Hi! I want to thank all of
you for letting me take a few minutes to toast my very dear
friend, Gail, and her new husband, Chris. Have you ever seen
a more radiant bride? How about Chris, is he looking good or
what? I feel like I’m looking at Bride Magazine when I see
this picture perfect couple.
My role of distinction today
is that of Maid of Honor, and my name is Anna. Gail and I
have known each other since third grade, which quite frankly,
seems just like yesterday on one hand…and like a million years
ago on the other! We went to the same elementary school – the
same high school – and we shared a room in college! We have
seen other through the good, the bad and the ugly, and we’ve
each learned a lot from each other. I’d like to tell you
about some of the things I’ve learned from Gail.
First – I learned that she and
I needed to get better at keeping our stories straight! When
we were in high school, we may have told a tale or two, and it
would probably be the blatant inconsistencies of our stories
that gave us away, and a part of me can’t help but think we
are lucky to have made it this far!
Second – Our parents were
right about some of the boys we dated…I have no idea
how they were able to read the minds of those young men, but
let’s just say that when the intentions were not honorable,
our parents told us that way before we realized what they said
Third – To not be afraid to
give all in a relationship. I have to say that it was
watching Gail blend in her relationship that taught me that
life lesson. You see, we were both seniors in College the
year she met Chris. She was, how do you say, “the older
woman” in his life, and as a matter of fact, she kept his age
a secret for a long time. After all, he was 19, and she’d
already seen her 21st birth date. I think for a
while, she tried to let the age thing get in the way, but
thank God Chris pursued her, because here we are today!
Lastly, Gail taught me that
good friends are hard to find, and that friends are more
important than boyfriends. Wow, now that she’s getting
married, I wonder if that will still hold true over husbands?
I hope so!
I remember the first time that
Chris and Gail kissed. It was like my radar was up, because I
knew something was going on. When they kissed for the first
time, it was in my apartment…and I quickly smothered them with
a hug and welcomed Chris to the family as soon as she told me!
I have loved watching this
romance bloom. Chris is a great guy! He’s funny, friendly
and really easy to get along with. More than that…he’s got a
great bod! The first time my boyfriend met him, he asked if
he worked out (like, duh?) and if he had a license for those
guns! Really, he’s nice on the eyes, and I love to look at
him. Of course, 99.9% of the time when I’m looking at him,
he’s looking at our Gail!
Gail has just blossomed since
Chris came into her life. She used to be anti-marriage, but
somewhere along the way (thank god!) she changed her mind!
She’s become happier and has a better outlook on life in
general. She’s a genuine person, with no pretences, she is
caring, warm hearted, bright, intelligent, and completely
When I heard Gail and Chris
were engaged, I had to know the whole skinny! Turns out he
proposed to her on a gondola one night in Long Beach. Now,
the fact that they had attended 12 weddings that years had
nothing to do with marriage being on their mind…..but I don’t
think it hurt either!
I look so forward to the
future for these two. They are a perfect match, and I know
that they will remain not only lovers, but friends, for all of
their life. They just seem to have that certain something
about them, and I know that theirs will truly be – a match
made in heaven.
Please raise your glasses
while I propose a toast:
If ever you are to enjoy
life…now is the time! Today should always be your most
wonderful day. Let today be the building block for all the
years to come, and may your home and hearth be filled with
your laughter and that of your children as well, for all the
days of your life.
I love you guys!
Maid of Honor
Friend of Bride
Hello! Good evening! How are
you! My name is Jan and I’m a Bridesmaid in the wedding. I
stand before you honored to hold this position as Shannon’s
oldest friend. Well, when I say oldest, I don’t mean,
chronological! I mean that we’ve known each other since we
were twelve years old, and we’ve seen a couple of decades pass
from that time in our youth! My friendship with Shannon has
been special to me, not only because of it’s longevity, but
because she was a great person to go through the trauma of our
teenage years together! Even though we see each other only
sparingly now, whenever we are together again, we pick right
up from where we left off, and it always seems as if we
haven’t been apart at all! I’m not sure what started our
friendship, maybe it was just that I liked the melodious
sounds of “Jan and Shan”, or maybe that we’ve always looked
somewhat alike and have the same demeanor…I mean – we’re both
petite and we’re both obnoxious!
