Mrs. Jessica Rose Osvai-Benzakour - Matron-of-Honor
This kind, compassionate, empathetic, generous, beautiful soul has been my best friend and soul sister through every season of my life. Through thick and through thin but her voice and smile will always be a reminder of all the good in my life. I have seen Jess put her husband and children before herself over the years and always make decisions based on what is best for them. Watching her live in such a way has also taught me how to make better choices. She makes me a better person by just being her. No matter the distance in miles, there will never be distance in our friendship. What I admire most about Jess is her loyalty for others. Time and time again I have seen her defend other's names when they are not there to defend themselves. I learned from her that I also want to be someone that sticks up for others and puts an end to gossip. I am also so proud of Jess for using her free time to work for CASA as an advocate for children in need. She has blessed the lives of those who have come into her life and through her eyes, they are a blessing to her. Her heart is pure and she loves with ALL of it. I could go on and on about her; it's actually hard for me to stop here but I will. I love you Jess! I could never be lonely with a best friend like you! I know God put you into my life to help me reach my life's purpose...thank you for being a part of God's divine plan for my life!
She wraps herself in strength, might, and power in all her works.
She tastes and experiences a better substance,
and her shining light will not be extinguished,
no matter how dark the night.
She stretches out her hands to help the needy
and she lays hold of the wheels of government.
She is known by her extravagant generosity to the poor,
for she always reaches out her hands to those in need.
Mrs. Mandy Lacy - Bridesmaid
There are some friends who truly have eyes that see the best in others. Mandy sees the people around her through the eyes of God. My first memories of Mandy are of her inviting me to church even after I declined over and over again. She never gave up on me and continued to pray for me as I found my way back to the Lord. Over the years she has led by example as a true follower of Christ. I have seen her put others before herself every in opportunity that came her way. She has been a true example of a godly wife and mother and I am forever grateful that God put Mandy into my life to prepare me for the future I am now walking in. My happiest memory of Mandy, and life lesson, was sitting on the beach with her and all of her friends from church and her family and she sat there and told me all of the good things about every person that was there. I knew from that point on, that I too wanted to be the kind of person that tells others the best qualities about the ones I know and love.
So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Ms. Rachael Lynn Medina - Bridesmaid
There are so many words I could use to describe Rachael, but the first thing that comes to mind is an angel here on earth. She has a heart of gold, ready and willing to meet the needs of anyone and everyone that crosses her path. Rachael has a true servant’s heart and loves with her whole heart. She demonstrates God's love through everything she does. Rachael is a wonderful mother and homemaker. One important life lesson Rachael has taught me is how to be content regardless of circumstances. She is a strong conqueror with a big, tender heart and I am SOOOO thankful that she will be walking down the aisle with me on my wedding day. I love you Rach! Thank you for being the best friend and the best Aunt to my children.
Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!
Mrs. Jasmine Ross - Bridesmaid
Jasmine is my joy during the good times and my joy during dark times. She lights up every room she is in. She is always cheerful. She has a huge, grateful heart and she loves to love! Jasmine and her husband Scott have been a huge part of my kids' lives and we share so many great memories with them and now with their growing family. Jasmine is a true example of a godly wife, mother, homemaker and friend. I admire her positive attitude. I admire her high energy to give her children 100% even when she is tired. I was so happy to be a part of her wedding journey and I am so happy for her to be a part of mine. Jasmine has so many qualities that I love and adore and I am just too happy when I am around her. I would describe Jasmine as courageous, adventurous and a heart filled with joy and peace.
A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul.
Mrs. Taylor Sicurella - Bridesmaid
My friendship with Taylor is newer, but that doesn't disqualify the instant connection between us! Taylor has been a huge part of Dan and Hazel's life and I am so excited to get to know Taylor more and more. I can't wait to do life with her and her kind husband Mike. They are a beautiful example of a godly marriage and living a life putting each other first and everyone else before themselves. Taylor has the biggest, kindest heart and I am so glad she said yes to walking next to me on what will be the greatest day of my life. She has been so helpful to Danny and I can't wait for our friendship to grow through this journey and the rest of our lives! God has made the world full of beautiful places and your heart is one of them!
