From Miss to Mrs., grateful for support from loved ones

By Megan Erbacher

The Message assistant editor

As of this Saturday, Steve and I have been married for three weeks – Woohoo!

It’s a weird feeling; not the being married part, but it’s hard to believe our wedding day is already over. It feels like I still need to confirm details, go to a fitting with my seamstress or finalize the headcount for the reception dinner. But I don’t because it’s already come and gone.

Okay, full disclosure and honesty; my mom would be making those calls. I had a lot of help with the planning, especially from her. My sister and dad also pitched in to relieve some duties from my mom; my girlfriends offered assistance; Steve’s family helped, and the list goes on.

So many of our loved ones played a huge role in the planning and execution of our wedding, and I can’t thank them enough. Aside from a few bumps in the road – or aisle – for me, it was a flawless day. Our family and friends didn’t hesitate to help make it perfect for us, which eased many of my anxieties.

I tend to get nervous when all of the attention is on me. I kind of forget how to be myself, and I feel like my smile turns robotic. It’s overwhelming with all of the attention on you and your spouse, but it’s also a lot of fun to know everyone in the church and at the reception is there just for the two of you.

I’m sure everyone feels this way, but it truly was a magical day thanks to all of our wonderful friends and family who traveled from near and far to celebrate us. It’s such a blessing to have the people closest to you present to witness your dedication to each other.

I’d like to thank all of our friends and family who spent an early-January Saturday celebrating with us. I know I didn’t get a chance to personally chat with each one of you, and I’m sincerely sorry for that; but please know it meant so much to have you there with us.

I can’t forget to extend a special thank you to my Uncle, Father Joe “Effie” Erbacher, for all of his hard work in preparing us for and celebrating our marriage.

Everyone said it would go fast, but a year’s worth of planning disappeared in a couple of hours. How is that even possible?! Once your wedding week begins, it’s such a whirlwind of emotions and excitement it’s gone in a flash.

Someone asked me what my favorite part of the day was, and without a doubt, it was seeing Steve waiting for me wearing an ear-to-ear grin and a handsome black suit. He was the only person I saw while my dad led me down the aisle.

I’d like to share one of the readings from our wedding, and words I pray to always remember and live by: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. … And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13).