Linnea & Jim Celebrate in Indiana


It was truly a great joy to have been with Jim & Linnea (Smith) Baney for their wedding reception in Central Indiana on June 13. Their family and friends celebrated with them in a tent on The Smith Family Farm, owned by Linnea’s parents, just outside of Rochester, Indiana. There were many out of state guests in attendance with many traveling in from The Chicago Area. It is even more special for a wedding of two Christians, like Jim & Linnea, who love the Lord in which their marriage is a wonderful portrait of Christ’s Love for His Church.
The setting provided for a most festive atmosphere. Dave Smith, the father of the Bride, gave a most hospitable opening welcome. It was the first time I experienced a bride & groom being escorted in a tractor for their introduction, in this case with “Beautiful Day” by U2 in the background. They had fun cutting they’re wedding cake to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. After dinner they danced for the first time as newly weds to “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Linnea then danced with her father to the sound of “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. We opened the dancing with a romantic set which led into “The Twist” and a 50’s Jitterbug set. Guests enjoyed dancing to a variety of genres of tunes from Jim & Linnea’s music list. I loved seeing the young kids dance and have fun as well. Appropriatly played “Back Home Again in Indiana” and “My Kinda of Town”. Jim & Linnea wanted to honor everyone who was married and in doing so honor the sanctity of marriage which is fading away in today’s culture. The Anniversary Dance was that moment where married couples were encouraged to dance in which special honor going out to Linnea’s grandparents who had been married the longest.
Thanks for having had me for your reception and for all the wonderful Indiana Hospitality. The Three plus hour drive was more than worth the experience. Please check out the action photos. Jim & Linnea best wishes in your life together in Christ.


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