This virtuous woman lives in the wonder, awe,
and fear of the Lord.
She will be praised throughout eternity.
So go ahead and give her the credit that is due,
for she has become a radiant woman,
and all her loving works of righteousness deserve to be admired[a]
at the gateways of every city!
Mrs. Ashley Brown - Bridesmaid
When I think of Ashely, I see unrelenting courage and vulnerability. I see a fierce, passionate soul using the gift God has given her to help other women recognize their beauty and find their confidence. What an amazing journey she is on. I see the handiwork of God through Ashley every time she guides a woman to see and know her beauty and worth. Ashley's beauty is so much deeper than just the outside, her beautiful soul is the core to who she truly is. Ashley and I have been planning my wedding since we were teenagers and I could not imagine my wedding day without her by my side. No matter the length of time that goes by, our connection and friendship always picks up right where we left off. It never changes. I am so thankful for Ashley's friendship and for the love she puts out to the world. I really could go on and on. I love you Ash!
She is a woman of strength and mighty valor!
She’s full of wealth and wisdom.
The price paid for her was greater than many jewels.
Ms. Victoria Lyn Peterson - Bridesmaid
Every one of my bridesmaids are from all different seasons of life, but my friendship with Vicki is my oldest and most sacred friendship of all. We were just little girls when we met and although our lives didn't always stay on the same paths, our friendship never changed along the way. God gave me Vicki as a friend He knew I could trust with my heart. She is a sweet, kind soul and nurturer of all. She is a mother to all of our children and to all of her friends as well. Vicki is loving, dependable, caring and strong! A true warrior princess. My friendship with Vicki is highly treasured and I couldn't say "I do" without her there with me. I am so excited you are a part of this journey with me. Vicki is a caring, loving mother to her boys and they are her number 1 priority in her life. I am so grateful I have been able to walk with Vicki from her being just a little girl and blossoming into a beautiful woman, mother and friend. I love you Vic!
Nurture our root and our fruit with your loving care.
Ms. Jacqueline Elizabeth Merlock - Bridesmaid
Jaci may come off as strong, and she is strong, but on the inside, her heart is kind, gracious and beautiful. I believe God has put on Jaci's heart a passion to encourage others to live a life of health. It has been such a joy to watch her come out of her comfort zone and devote her days to sharing a word of encouragement with other's. God calls us to share our testimony to save other's lives and Jaci has followed in obedience in sharing her very personal testimony and encouraging people to step of their fear and into their healthiest bodies and mind sets. Our healthiest selves are our best selves and I know she is touching the lives of many. Jaci has a soft, gentle soul and God loves her very, very much and so do I. I see you overcoming every battle you face and I am so proud of you and how far you have come!
Sharing words of wisdom is satisfying to your inner being. It encourages you to know that you've changed some else's life.
Ms. Jennifer Lyn Merlock - Bridesmaid
Jen's life is her love story. The way she loves. The way she puts her love out into the world. I believe that God has called her to heal others through her love and kindness. She is understanding and forgiving. Accepting and generous with what she has. I believe the way she loves can change the world and the lives of those who feel unloved and rejected. God says to love all and Jen has obediently chosen to build her life on that. She loves all no matter what. It has been amazing to watch her grow spiritually in every area of her life. She went from being afraid of the world, and now she has found what it means to be brave and vulnerable. Jen has a soft heart and if there is anyone that that that knows every single detail about me, it is her. She takes the time to get to know the deepest parts of people. She is the most selfless person I have ever met. I am so proud of you and the obstacles you have overcome in your life! I love you so much! And did I mention how funny she is too? Never a dull moment when Jen is in the room. Her spirit is a light to many.
For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.
Andrea Pelura - Bridesmaid
Ava Lombardi - Jr. Bridesmaid
My sweet niece Ava!
