Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Wedding Day is Finally Here!

The wedding day started early morning with lots of folks in the honeymoon suite for pictures.
Linli's makeup artist and a team of photographers kept everyone busy.

We had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
This is a way for the bride and groom to show respect to their parents.

The wedding party was all there.
We met some of the sweetest people that day!


Told you there were lots of photographers! They followed our every move.
Precious Sunny is in the far right of the background. She hung with me and Terry all day.
I love this girl! She was right there translating for us and helping us understand what was going on!
Thank you sweet Sunny for everything! I want you to come to America to meet the rest of our family!

Clint & Linli with her parents. Wonderful people!
Wish we could have spent even more time getting to know them better.

On the balcony of the honeymoon suite. The view was spectacular!
Do we look like we have been drizzled rain on?

 The beautiful bride (and our new daughter-in-law), Linli outside at West Lake

Clint and Jacob Walling. Jacob's grandfather, Darrell Walling, was one of the elders at Westwood Church of Christ before his passing. Jacob lives in Chattanooga, TN and is in China teaching English.
Clint and Jacob actually MET in China! It was wonderful to get to spend time with Jacob and
get to know him. He was a big help to us that day! We appreciate you Jacob!

 Linli and Clint...

 With the bridesmaids...

 Jacob took a photo of me and Terry (told you he was a big help to us)!

The guy on the boat was taking a photo of us while we were taking a photo of him! Too funny!!

This archway was beautiful. My photo doesn't do it justice..

 Some things were actually in English for us tourists!

 More of the bride and groom...
Looks like he's thanking God for sending him Linli! Love this photo!

Kissing balls of beautiful roses before they were placed down the aisle...

A couple of the sweet bridesmaids at the guest register prior to the ceremony. 
The register was a beautiful tree that each guest put his fingerprint on and
then wrote his name on the fingerprint! A beautiful keepsake for the bride and groom.
It drizzled rain most of the day and it was unseasonably cool. Really a blessing!
Much better than being wet with sweat all day.
Notice the girls had put on shirts over their beautiful dresses to keep warm.

 Cupcakes, fruit, soft drinks and juices were served outside immediately after the ceremony.
Just enough to tide everyone over until the big reception.

 Love the sweet paper cones filled with babies breath

This cute little girl is indulging in a cupcake before the ceremony.

 Scriptures were etched on the windows in both English and Chinese.
I love how they used the trunks with the American flag as a way to
bring both countries together.

 Clint waiting on Linli's father to escort his beautiful bride to him...

 Here comes the bride! 
Linli changed into a second wedding gown for the actual ceremony.

The Gospel was presented to everyone.
The ceremony was done in both Chinese and English.
It was absolutely beautiful! A big thank you to Josh Davis for doing the English translations!

 Exchanging rings...

You may kiss your bride!

The wedding party...

 John and Jennifer Hardin are doing mission work in China. The are from Henderson, Tennessee.
What a sweet family! Clint and Linli study with them.

Linli's parents Xu Liangqi and Sun Lvyi, Bev McGee (from Murfreesboro, TN)
the happy couple and me and Terry

I suppose that is enough for now. I don't want to wear out my welcome.
I'll finish off the wedding post next time with some random shots and reception photos!
It was an absolutely beautiful wedding of two people that God truly has put together!
Oh yes, it rained showers of blessings after the ceremony! God is so very, very good!


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