Oh, how do I begin? I have been absent so long, I suppose the best way is to reintroduce myself…
Hello my dears! This is Brigid Everson, formerly known as Brigid Boyer. It has been over a month, and I have not only changed my name, but have gone on so many wonderful adventures with the wonderful man in the photo above, since I last wrote a post for you all; and believe me, I have missed blogging! But I wanted to wait until I could share the photos from my wedding day, the beginning of my newest adventure with you all. At last the day has come, even as my wedding day finally did, and you all at long last get to see the beautiful day that God gave to Gabe and I. Warning, this post may contain the most pictures of any Boyer Sisters’ blog post thus far, so have patience while they load. 😉
I woke up at 6am the day of the wedding, and the first thought that popped into my head was, “Today is the day!!!” I was up and out of bed in a twinkling, hastening to get ready to leave to go to the Church. I don’t even remember that last morning at home. It was all a blur of trying to make sure I didn’t forget anything and attempting to keep my nerves at bay. Yes, I was nervous… Do you want to know why? Because the day had finally come which contained the climax of all the joyful anticipation of beginning to share a life with my beloved Gabe, so how could I not be overflowing with nervous joy?
We got to the Church, and I was sped inside by my sisters to the dressing room in the hall next to the Church, before Gabe and I could cross paths. That was such a lovely, beautiful morning, filled with laughter and conversation with all of my sisters, both my two dear sisters Jessica and Charlotte, and my soon to be sisters, Grace and Glory; and the rest of the females of the family who dropped in for a few moments at a time.
I have no idea what was being said here… so don’t ask. 😉
And, putting on the dress! I will tell more about the details of it in a later post, but it was so magical putting it on, and realizing this was the day it was made for. I felt like I was truly becoming a bride as I put on the dress and veil… and yet it felt so surreal, I can’t even describe it. The dress was everything I wanted it to be, and I was so happy that I made it myself as I dreamt of doing for so many years.
These ladies hold a special place in my heart. They helped make the day as beautiful as it was.
I wore my Mom’s veil as my something old, and her earrings as my something borrowed (what can I say? I like following old rhymes just for the fun of it!), since my dress, shoes and stockings were my something new. My something blue was embroidered in the hem of my dress, which you will see in a later post.
I was so excited that day, I couldn’t contain myself, and would just burst into random bouts of laughter and squeals: for the day had come, and the hour was fast approaching!
See, I told you… silly with joy. 😀
Jessica directed us in making our beautiful bouquets two days before the wedding. The flowers came from the farm where Jessica works in the summer, That Girl’s Flowers. I was SO happy with how the bouquets came out. They complimented the bridesmaids’ dresses beautifully.
Oh, these pictures make me all teary eyed. Hugging Mom for the last time before she went over to the Church, and Dad walking down the aisle of the empty Church before the guests arrived. My precious parents. I can barely imagine what the day was like for them, marrying off their first daughter, and all of the joy and tears that came with such an event.
Gabe and Pastor Hickey tying up last minute details before the wedding.
One thing I knew I wanted to do was pray with Gabe before the ceremony began. I was so happy we got to do that together. It brought a peace to my heart to calm my excited nerves, so I could wait in quiet anticipation for the moment Dad would walk me down the aisle.
They never tell you when you are the bride planning your wedding, that you won’t see half of what you plan. Gabe and I picked out the various processional music pieces, The Mouse from Stardust for the seating of the Parents and Grandparents, Canon in D for the Bridesmaids’ processional, and I’ll Keep You Safe (instrumental) from Sleeping at Last for the Bride’s processional; but I didn’t even get to see how well the music fit to each part of the processional until the doors were opened and Dad and I walked in to the Church.
Gabe rolled out the carpet for me, and also scattered rose petals as he walked back up to the front of the Church. All of the adults thought it was quite romantic, but one of my sweet nieces (Yes, I got a whole passel of nieces and nephews when I married into the Everson family!) made the funniest comment about Gabe scattering the rose petals. She said to her Grammy, “That wedding was so funny! Uncle Gabe was the flower girl!” Oh, the funny words of children. 😀
Mom and my aunt. Sisters, best friends, holding each other up throughout whatever life brings them.
That minute when the doors opened and Dad and I walked down the aisle went by too fast. All sorts of thoughts were rushing through my head. I felt like I was in a dream, and yet it didn’t feel anything like I thought walking down the aisle would. It wasn’t strange. It wasn’t foreign. It was the most natural thing in the world to walk down that Church aisle to be joined to my beloved in marriage. Though I must confess I was shaking in my shoes with excitement!
Both my father and Gabe’s father gave a blessing to us, along with Dad passing on his authority, as my father, to Gabe, as my husband.
Gabe’s brother Luke wrote us a special song inspired by our story, which he and his wife sang for us during the ceremony.
The first kiss! Yes, it was really our first kiss, and I must say, compared to now, that kiss was SO awkward. But what can you expect from two novices? Gabe and I have gotten a lot more practice in since then. 😉
My sweet friends! I had a special picture taken with all of my dear younger “sisters”, since I couldn’t have them in the wedding. We have shared such precious memories, and I wanted to give them a special memory of participating in my wedding day.
Gabe and I with my family…
Gabe and I with his family! I told you, I have a lot of nieces and nephews (and brothers and sisters in law!)!
The cake! Oh boy! It was delicious, but it was the most nerve-wracking thing driving it from the bakery to the Church the day before the wedding. I was SO afraid of it getting wrecked. But it didn’t, and it was beautiful.
We got to use Gabe’s Great-Grandma’s china at the head table, along with some glasses and gold-ware that we had purchased.
Ah, the speeches! So many inside jokes were made, and it just so happened that both the best man and the maid of honor passed off their duties to other members of the bridal party. If anyone has listened to Cabin Pressure, you will know the significance of Luke’s gift of 25 year Talisker single malt whiskey. 😉
I sang a song for Gabe after the speeches. It was my very last voice recital piece, and it captured so perfectly how I felt about Gabe. I sang “Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde. The words that I sang were a little bit different, because it wasn’t “If someone like you”, because my someone had come.
The two snugglebugs, the two youngest sisters… They always make me smile.
My little pal! This sweet boy has been my constant companion at Church since he was a baby. It was so hard telling him I was moving away. I have been told since that he looks for me every time he sees my family, and is disappointed that I am not there.
Gabe and I choreographed our first dance. It was so much fun to do, and I was so happy when it turned out perfectly! The way my skirt twirls in it is positively epic. You can see for yourself just how epic the twirl factor was in the video.
Of course we had to do a wee bit of English and Scottish Country Dancing at the wedding, since Gabe and I are so fond of it.
And off we went! Well, not quite. We went to the park for the bridal party photos, actually. But you will get to see those another day. 🙂
As beautiful and memorable as our wedding day was, it was not half as beautiful as the days Gabe and I have spent together since. Everyone tells you how hard married life is, how much work it takes, etc. But hardly anyone tells you what a joy that work is, and that each hardship is smoothed over by facing it with the love of your life. It is cliché, but I am going to say it! Marriage is bliss, when you follow the Lord’s word, and get to spend each day in the company of the beloved one whom you have waited for your whole life.
Brigid, the middle Sister and Singer