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Aliso Viejo, California JULY 20, 2019
note from the couple On this 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969, we are privileged that you have chosen to share this special day with us. We are so grateful to the Lord and to all our family and friends for the love and grace we have received. After the wedding, we will be heading to the Caribbean for our honeymoon cruise before we settle into our new home in Alexandria, VA. Please come visit us in the Washington, DC area! We would love to see you. God's blessings on each of you!
Richard and Tammie
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-13
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-14
Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness
Our Favorite Quotes
Our Story April 22, 2012 seemed like any other Sunday in Washington, DC. The streets were quiet as thousands of DC residents headed to church or slept in. That morning, at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), a few hundred DC folks listened to Pastor Mark Dever deliver a sermon on James 5:12-18.
Richard was surprised. He himself was from the Philippines – although he grew up in the United States. But he thought, she didn’t look Filipina. So he asked, “How did that happen?” Tammie explained to him that her parents are missionaries and, although she was born in Oklahoma, she and her family had moved to the Philippines when she was five years old and lived there until she was sixteen. “Can you speak Tagalog?” he asked. “Yeah,” she responded. “Ooh,” he said, “say something in Tagalog!”
HE HAD NEVER MET A SINGLE PERSON WHO WASN’T FI LIPINO OR FILIPINA SPEAK TAGALOG. Immediately after the service, 28-year old Richard Lim headed over to the basement of the church for a lunch organized by the church’s International Student Ministry. In the middle of lunch, Richard met a cute brunette 23-year old named Tammie Harrison. Immediately, he found himself attracted to her warm and bubbly personality. His curiosity piqued, Richard asked her where she was from. She told him that she had grown up in
Tammie sometimes felt awkward whenever she was asked to speak Tagalog – it was never as natural to speak in any language after being asked to speak it. Still, she indulged him with a sentence or two. Richard marveled. He had never met a single person who wasn’t Filipino or Filipina speak Tagalog. Almost everyone that he ever heard speak the language was a family member of his. They continued to talk about other places they had
the Philippines. “The Philippines?!” he asked, a bit
lived. Richard learned that Tammie had also grown
surprised. “Yeah!” she responded.
up in Israel, as well as Oregon.
Along the way, she had picked up Mandarin Chinese, a little bit of Hebrew, and was learning some Hindi. He knew that there was something different about Tammie. The way she laughed and smiled; the ease with which they conversed; her pleasant personality and sense of humor; her modesty and wholesomeness; her knowledge and curiosity about the world; and the fact that she knew his birth country and his culture better than he did. Instinctually, he knew he wanted to get to know her more. It’s hard to remember all of the details in those early days. They had several mutual friends and saw each other at different events. Tammie lived near Richard’s neighborhood and found many opportunities to see Richard more, i.e. asking him to help move, run errands, etc. They even took the same metro to work and got off at the same stop. They invited each other to social events. They got to know each other more and that connection grew. But it was not to be… at least not yet. In 2013 they had begun dating, but for various reasons, it didn’t work out. Over the years, they remained friends and continued to see each other at various social events.
By 2016, Tammie moved to Taiwan to live near her parents. Richard and Tammie had very little contact. It seemed that they had both moved on… But wait, there’s more! She came back to the United States in the fall of 2017. By then, they both had a few more years of experience under their belts. As the fall became winter, he and Tammie were talking more and more. He started inviting her to events again and vice versa. After Christmas break, in January 2018, they went on their first official date, having dinner at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, VA. The more they dated, the more their best hopes were realized – they were in love and wanted to marry each other. By April 2018, Richard took Tammie to Southern California to introduce her to his family – as a way of signaling to them that she was the one.
HE KNEW THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT HER.
On June 12, 2018 at the Smithsonian Castle, Richard asked Tammie to marry him.
His family fell in love with her and vice versa. On June 12, 2018 in Washington, DC, just behind the Smithsonian Castle, Richard Lim asked Tammie Harrison to marry him. She said yes. Since then, Tammie and Richard have grown closer as they’ve prepared for marriage. They traveled a great deal in 2018 – to Austin, Texas in September, Toronto in October, Dallas in November, and to South Dakota and California for Christmas and New Year’s. They’ve met several of each other’s family members and friends.
Thanks to Tammie, Richard has learned a lot more about Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, and Anne of Green Gables. Thanks to Richard, Tammie’s learned a lot more about George Washington and Neil Armstrong Richard recently began a job at a political communications firm in Arlington, Virginia. Tammie is currently an IT consultant in Washington, DC. They feel very blessed by God’s provision and by the wonderful family and friends He has placed in their lives.
