On June 8th 2015 many of you know that I remarried. This was truly a beautiful special day in my life. I was able to marry the most amazing man. Brian and I met earlier this year. I remember the day in January that we meet for a early dinner. We had spoken on the phone and through texting conversations and I felt an instant friendship with him already. I mentioned to him that I knew we would be great friends.
Since I had never thought about the possibility of remarriage I was safe. However, I became nervous to go to dinner. This was not like me. Why was I feeling so nervous? I told my office staff that I was going to cancel that day. Bridget, Brie and my friend TC talked me into going. I somehow "knew" before even meeting him that there was "something about him" that I liked. We meet at a local sushi restaurant. I met him there so I could leave fast if needed. Then it was literally almost five hours we sat and talked. It was INSTANT. I loved his personality and his gentle soul. We talked about life and our children and that he went to University of Utah and I went to BYU- Big RIVALS. We joked and laughed. We drank a ton of diet cokes. We ordered a bunch of food. The food arrived and it went untouched. We sat and talked and talked. I don't remember people coming or going... it was just a deep conversation and connection. It was magical and comfortable. I felt like I knew him.
Brian and I connected with our faith, values and what was most important to us in life. When we finally had to go, yes, the restaurant closed at 10 pm. I had to pick up my daughter and Devan from the airport, so he gave me a simple friendly hug. I got into my car and called my friend who was about to call the police. She had been texting me all night and was seriously worried at this point. I She was sure that he had kidnapped me and I was a goner. She was so worried, because WHO does five hour dinners? I assured her that I was okay and she asked about the dinner. I told her I had no idea if he even liked me, but I thought he was amazing and we would be great friends. I talked and shared more and then she said, "You are going to marry this guy." I told her she was CRAZY. I said, "I don't even know if I will see him again." Then within 30 minutes he sent me the sweetest text. He said that he had never experienced anything like that night and that time had stood still with me and he had a great night. He wanted to definitely get together again.
The next day I went to my office and everyone was asking how it was. I was smiling and they knew. I told them that it was "UNREAL" to have this connection to someone. I really liked Brian as a person and he is so kind that I felt blessed to have met him. The next thing I know it's about 10:30am and he texted me. Brian said that he was at work trying to focus but he was getting no work done because ALL that he could think of was me. He asked to call me that night. We talked on the phone for over six hours- until 4 am. Yes, sleep deprivation started fast.
That is how our love story started and I simply KNEW then and know now that he was the one who I would find love again with. It was completely what they call a "fairy tale" or "love story." I never thought I would smile and feel this way again. I told Brian that I was the saddest I had ever been. I was lost in so many ways for the first time in my life. I remember when McKay came home from her mission in December and being on my knees in prayer. I literally begged for Heavenly Father to help me to feel "ME" again and to find JOY in a hard time in my life. I was praying nonstop and spent so much time on my knees. I was not praying for a "man." I was I was simply praying for the desire to be the woman and mother that I was before.
I know that Heavenly Father knows exactly what and when we need in our life. This was never the timing I had planned- to find love again. I firmly believe God has his own timing and we sometimes don't understand his PLAN but this is where FAITH comes in. So here are just a few of the beautiful photos from our wedding day. It is my hope and wish that you EACH are able to find the SPARK, SMILE and LOVE in your own life and heart.
If you are ever in a dark or hard time in your own life... know that YOU can endure it. I did and continue to do so. You can and will find comfort. It may take time. Be patient and know that I I personally know this to be true. NEVER GIVE UP...
This was a beautiful day for a wedding. We got married at Tuscany/Francks restaurant venue here in Utah. It was the same place that he proposed to me. We had wanted to get married in one of the LDS temples, but we both had been previously sealed to our spouses. I won't go into this situation, but we would have loved to have been married there if possible. This was the perfect place since this was not possible in our situation.
I wanted it to be SIMPLE and the focus to be on the marriage and what this meant to us. The colors were blush, platinum silver, gold and white. The garland on the gazebo was made from lemon leaves. My dear friend Lara helped make these along with TC and Brian's mother, Pat. We did simple poms with ribbon to decorate the white chairs.
This cake was gorgeous and the photos do not do it justice. The band is GOLD and the flowers are real. The designer was Flour & Flourish and she did the "insanely" yummy macarons too.
I was getting ready for the ceremony. Rochelle did my makeup that day- she does wedding hair, make up (spray), lashes, etc. I would recommend her for any occasion. You can find her on FACEBOOK at Pretty Edgy Hair and Lashes. Trust me you would love her!!!
I love my girls. How in the world did I get blessed to have these sweet daughters? McKay was a huge help setting up that day with her brothers. Taylor has to be careful having twins and looked amazing. Gentry has her sweet newborn Cooper. I was told he was fussy that day.
This is my sister Shelley. She flew in from Hickory NC. Yes, she wanted to support Brian and I and our children. She loves me and got to meet Brian for the first time. Thankfully, she loved him. Whew!!!! I love my sister so much. I can't thank her enough for coming to support us.
Dressing room... I was not nervous at all. Then TC came and told me that Brian had arrived. She said he had tears in his eyes and was so excited. I lost it in the dressing room. I never had one doubt that this was "too fast" or not right. I followed the strong promptings in my heart.
I am so addicted to pink peonies. I loved the blush candles.
I absolutely LOVE the father that Brian is. He has four children. This is his oldest daughter. I adore this sweet girl. The first time I met her, it was a natural connection. He has a son serving a full time mission in Ecuador right now. Brian also has two children that live with their mother.
|Devan blessed us by playing "A THOUSAND YEARS" on the piano as I walked down the aisle.|
My handsome 17 year old son, walked me down the aisle. He was nervous, but he did great. I was so touched that he did this.
Many of you may wonder. How are my children doing? I am so thankful and happy to say that they like Brian and they love me. We are FAMILY and we support each other. Seth is on his mission and he was so supportive and happy for me. This meant so much. Matt and Kayla were not able to come since they just had closed and were moving into a beautiful new home. Thankfully, the children see the light and happiness in my life. Brian is not their dad. He is a blessing to them and in our family. My boys love that Brian plays golf too. The boys have a strong and good male role model who loves them. They will forever miss their dad.
We were married by my church Bishop Boyle. I love this GIANT of a man. I don't remember too much of it. I was smiling, happy and feeling so thankful for the kids, family and close friends who came to witness our marriage.
Lizzie Rosen played the violin with Devan to "A THOUSAND YEARS" and it was beautiful.
This was a DIY wedding. I printed the invites, programs and everything in my office on my Canon PIXMA iP8720 printer. I used blush card stock and my TC GOLD ribbon tape.
I loved the small feel of this special day. I could not be happier to have our children there to start the beginning of our new life chapter...
This is all of our children with the exception of his son serving a mission. I am so thankful for Brittany Ting photos that captured this beautiful moment and day. She is a photography major at BYU.
Weddings and celebrations should be FUN. Yes, Devan and Zach are goof balls. I loved that everyone seemed to have a great time.
This is the beginning of GOING on.
THIS is exactly what Heavenly Father and what I know in my heart was supposed to be.
I adore this man. I adore our children. I will forever be grateful to have a husband to share my life with.
I am grateful to every single one of you who have loved and supported us. I am grateful for Brian's family who have welcomed me and loved me instantly. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and love.