The Boilermaker Special is the official mascot of Purdue University, and celebrates the University's renowned engineering program. (And Adam has an engineering degree!) It was only fitting that we gather the wedding party for a photo on the Special. Toot toot! The Boilermaker Special makes appearances at home and away sporting events, and occasionally shuttles a wedding party around campus. Boiler Up!
On the steps of Hovde Hall.
The bell tower, site of Adam's proposal to Courtney. We're so glad she said yes!
The last official stop on the wedding day campus tour was the Purdue Memorial Union for the reception. Courtney's maid of honor and long-time best friend, Chellsey, entertained us with her speech recounting some of the memories they shared together over the years.
Best man David started out his speech by explaining how he was speaking for all 4 of Adam's older siblings and spouses, and the love they have for Adam and Courtney. Sort of a 'best man by committee.' He told how the 4 brothers had long ago decided that #2 would serve as best man for #1, #3 for #2, #4 for #3, then #1 for #4. He got a laugh by saying that Adam may never get his opportunity since Jonathan has no plans for marriage.
He closed the speech with the following:
In Purdue's fight song there is a line which says, "Ever grateful, ever true", which refers to how those singing feel about the university. I think it is a great motto for a marriage as well: ever grateful, ever true. First, be ever grateful for each other. As I mentioned above, you are both wonderful individuals, so don't take each other for granted. Thank God that you get to spend the rest of your life with someone so awesome, and make sure to tell each other how grateful you are as well. And lastly, be ever true to each other and your marriage. You can do this in a number of ways: be honest, work hard for one another, grow your faith in God together, and love each other unconditionally. May God bless you with health, happiness, and love, and to your marriage, may you always remain ever grateful, ever true.
I think he put it just right (and I can say that, since I'm his mom). :)
It was a beautiful wedding, and a special day in a place with many fond memories for our family. The wedding will be another treasured memory. A marriage is, as we know, more than just a wedding or a day. It is many days of give and take, love and laughter, mountains and valleys, sweat and tears, and lots of prayer. Adam and Courtney are on their way, as they seek to be grateful for the blessings God has given them, for the love and support of family and friends, and for the ways they bring out the best in one another. May they remain true to their God, their wedding vows, and their commitment to love and to cherish all the days of their life.
Ever grateful, ever true.
Photos by our friends Sarah and Rachel