We're so happy you're here with us for day #4 of Say Yes to the Modest Dress! Be sure to enter the giveaway today! And, if you care to share the posts on social media, please use the hashtag #sayyestothemodestdress. Thank you!
Today, we're welcoming... Oh, wait. Today, I am sharing my own wedding pictures and a few of my own thoughts! In case you are confused, Jones is my married name. Willis is my maiden and author pen name.
I was very blessed to find my dress at David's Bridal. As all of the dresses were pretty much sleeveless, we went with the option of a lace jacket. I fell in love with the medieval-like style of the dress and absolutely adored all of the bead-work. It reminded me slightly of Kate Middleton's wedding dress (except with a higher front). How could I resist?!
I wanted to be modest on my wedding day primarily because my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I am bought with a price. My body is not my own, and I feel that Scripture indicates many standards as far as what is (or is not) acceptable as far as dress goes.
I also really, really wanted to give the gift of my self to my husband. I wanted it to be a whole, complete gift - not one that I had been flaunting to others. But it was an easy choice. It is entirely possible and actually easy to be classy, stylish, modern, and still modest.
My husband has often said that he feels very, very special. I have always dressed modestly (following what the Lord laid on my heart for my own personal standards) and have kept myself for my husband. (He did the same for me - he has personal modesty standards too!) Purity in marriage is a gift that is made even sweeter when both spouses have been careful about avoiding flaunting their bodies to people who do not have a right to view it.
I wanted a pure white dress, as did Samuel. While off-white, cream, or even the traditional black used in some other countries are not wrong; the white just happened to symbolize all that I had been waiting to give my husband. For me, it symbolized the long years of waiting, praying, and the gift of purity and loyalty we were giving each other.
I was blessed by my fabulous bridesmaids. They all looked so lovely. They really proved that a woman can be stylish, modern, classy, and still honor the Lord. That was something I really loved about my wedding. My attendants, mom, and I were all dressed modestly - but we individually embraced the form God gave each of us as women and were able to wear (in my mind) lovely, fashionable dresses. I was able to customize the colors through K Couture - and the dresses were super affordable! And they were a super helpful company!
I'll leave y'all with one thought. So many girls are tempted to lower their standards on their wedding day. Bare shoulders and very exposed chests/bust-lines are all the rage right now. But please let me encourage you girls who are planning a wedding (now or one day in the future) to do your best to honor God. Everyone has differences in conviction on what is modest and what is not. Yet, let me assure you that you can be absolutely stunning on your wedding day without revealing parts of you that are only meant for your husband. If there is any part of you that you would not want another woman flaunting at your man, then please honor God by setting the standard with yourself. You don't have to cheapen yourself to be beautiful.
The King's daughter is all glorious within. As daughters of the King, we have a responsibility to honor Christ by dressing in a manner that best represents Him! We're princesses - and true princesses do not lower their dignity. True, gracious, ladylike modesty is a gift to ourselves as well as to Him.
Please welcome Jessica Tero of Par La Grace!
(Okay, at this point, I am insanely jealous of all you ladies who get to enter these amazing giveaways!!!) Jessica's shop and products are absolutely amazing!!! If I were you, I'd bookmark or pin some of her things just so you can have them for future gifts (for yourself or others!)
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