bridal party PARENTS OF THE GROOM PARENTS OF THE BRIDE HOST OFFICIANT BEST MAN MAID OF HONOR GROOMSMEN
Herbert and Liliana Chiu Jeffrey and Karen Harrison Jordan Wilson Frederick Ylaya Ryan Jolicoeur Rachel Burns Angelo Medel, David Chung, Christopher Malagisi, Paul Hart
Faye Ou, Linda Wu, Breanna Moore, Eva Wu
RINGBEARER FLOWER GIRLS USHERS
Aaron Chung Callie Rae Bradstreet, Abigail Ahlers Tariq Seifullah, Bridger Roy, Jeff Chang, Greg Prather
Wedding Program PROCESSION PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE CALL TO WORSHIP PRAYER HYMN: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 4:4-13 HYMN: BE THOU MY VISION SCRIPTURE READING: COLOSSIANS 3 MESSAGE EXCHANGE OF VOWS AND RINGS HYMN: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE THE RECESSIONAL
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY EARLY IN THE MORNING OUR SONG SHALL RISE TO THEE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY MERCIFUL AND MIGHTY GOD IN THREE PERSONS BLESSED TRINITY HOLY, HOLY, HOLY THOUGH THE DARKNESS HIDE THEE THOUGH THE EYE OF SINFUL MAN THY GLORY MAY NOT SEE ONLY THOU ART HOLY; THERE IS NONE BESIDE THEE PERFECT IN POWER, IN LOVE, AND PURITY HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY ALL THY WORKS SHALL PRAISE THY NAME IN EARTH AND SKY AND SEA HOLY, HOLY, HOLY MERCIFUL AND MIGHTY GOD IN THREE PERSONS BLESSED TRINITY HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY ALL THY WORKS SHALL PRAISE THY NAME IN EARTH AND SKY AND SEA HOLY, HOLY, HOLY MERCIFUL AND MIGHTY GOD IN THREE PERSONS BLESSED TRINITY GOD IN THREE PERSONS BLESSED TRINITY
REJOICE REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS.
I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. PHILIPPIANS 4:4-13
Be Thou My Vision Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best Thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord Thou my great Father, I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise Thou mine Inheritance, now and always Thou and Thou only, first in my heart High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art High King of Heaven, my victory won May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heav'n's Sun Heart of my own heart, whate'er befall Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
THEREFORE, AS GODâ€™S CHOSEN PEOPLE, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER IF ANY OF YOU HAS A GRIEVANCE AGAINST SOMEONE. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. AND OVER ALL THESE VIRTUES PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS THEM ALL TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY. COLOSSIANS 3:12-14
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS O GOD MY FATHER THERE IS NO SHADOW OF TURNING WITH THEE THOU CHANGEST NOT THY COMPASSIONS THEY FAIL NOT AS THOU HAST BEEN THOU FOREVER WILL BE GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS MORNING BY MORNING NEW MERCIES I SEE AND ALL I HAVE NEEDED THY HAND HATH PROVIDED GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS LORD UNTO ME PARDON FOR SIN AND A PEACE THAT ENDURETH THINE OWN DEAR PRESENCE TO CHEER AND TO GUIDE STRENGTH FOR TODAY AND BRIGHT HOPE FOR TOMORROW BLESSINGS ALL MINE, WITH TEN THOUSAND BESIDE GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS LORD EVERY MORNING NEW MERCIES I SEE AND ALL I HAVE NEEDED THY HANDS HATH PROVIDED GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS LORD UNTO ME SO FAITHFUL TOO ME
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IN PRAISE OF MARRIAGE Erasmus
The affection of a wife
IF YOU HAVE NONE, YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN SEEK IT FOR YOU. IN TIMES OF
IS NOT SPOILT BY FAITHLESSNESS, IS
PROSPERITY, HAPPINESS IS DOUBLED; IN
VEILED BY NO PRETENCE, IS SHATTERED
ADVERSITY THERE WILL BE SOMEONE TO
BY NO CHANGE OF FORTUNE; IN THE END
CONSOLE AND ASSIST YOU, TO SHOW HER
IT IS SEVERED BY DEATH ALONE, OR
DEVOTION, TO WISH YOUR MISFORTUNE
RATHER NOT EVEN BY DEATH. SHE
HERS. DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY
DISREGARDS HER DUTIES TO HER
PLEASURE TO BE COMPARED WITH SO
PARENTS AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS
CLOSE A UNION? IF YOU ARE AT HOME,
OUT OF LOVE FOR YOU, SHE LOOKS UP TO
SHE IS THERE TO DISPEL THE TEDIUM OF
YOU ALONE, SHE DEPENDS ON YOU, WITH
SOLITUDE; IF ABROAD, SHE CAN SPEED
YOU SHE WOULD FAIN DIE. IF YOU HAVE
YOU ON YOUR WAY WITH A KISS, MISS
WEALTH, YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO LOOK
YOU WHEN YOU ARE AWAY, RECEIVE YOU
AFTER IT AND INCREASE IT;
GLADLY ON YOUR RETURN.
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." C.S. Lewis
"I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change." George Washington to Martha Washington June 23, 1775
"ALL OTHER SUCCESS...COUNTS FOR NOTHING COMPARED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE MAN IN WINNING THE ONE WOMAN WHO IS ALL THE WORLD TO HIM." THEODORE ROOSEVELT
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