I’ve been hearing about James
for the past eight years. From what I’ve heard, this guy is
nothing short of a knight in shining armor. What convinced me
of that was their engagement story. Have you heard it? Well,
even if you have, I have to tell it! It seems that the two
newlyweds were celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday together,
and bright and early that morning, James tied the ring onto
Shannon’s kitten’s collar and called the kitten over and when
he jumped up on Shannon’s lap, there was the ring, all shiny
and glowing, which, kind of describes how Shannon has been
I know that James is the
perfect guy for Shannon. I know that because she’s exactly
the same woman she has always been (well, ok, maybe she’s a
bit more romantic lately), but the proof that he loves my
friend for who she is and hasn’t made any attempt to remake
her is proof positive that he’s a great guy! Now, they have a
few things to iron out in the future, such as they still
aren’t sure who is going to move to whose city….and he loves
the outdoors and wants to start a tree service and live in
Maine. While, Shannon, on the other hand, is allergic to
grass and is a big city gal! Ah…they’ll figure it all out and
I know that theirs is a marriage that will not only last for
decades to come, but it will be one filled with love,
laughter, and eventually, children!
I think that one of the
hardest things Shannon will have in adjusting to marriage is
to get up and find that her sister Marci isn’t there! Marci
and Shannon have been roommates for quite some time, and now
Marci has to move out and get her own place. More than that,
Shannon once told me she didn’t know if she’d ever get
married, because she didn’t know if she could share her
bedroom with anyone! Somehow, I think she’ll manage to make
room in the bedroom, just as she has made room in her heart,
and that within days it will seem natural to pick up the phone
to call her sister who will be living away, and to roll over
and hug her husband, who will be sharing not only her bedroom,
but her bed as well!
Let’s raise our
glasses as we toast this couple:
May you both live as long as
And never want as long as you live.
May you experience decades of
happiness and may you~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Maid of Honor
Sister of Bride
Hi! On behalf of our family,
I’d like to welcome all of you to today’s wedding. For anyone
who doesn’t know me (like maybe the waiter in the back) my
name is Trisha, and I am Tiffany’s older, but much wiser,
When I look at our bride and
groom, Zach and Tiffany, I feel such a kaleidoscope of
emotions. I know that Tiffany has found her true match and I
know that theirs will be a marriage of long standing. My
heart is bursting with love for you two today. I know you
have a wonderful adventure ahead of you, and with God’s
blessing your marriage will last for decades yet to come.
I never knew Zach before he
dated my sister, so I can’t tell you horrible before and after
stories of him…but I can tell you that I think he’s perfect
for my sister! He’s adventurous, spontaneous, enthusiastic,
and has a spice for life. He’s easy going, interesting, easy
to talk to, and he fits so well into our family, and he’s just
like the 4th brother I never had!
Now, when I talk about my baby
sister, I could regale you with stores for hours! I’ve always
been a bit protective of my sister, but when I think back on
our adventures in childhood, I have nothing but fond memories.
I recall one night when we
were sharing a bedroom at our cabin on the lake in Canada one
summer night. In the pitch of the night, I heard something
fluttering and swooping by me…I whispered to Tiff…”A BAT’S IN
THE ROOM --- OH NO!”. What does my baby sister do (keep in
mind she is seven…count them…seven years younger than me)?
She gets out of bed and states emphatically “Let’s kill the
bat”. She then…gets a weapon and proceeds to swing at the
bat. She whips the bat against the wall…and she killed it!
Then, she turns to me and says “go ahead and take the carcass
outside.” In my state of shock…I had no choice to do anything
but what she told me to do..so I did…because I just couldn’t
believe what I had seen her do!!
I knew my sister was special
when she was just a tiny little girl. She could talk in
complete sentences at 2 ½, and oh, did she love to talk! I
recall one of our long summer trips in the 70’s and that we
went to a lot of fast food places. Our particular hot spot
was Wendy’s, which was known for its “Hot and Juicy”
hamburgers. We’d always preface our stops at Wendy’ with the
catch phrase “let’s go get a hot and juicy burger”. Well, one
night, our whole family was trying to get to sleep, and in the
still of the night, Tiff gets up in her crib and yells, “all
right all you hot and juices”….it was soooo funny…imagine what
she could have done with “where’s the beef?”
I can’t decide if it’s
terrible that I have so many stories about Tiff, or not! You
see, we all have just loved this girl from the day she was
born and we’ve coddled her, enjoyed her, and laughed with
her! Oh, I have to tell just a few more stories…like when she
wanted to be carried, and would yell “my knees are bending …
my knees are bending”……or, when she had an ice cream cone and
wouldn’t share! If you licked her cone, her face would turn
beet red, her body would shake, and she’d make a fist,
followed by a growling sound….or when she was being potty
trained when she was two and in the bathroom stall she heard
the woman in the adjacent stall peeing…and Tiff proudly told
her “that’s a good girl”. This girl had provided so much
entertainment for our family, that we didn’t even have to go
to the movies! I know how much joy she has brought into our
lives, and I can’t help but think that she’ll bring that into
Zach’s life as well.
