My brother Tony got married yesterday and it was one of the most beautiful days EVER! Tony and his beautiful new bride, Christina, have been dating off and on for eight years! On Friday, at the rehearsal dinner, there was a time of sharing for this sweet couple. I (of course) could not get past the lump in my throat to share publicly. Instead, I waited till it was over and went and told them what was on my heart privately; therefore, saving everyone else from the tears that followed. 🙂
Tony was one of the siblings I was closest to growing up. I remember long days of playing outside riding bikes, digging in the dirt, and building forts. We always had a special bond. Through high school and into college Tony refers to as his “dark years”. Through those years there were lots of tears on my behalf, as I watched my brother struggle. I was so afraid for him. What was so hard was not being able to”save” him. No matter what I said or did, Tony had to find his way on his own. God had so much more for him and I knew he would find complete freedom and joy if he only surrendered. It was in God’s timing.
Today, I can say Tony is one of the greatest answers to prayer. He is a testimony to prayer for me. We serve a mighty, Mighty God and Tony and Christina’s love story is one of the most beautiful stories of grace and redemption I have ever known.
Tony and I have come full circle and its amazing to be close again, to have bonded with his wife, and share life together!
Matt and I were privileged to do their premarital counseling, and I truly believe that God will move mighty mountains with them. They are stronger together and God will use them to impact his kingdom. They will not just “make it” but be a love story that others look up to and are inspired/challenged by.
Their wedding day could have been on a dirt road and still been one of the most amazing moments ever because ultimately they walked away united and God was honored.
It was a beautiful day. I loved being so closely involved and able to make this one of the most amazing days of their lives! My sweet husband officiated the ceremony and my adorable Caleb was the cutest ring bearer you have ever seen!! J enjoyed a sucker (or two) during the ceremony. What you do with an almost three-year old to sit still:) Rea was amazing and between my sister, Joni, my friend Rachel and best friend Emily helping me with the kiddos during the ceremony…we all got to witness a beautiful moment…a beautiful day!