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Unity rope ceremony unites couple

Angelina “Angie” Barber and Abraham “Abe” Barber married July 30, 2016, at a friend’s hilltop farm in Poulsbo.

HOW THEY MET: The couple met in the spring of 2010 at Angie’s 17th birthday party. “I was so glad to have him at the party, I gave him a big hug to thank him before he left,” remembers Angie. The couple texted each other throughout the summer. Then, in September, they had their first date, at a movie.
On that date they discovered their “shared love for Jesus, music, investing in friendships, outdoors, traveling and adventure,” remembers Angie. “We had both been praying and seeking God about our future spouses.”

“In six years we have done so much growing in Christ together,” says Angie. “By the grace of God, we have learned what it means to put Christ first in our relationship and live an abundant life by applying His word to our lives. We count ourselves blessed to be loved like this in our upcoming marriage, and that this love will grow stronger every day as the challenges and victories come.”

VENUE: “Our friend’s adorable farmhouse sat in the midst of the property, surrounded by gardens full of a variety of colorful flowers,” says Angie. “It was the perfect setting for our wedding celebration. Our friends worked tirelessly all year to make it as gorgeous as could be for our wedding, and we will be forever grateful.”

THEME, DECOR: The couple sought to make their wedding rustic, romantic and ethereal, using natural earth tones with a touch of dusty pink and bronze. The reception decor featured hand-painted Mason jars, green hydrangeas, burlap, tulle, lace and small chalkboard signs on every table. The 140 guests signed a slice of a large tree trunk.

Friends lent the couple a cross for the ceremony; it had been used at Easter Sunday worship services. The couple wanted a unity ceremony, so they chose to braid a rope. “Each strand of the rope signifies each person in the relationship: Jesus, my husband and me,” says Angie. “Our pastor explained the symbolism as we braided the rope. The ceremony is based on Ecclesiastes 4:12, ‘Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’”

SPECIAL MOMENTS: Remembering some of the special moments from her wedding, Angie says it’s hard to choose only one. As the reception wound to a close in the evening, the guests lined the driveway, holding sparklers, as the couple waved goodbye and “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones played in the background. Then the couple drove away in a friend’s 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air.

 “All I could think or feel was pure joy,” says Angie. “It happened! We’re finally married! My husband and I agree it was one of the happiest moments in our lives.”

Angie is a wedding photographer, and Abe is a construction plumber. They make their home in Poulsbo.

This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.

PHOTOS BY Fyrelite Photography

FLORIST: Florist in the Foothills

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Published on February 2, 2018.

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