It is very easy to get swept up in “wedding mode” and lose sight that a wedding is just one day. It is a beautiful and wonderful day with memories that will last a lifetime, but it is one day. Thankfully, I never became one of those brides. At the forefront, we were planning our life together.
Over the last three months, Mike and I learned a lot about ourselves in marriage counseling, which I highly recommend to every couple getting married. Our mentors, Pastor Tom Loyola and his wife, Sue Ann, were invaluable in helping us prepare for a life together with God at the head of our household. Since they have been married for almost 33 years, they answered a lot of our questions and helped prepare us for the days, months and years ahead. Throughout this journey, we made two very good friends in the process.
Mike and I were very blessed to have our closest friends and family members stand up with us on the day of our wedding. My bridesmaids, Niki Lasko and Elise Loyola, and matron of honor, Jennifer Bonkoski, were my harmonizing girl group that Saturday. I am very blessed to have these three women in my life. My niece, Abby Gabriel, was my pretty flower girl and my friend, Jonah Lutz, was the most charming ring bearer I had ever seen. If we are blessed to have a little boy one day, I hope he is just like Jonah.
Mike’s brother Davy was his best man along with our matchmaker Brandon Bentley and Scott Findley as groomsmen. My friends, Alan Rathje and Francie Hill, served as a wonderful host and hostess. One of my favorite people, my great-aunt, Elaine Bicker, was our Scripture reader; she did an amazing job. One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony, for me, came when Gayle Honeywell sang, “This Ring.” Her voice was absolutely beautiful. And the ceremony could not have been complete without our ushers, who happened to be our uncles, Don Schaver and Bernie Gabriel.