Less than a week later, and I’m back at Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center in Livonia, MI. I also made a new friend tonight. If you happen to be in the Lansing area, look up Ben of Benjamin David Photography. All of the pictures in the post are thanks to him.

This time, I played for THE HOTTEST crowd of 2014. To everyone else that I’ve played for this year, I’m sorry. Nothing beats the energy of an Arabic/American wedding.

But that’s not what made this event special.

Yes: it’s awesome when two cultures can share the same dance floor for a night. Sure, it’s wonderful that a bride & groom love each other.

But when the groom beats cancer…I mean, c’mon now.

This opportunity came my way because of the groom. I’ve known Adam for years and in the last decade our paths crossed by way of our home base at North Ridge Church. Adam asked if I would play and I was more than happy to make that happen.

By the time the wedding rolled around, Adam had completed his final chemotherapy treatment to get rid of an ugly cancer that doctors found in his body. His beautiful bride Meagan and their families all rallied around Adam to get him through it.

And boy did he!

To say that this wedding was just “fun” doesn’t do it justice.

This event was a BLAST!

Not only did the crossing of cultures bring out the best in the night, but I was also able to run in to a lot of my North Ridge crew.

A lot of the Arabic traditions were saved for during the open dancing time.

Another special moment came when one of the bridesmaids and her husband actually sang a song that they had written for the bride and groom.

Meagan and Adam: you know Who is in control of your future and I’m thankful that you recognize that. I wish you two the best and know that you can get through anything with His help.

From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for letting me share in the beginning of this amazing journey!
 


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