It's been an exciting 18 months, and as I think back on what my wedding day and my marriage mean to me, I am overwhelmed with emotion and love. I can only pray that what I have lasts a lifetime, and that others may experience the same great love am blessed to have found. I hope this weekend is just the start of a beautiful marriage for my friends, and that they have the same wonderful experience in their first 18 months of marriage and beyond.
I'm not the maid of honor, so I don't have to give a formal toast, but I have my own special words that I would like to dedicate to the beautiful bride-to-be and the lucky dude that's marrying her on Saturday...
Lindsey: I remember the first time we met... it was "I just don't know what to think about this girl" at first sight. We were too different and probably would never get along. And then I had my heart broken. You were there for me, helping to pick up the pieces. You became my wing woman and I became yours too. (Except for the time we both wanted the same hot bartender! LOL) Somewhere in between, you became an important part of my life and a permanent piece of my heart.
Well here we are six years later and I couldn't imagine not having you as my friend. We've partied together, cried together, celebrated together, and soothed each other's broken hearts. You stood by my side when I married my love, and in a few days I'll be there as you promise your heart to Jeff. I couldn't be happier that you have found someone who makes you smile without explanation and love without reservation. I pray that your wedding day is everything you dream of (and that you don't have to yell at the limo company a few hours before the ceremony or leave your bouquet at the hotel or have the facility lose all of your things...) and that your marriage is more than you dream it will be.
I haven't been married long enough to give any major marital advice, but the one piece of advice I feel confident shelling out is simply to love one another. Every day. When it's easy, and when it's hard. And when it does get difficult, remember the love that brought you together. Always fight for that love because, at the end of the day, it's all that really matters.
Best wishes to you both for a beautiful wedding and a long, happy life together. Love you both!