Amabella Sophia & Hazel Rayne - Flower Girls
Thank you for the beautiful gift you’ve given us in our daughters. May they light up their corner of the universe and radiate far and wide for You. Shape their hearts into the image of Jesus. Help them fall in love with Him. Fill their hearts with a peace so deep and real that they crave the comfort of the Holy Spirit over fame and attention from the world. Let them see themselves through Your loving eyes. Help them recognize negative thoughts as the enemy’s voice and conquer them with Your truth. May they respect their bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit and use it to glorify You.
Surround them with godly friends. When they are weak, let them be strong. Help them build each other up as sisters in faith. Let their joy and laughter be contagious. Keep their eyes and hearts open to those who need a friend. Protect them with Your angels to safeguard them and help them discern right from wrong, good versus evil. Let them stand on the spiritual shoulders of those before them to bravely serve Your purpose in their generation. Help them hear and heed your call for them. Fill their hearts with wisdom, truth, and light so their choices honor You.
When they mess up, when they fall, when they feel helpless or discouraged, restore them with grace. Let Jesus’s presence be unmistakable. Help them embrace their weaknesses as opportunities for You to shine and bring redemption. Protect their hearts, Lord, and root their confidence in Jesus.
In dating, academics, career, relationships, and other matters, make Your plan apparent. Give our girls a tender heart and a thick skin. Help them stay resilient to the world’s negativity, criticism, and judgment…yet never lose their love and hope for mankind.
Help me help them, Lord. Guide my steps so I can parent our daughters with courage, grace, wisdom, and selfless love.
Above all, help me love them well. Help me rejoice in the young ladies they are becoming and trust Your vision for them both. I love our daughters with all my heart, mind, and soul. I’d lay down my life for them anytime, anyplace.
Please bless our relationship and keep our connection strong. One day, when we’re past the trials of adolescence, I pray that we’ll joyfully call ourselves the best of friends.
In Jesus’s name, I pray,
Josh Frazier - Best Man
Kirk Ferrier - Groomsman
Sal Pace - Groomsman
Juan Mendoza - Groomsman
Rickie Crawn - Groomsman
Alex Cohen - Groomsman
Evan Wilson - Groomsman
Mike Sicurrella - Groomsman
Justin Lacey - Groomsman
Cody Markert - Groomsman
Michael Markert - Jr. Groomsman
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of life. Thank You especially for my son who You have entrusted to me. Truly, he is a treasure from You, Lord. He makes life so much more fulfilling. I will be forever grateful to You for giving him to me. As he is growing up, help Dan and I, Father, to be good examples to him always. Help us to be godly parents. Help us to love him just like You have loved each one of us. Enable us to bring him up in proper discipline and instruction. Make us the instrument, Lord, by which he will see You and who You are. Being a parent is not an easy task, but with You, Lord, everything is possible.
I also ask You to bless Michael, God. As we do our best, with Your help, to teach him how to live a righteous life, help him to always do the right thing. Bless his mind with sound decision-making skills. Let his hands be channels of Your blessings to his friends and family. Let not his tongue be used to destroy others through harsh words. Rather, enable him to speak words of life, encouragement, and grace.
I pray that Michael would develop into a true man of God and that his life would manifest the godly fruit of the Spirit that You desire to show forth in each of our lives. You, Lord, are the light of the world, and I pray that he would become a shining light reflecting the glory of Jesus in all that he says and does. I pray also, that he would become a man who lives his life in spirit and truth, casting away all the works of darkness, deception and falsehood, and clothing himself with the armor of light, in this increasingly dark and dangerous world. I pray, that he would be willing to allow the searchlight of Your Holy Spirit to identify in him any areas in his life that may dishonor and displease You, and I ask that You would guide him into all truth, so that in every way he is pleasing in Your sight. May his life be honoring to Your name and may he learn to walk in spirit and truth until his life’s end.
In Jesus' name I pray,