During our honeymoon we were reflecting on the people that were or weren’t there it was to be honest a little overwhelming for us personally. Just seeing at the wedding and looking at all the people that were there it was so touching because you guys have played such an important part in me and Becca’s meeting and just constant encouragement and also endless great advice on dating and marriage it has been such a blessing. And then there is people that were in other countries or other parts of the country that was dealing with mother nature that couldn’t attend. It really hit me when Becca and I were doing communion in which we had lots of friends that couldn’t attend our wedding because of certain circumstances. It was overwhelming just praying and trying to thank all you guys that couldn’t attend we cry saying our prayers and just wishing you were here physically but in that moment we felt the presences of all of you guys being there.
I just want to start out by saying thank you to my family they mean the world to me. The thing I treasure most is our family cookouts my dad and uncles are arguing how good the lakers are going to be in the future, while me and my cousins play a mean physical game of 21 while my aunts and my mom just chill in the backyard talking. They have taught me family is so important I know we all have somewhere to be but sometimes we got to take a break from the Cali or Florida life and just simply laugh, joke, and just enjoy each other’s company.
I got to shout out to the boys from California who I grew up with from either grade school or travel basketball. You guys taught me how to take jokes and throw it back. It made me become the easy going guy people see now not taking life too seriously. But also taught me there is a time to be serious and there are times to be chill. You guys have been such a blessing in my life that I can honestly say that I spent more time with you guys with school or traveling playing basketball then I did with my own family. You ride or die with me on and off the court and you taught me what loyalty was all about in which how good or bad the situation looks, you were always by my side and I just want to thank the Cali homies for that.
Off to my Utahians from Intervaristy, Washington Heights, and Alpine just showing me grace and love. One thing that this community has done for me is taught me how to handle failure because to me personally if I never knew how to handle failure I would never be able to overcome certain failures in my life. You guys have help me grow in my faith that I never that I could personally say I thought I would be at 10 years ago. Thank you for challenging me everyday to grow in my faith and pursue a more meaningful relationship with Becca then just being emotionally numb.
Last but not least is the people around the world that have taught me how to be missional from South America, Africa, and South East Asia that you guys has showed me a different life on how to live and honor God. I have never been so moved or touched in such a way that I personally felt the Holy Spirit move me to point of me weeping and trying to implement the Aaron that was on those missions to this Aaron now in the States. I want to say thank you for constant emails and prayers for me and Becca to be a light in our community and just being in the moment and present with everyone around us.
Hello guys this is Becca! I as well thinking back to that special day we had it was so great and so meaningful. As Aaron said above it was so special having all the people have been huge influences in our lives throughout our own personal life and in each others lives. I truly have never felt more loved than how I felt that day. I also want to thank everyone who came that special day and helped us celebrate what God has brought together.
I want to first of all say thank you to my amazing beautiful mother who without her none of it would have been able to happen. I can’t even put into words how much of an amazing mom and person she is, she made my fairytale wedding become a reality and I honestly can’t thank you enough. I can only return the favor when you get married to your prince one day. Also want to thank all of my family that took time out of there lives, job, etc to drive/fly out and be apart of the special day. You have always been so important to me and I always love when I get the opportunity to have the family all together and really getting to laugh and just be intentional with each other. It is one of my favorite things growing up is just how close we all are and how I know if I need anything I can call you guys. I also want to thank my wedding coordinator that has become family thank you for all your hard work and making everything go as smoothly as it did. Also thank you for taking some pressure off so my mom could enjoy the big day as well.
Second I want to thank my literal second family here in Utah. Alpine has been a huge part of my life since about my sophomore year in high school. I am so thankful and blessed by the people God has put into my life through this church. Thank you for loving me even when I was a loud and obnoxious teenager to the loud but more mellow woman that I am now. Your love and grace has really made me love Utah so much. It has been so encouraging being mentored by some of you and just really getting to see Godly marriages modeled for us as we embark on this new adventure.
I want to thank another part of my life that without it I wouldn’t have met Aaron.. I kind of want to thank Jordan Barbadillo for being very persistent with me in that time in my life. Intervarsity you have been a huge part of our lives and a huge part of our community throughout our relationship. As annoying as it was at the time having Aaron living with five guys that would (take turns) coming down stairs and cuddle with us just to make sure we wouldn’t break boundaries. Or we had a couple of kids that would hang out with us so we weren’t alone very much and always made our relationship interesting. I love you guys so much and am so blessed that I moved back and got into this community without you we wouldn’t be married right now. Thank you for loving us so much and caring not only about us individually but caring about our relationship as well.
I just want to thank every single person that came and also those who couldn’t come because of life or the hurricane. Thank you, thank you for loving me and Aaron and thank you for praying for us as Aaron said above. It has been such an incredible journey seeing how much people care about us and how much people want the ultimate best for us. We so appreciate the prayers and the encouragement and we will continue to need those. We made a commitment to each other that day in front of God and in front of our closest friends and family to keep us accountable in the times we need. Thank you again everyone from the bottom of our hearts.