Zach and Tiffany are a perfect
fit. He’s a true romantic and I love the way he proposed to
my sister. We were at my parent’s place in Thanksgiving and
were going for a scenic hike. Tiff and Zach fell behind and
when the finally caught up, they were engaged! He had tricked
her by saying that “nature called”, and then he suddenly found
a pouch…that he tried to convince Tiffany had been an old
treasure of sorts…when Tiff opened the pouch, there was her
engagement ring…and the rest, as they say…is history!
I’ve been married for ten
years already, and have learned a lot over this past decade.
My husband and I thought about the words of advice that we’d
like to give to the newlyweds, and together we came up with
Zach…..never, ever leave the
Zach….when Tiff asks “am I
fat” tell her you have an earache and couldn’t hear her.
Zach…when Tiff says she needs
money…don’t ask what for…just give it
And to Tiffany and Zach….never
go to bed angry…it’s much better to stay up and argue!
Please raise your glass while
I toast my sister and her husband:
Tiffany and Zach: Take each
day and cherish your time together, love one another and stand
together. Take time to talk to one another. Put your love
and your family first, and your job and your hobbies second.
Never lose your sense of adventure and your spontaneity, and
may your future be golden!
Sister of Bride
God smiled down on our family
when he brought Brandon and Shelly together – finally!
It seems that the newlyweds
first met during Orientation Week of medical school (meeting
#1) , but got to know each other much better on a mission trip
to Mexico (meeting #2) , where they were cooks in a camp over
spring break. After they finished their rounds as Food Czars,
they acted as study buddies and officially started dating
sometime in May (meeting #3). They figure that kismet must
have had a hand in their meeting, because after comparing all
of their stories, they realized that they took the same Tango
(meeting before #1A) class at Stanford, and undoubtedly danced
with each other at that time – unbeknownst to them that they
were holding the hand of their soul mate as they tangoed
around the floor.
It’s amazing to watch these
two together. They seem to move in tandem. I sometimes
wondered if they would ever get this far, and I can’t help but
think that Brandon must have wondered as well. You see,
Brandon went on his first vacation with our family prior to
their engagement. We included him in our annual ski trip to
Deer Valley, Utah, where upwards 50 of our friends and family
meet each year. Brandon was introduced to everyone, and the
asked to sit down to answer a “few” questions by those who
loved Shelly. Poor Brandon was grilled by everyone on his
intentions and was asked as to whether his personality traits
were comparable to the rest of the crowd. Now, keep in mind,
this was all done in jest, and whether Brandon knew it then or
not, he endeared himself to us with his calm demeanor, and his
unflustered answers. He was finally deemed appropriate for my
baby sis, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Because I know how special
Brandon and Shelly are, my husband and I asked them to be
Godparents to our one year old son, Matthew. We chose them
because of their strong Christian values, their love for one
another, and we figured that with two doctors in the family,
we needed to butter them up just a bit because of all the
midnight calls we expect to make over the next 18 or so
years! We were honored when they acquiesced and became
Matthew’s spiritual guides.
We are very happy to welcome
Brandon into our family. He has a genuine heart of gold, and
he is sweet and caring. He’s very quiet, quite shy, but has a
great sense of humor! We know he’s made for us, and we hope
we’re made for him!
My sister has always meant so
much to me. She’s smart, funny, patient, kind, caring, sweet,
and loving. She has complete faith in God and she has allowed
that faith to giver her direction and purpose in life
Some of you who have known my
baby sister for as long as I have might have been somewhat
surprised when she announced her career intentions of
obtaining a M.D. I don’t want to say that Shelly is a bit
high strung, but let’s just say, she can get as wound as a
violin string on occasion. As a matter of fact, she can get
so stressed, that my parents made a suggestion to her at one
point that she go into something a bit more calming – like
jewelry making! Obviously, Shelly knows her limits well, and
she has chosen a field of medicine she was molded for,
child/adolescent psychiatry. Hmm, it should be interesting to
see how she handles her tense patients in the years to come,
As a woman who is both wife
and mother, I welcome Shelly to the ranks of the land of the
married with open arms. If her marriage can emulate that of
our parents, who have been married for 34 years, or mine,
which is now ___ years strong, then I know she and Brandon are
ready for the ride of their life. They’ll experience love,
laughter and joy together, and they’ll stand together during
times of trial.
My wishes for Brandon and
Shelly are that they have a continued loving friendship and
partnership, that they enjoy success and laughter, and that
they always see and talk with their heart. With these wishes,
I wish them the very best, on this their wedding day
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