Olympia Christian wedding features classical music

When Meagan tells the story of meeting her husband, Nathan, she attributes their meeting to “divine means.” The story begins more than 30 years ago.

Their families met while attending Evergreen Christian Community in Olympia. Shortly after Meagan and Nathan were born, Nathan’s family started attending another church. The families lost touch. Years later, Nathan’s sister and brother-in-law started attending Meagan’s church, where she played violin. They told Nathan about Meagan. Intrigued by their descriptions, Nathan attended her church to meet her. “It was probably only a couple-minute conversation, but the sparks were sure flying, even in that short amount of time!” says Meagan. After eight months of dating, they were engaged for 10 months.

Olympia Christian Church Is the ideal wedding venue

Evergreen Christian Community was the perfect venue for this couple, given their past. While planning their July 20, 2013, wedding, the couple recognized the church’s history for both their families. “We firmly believe it is Him that brought us together, as there have been so many instances of perfect planning and timing throughout our whole lives that joined us at the exact right moment,” says Meagan.

A pastor helped the couple plan their “Christ-centered sermon” for their ceremony at Evergreen Christian Community. Their wedding ceremony focused on the couple’s faith and “the importance of our relationships with our family, as it is so rare for two families to come together that are so alike and have genuine love and respect for one another.”

Traditional Christian ceremony

Meagan and Nathan chose to have a formal and reverent ceremony to show their commitment to each other, with people they love witnessing their vows. It was important to the couple to invite all those who have had an impact on their lives. More than 450 people attended the ceremony and reception.

Classical music and traditional hymns

Meagan holds a performance degree in the violin and had performed at many weddings and events, so live music was important to include in the ceremony. “The quality of music can make a huge difference at an event,” says Meagan. A small orchestra — comprising four violinists, two violinists, a cellist, a string bassist and a pianist — played classical music during the ceremony. For the couple’s communion, the music was a hymn with a violin and piano duet. For the recessional, a guitarist sang and played an upbeat tune.

Light theme brings wedding to life

THEME AND DÉCOR: The couple used light as their theme as a spiritual context, “Jesus was sent to bring light into a dark world . . . and He called us to be lights of the world,” explains Meagan. A second aspect of the light theme is a nod to Meagan’s love of sparkly and bright décor. Hundreds of lights were used on the trees near the ceremony. Lights were behind the stained glass in the backdrop, and white lights hung above the head table at the reception. The bridesmaids wore sparkly jewelry, handmade by Meagan’s mother.

PERSONAL TOUCHES: Meagan wore a vintage Eisenberg ice necklace and matching bracelet. An Eisenberg brooch was pinned to the side of her gown. She had inherited the jewelry from a friend from church. “I wore them to enhance the light theme, as well as to remember our family friend since she is no longer with us,” explains Meagan.

UNIQUE DETAILS: The ceremony backdrop was custom made by Glen LaMar, a local artist and a family friend. He chose the backdrop’s paint color to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. The two sideways swirls in the backdrop represent an S for Stewart.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: After the toasts at the reception, Meagan invited Nathan to join her near the head table. As a surprise to her groom, she played “From This Moment On” on her violin. It was an emotional moment for Nathan — and the guests. “There was an unexpected reaction from everyone,” says Meagan.  “Afterwards he hugged me . . . for a very long time,” says Meagan. “It was such a sweet moment, and Nathan says it was his favorite part of the whole day.”

Nathan is a commercial airline pilot. Meagan is a medical scribe for physicians and also teaches private violin lessons. They make their home in Olympia.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alicia Clifford Photography

VENUE: Evergreen Christian Community

FLORIST: Amanda’s DFB Flower Co.

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Published on March 31, 2016.

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