Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Church Gives Away Free Weddings

From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

By Kellie Bramlet

LEVELLAND Six cakes. Six couples. Six weddings. One weekend.

The equation makes things pretty busy for South Plains Church this weekend.

The church offered six free weddings, complete with decorations, cake, a photo and video package and hair and makeup provided, for six lucky couples.

Approximately 32 church members came together to make the wedding weekend happen.

“This is a privilege for us to be a part of,” said Pat Trice, organizer of the wedding weekend and wife of pastor Eddie Trice.

Trice said she hoped the free weddings would encourage long-lasting marriages.

For the first of the six couples to celebrate their wedding the special weekend meant a second chance.

J.D. and Jessica Rodriguez were married in 2002, but their relationship fell apart. The couple got a divorce. But a year and a half later, they mended their tarnished relationship. On Friday they said “I do” for the second time.

“We’re trying to do it God’s way the second time,” Jessica Rodriguez said.

When the couple planned to marry again, they sought marriage counseling at the church, where they are members. When Pat Trice came up with the idea for the wedding weekend, she first asked the Rodriguez’ if they would like one of the free weddings. The other five were available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The couple captured the idea behind wedding weekend: a family trying to make it work, Pat Trice said.

When Eddie Trice asked who presented the bride, three small voices shouted “We do!”

The Rodriguez children, Donovan, Orchid and Clover, made up most of the wedding party, and part of the reason why the couple celebrated the second wedding. Jessica said she wanted her children to see the importance and sacred nature of marriage.

J.D. and Jessica said they were very grateful to all those who had made their special day complete.

“This church is really out to help our community,” Jessica said. “They take what God says to do and make it happen for them.”

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