Rebecca West: Words & Music

an autobiography by Rebecca Lynn West

Chapter 14

With This Ring

The morning sun rose to kiss the clouds and the new day that dawned was the most beautiful day of my life.

July 25, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. on the most beautiful Saturday morning, Bob and I were united in marriage at the River of Life Family Church in Alton, Illinois. There was laughter, tears of joy, and a glorious celebration. And this was the program:

Wedding Celebration of
Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Tonight I Celebrate My Love"
Timeless Love Songs
-- Goffin/Masser Music --

"Have I Told You Lately"
Rod Stewart -- Morrison --


"Old Friend of Mine"
written by Bob West
Arrangement & Composition by Rebecca
Soloist -- Fred Church
Piano Accompaniment -- Barbara Church

"Rebecca, I Love You So"
Composed and Arranged by Barbara Church
(Piano Solo)

Wedding Vows

Music: "The Trees of the Field"
(Isaiah 55:12) -- Stuart Dauermann --

Wedding Party
Minister -- Mark Church
Matron of Honor -- Barbara Church
Bridesmaid -- Bette Yates
Best Man -- David West
Groomsman -- Jonathan West
Flower Girl -- Destiny Faith Church
Ring Bearer -- Isaiah Bryan Church
Guest Registry -- Marilyn Smalley
Photography -- Fred Gore
Wedding Coordinator -- Bev Albright

The beautiful songs, "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" from Timeless Love Songs, Goffin/Masser Music, and "Romantic Melodies" by Kenny G were playing as the wedding guests arrived.

Everyone was seated and it was time to begin. My nephew Mark Church, the minister who would perform the ceremony, walked from a side door to centerstage at the front of the auditorium. He was followed by my fiancee Bob West, his son and Best Man David West, and Bob's grandson and Groomsman Jonathan West. All four men watched as Matron of Honor Barbara Church came down the aisle, followed by Bridesmaid Bette Yates and Flower Girl Destiny Church and Ring Bearer Isaiah Church.

My brother-in-law Fred Church and I were waiting patiently for the song, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," which was our queue to start walking down the aisle.

During the ceremony Fred sang "Old Friend Of Mine," a praise song to Jesus written by Bob. I had arranged and composed the music. The keyboard accompaniment was played by my sister Barbara.

Then Barbara played "Rebecca, I Love You So," an instrumental she had composed and arranged for our wedding. There is no one who I would rather hear playing the piano than my sister and I was so happy that she was a part of our wedding.

During our engagement Bob had sung to me a line from a song several times that said, "With this ring I thee wed, an Angel here beside me, just a moment more and heaven will be mine." When Mark asked Bob to repeat the wedding vows after him, Bob leaned over and whispered that song to me and everyone thought he did not hear Mark! But he did, and it was so special that he said those words to me during our wedding ceremony.

After our wedding vows were said and we were pronounced husband and wife, the song, "The Trees Of The Field Shall Clap Their Hands" (Isaiah 55:12), was played as Bob and I "danced" back down the aisle together, a happy married couple. It was a new beginning to me and Bob, and the Holy Spirit had orchestrated it all.

Bob's daughter-in-law Vickie said to him, "Dad, you look 25 years younger! You even walk different."

A lady approached David, Bob's son, and asked him if he and Bob were brothers! David replied, "No. That's my Dad! He just looks younger since he met Rebecca."

My niece Destiny Faith Church was our little flower girl. When she met Bob a week earlier, she loved him immediately. After the wedding she cried and wanted to come to North Caroiina with us. She made me cry too.

After the wedding we had a beautiful reception in the church coffee shop. Our wedding cake was so elegant! It was a three-tiered cake with very small ice pink flowers and pale green leaves. Bev had even made the punch with my mother's recipe, and that was very special to me.

Harold and Mary Heird, my dearest friends from Branson, Missouri, drove five hours to attend our wedding. They are so special to me and I was surprised to see them. Previously, I had told Mary that if they could not attend that I would certainly understand. It made my day even more special.

After the small wedding reception at the church, the family and wedding attendants went with us to Josephine's Tea Room for a full course dinner. It was a glassed-in room, very romantic, intimate, and beautifully decorated.

Then Bob and I went back to Barbara and Fred's house to change clothes and packed our suitcases and my car for our trip home to North Carolina. We waved goodbye as we drove out of their driveway. I had a smile on my face, but a little tear let me down. I was so happy to be married to Bob and to start my new life. Words cannot begin to express how happy I was, but I was leaving my family and those who had been my life for such a long time. I knew I would see them again soon, but my love for them runs deep and I knew I would miss them.

My thoughts soon turned to the trip ahead and our honeymoon, which Bob had planned so perfectly.

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