Skip The Dating Apps...

I’d like to introduce you to a very special couple: Scott and Lauren.

Their wedding day had all the elements that most wedding days have: family photos, time to get ready, things not going as planned, processional, recessional, the exchange of vows, smiles everywhere, and a festive reception. But there was something more—

it’s easy to get caught up in all the details of “The Big Day” but when the last guest leaves, it’s the vows that remain. And that’s Scott & Lauren’s “something more:” they’ve vowed to build their marriage on a foundation that doesn’t crumble. It’s held together by a three-fold cord that doesn’t break. Their love and commitment is a shadow-like reflection of Christ’s love: a love that goes beyond meeting halfway. It’s a love that shows up no matter what, in complete disregard of circumstances.

Scott and Lauren met the “old-fashioned” way (well, besides having your parents do the match-making): their friends introduced them. This was not just your causal, run-of-the-mill “hey, maybe Scott should meet Lauren” intuition. No. This was the fierce, sixth sense kind of feeling. One of their friends said, “I had a dream. Lauren and Scott HAVE to meet.” And she was right! (We all need friends like this in our lives!) And after meeting, then dating through most of COVID, it blossomed into a lifetime commitment of true, enduring love.

One of my favorite movies is “Princess Bride.” You’ll have to skip over the marriage scene, (where the clergyman is giving a comical but shallow address of marriage as he mispronounces “truu wuuv” and “mawiage”) to pull out the sweet lessons on true love in this blockbuster hit. Now, I’m not suggesting you use it as a framework for writing your marriage vows, but there’s wisdom in this movie—as Buttercup tells Prince Humperdinck, “We are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot trace that with a thousand bloodhounds and you cannot break it, not with a thousand words.” Such sweet words could melt the heart of even the coldest skeptic.

My advice? Skip the dating apps and compatibility tests and let your friends do the matchmaking. It had great results for Scott and Lauren!

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite Princess Bride quotes:

Miracle Max: "Get back, witch!"

Valerie: "I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” - Montoya

“Don’t rush me, sonny. You rush a miracle, maybe you get rotten miracles.” - Miracle Max

And enjoy a few shots from Scott & Lauren’s wedding—