses we enjoyed when she was little. (Amanda)
Stephanie is part of my church family, which means so very much to me. She's practically a force of nature, as passionate and as on fire for the Lord as she is. I am thankful for her positive, forgiving nature; I'm know I'm not always so easy to get along with! (Amanda)
One of my oldest friends, we grew up in the small town of Newberg, Oregon, and we've maintained our friendship. It's survived the test of time, and the test of brief roommate-ship. I thank the Lord he is as a forgiving man as he is. (Douglas)
Jeremiah is also an old friend. I've known him almost as long as Brent, but haven't been as close a friend until recently. A great man with a great heart and a great sense of humor. (Douglas)
Aaron wins out in the "knew the longest" category. My brother currently lives in New York. He's smart, funny with a sharp-wit, We've fought, rarely see eye-to-eye on just about anything you can speak of, but I am thankful I have a brother like him. There's a good chance that if he's seeing all these nerdy jokes, he's rolling his eyes. (Douglas)
I call them my nieces and nephews; these cuties are my cousins' kids. Close as they are in age, I couldn't very well ask one without asking them all, could I? We're thankful the rings both made it all the way down the aisle, and four flower girls has the benefit of a good coverage of flowers! (Amanda)