The Speech I Forgot to Give

This is the speech I had prepared for the wedding, but forgot to give at the party.  My son was singing karaoke and I was being pulled in all directions, and to be honest just having a really great time.  But I didn’t write it for nothing, so here it is!

First off, I want to thank Trevor’s parents for raising such a level-headed, kind, intelligent, respectful and funny young man.  There is no one I trust more to lead my children and I on the right path through our lives together.  You guys did the most amazing job with him; he is truly one of a kind and I promise to cherish him always.

Thank you to ALL of my parents as well, for always being there for me in my darkest moments, and for never giving up on me.  If it wasn’t for the support system that I have within my family, I would not be the woman I am today.  I like to think you have raised a daughter that you can finally be proud of, in this moment above all others.  I am making one of the biggest and best decisions of my life and to have everyone on board, celebrating with us, means everything to me.

Thank you to Tom for being so gracious in agreeing to capture the memories from our special day with his talented photography.  We know that you sacrificed some of your enjoyment of the day because you were so busy snapping photos–and we truly appreciate that more than words can say.

I also want to thank Vicky and Sean for hosting the ceremony and this gorgeous reception here at their home in our honour.  They have put so much time, energy, and thought into the execution of this event and we cannot thank you guys enough for allowing us to hold our wedding here in your beautiful home and equally beautiful yard.  Thank you to all of our family and friends who have taken on a lot of the work and responsibility in making this day the best day it could possibly be.  I think the meetings served as a great ice-breaker and also made sure that we were all on the same page most of the time!

A huge shout-out to our children, who have remained patient through all of the stress and distraction and fruitless shopping trips spent searching for the perfect outfits.  To my boys, I am so proud of the young men you’re becoming and I have no doubt that you’ll continue to amaze me the older you get.  To Kenzie, I always wanted a daughter (no offense boys!) and I had given up on that notion after I had Aidan.  Then you and your dad walked into our lives, and our family became complete.  Now I have a girl, and it feels so great not to be so outnumbered by all these boys in the house! We will always be there for all three of you, whenever you need us, and love you as fiercely as humanly possible.

Thank you to my mother, Faith, and stepfather, Dana, for all of your hard work and diligence with the food preparation.  I have honestly never seen a more beautiful spread of food in my life–what was intended to be some roast beef and salads certainly grew into something far more detailed, expensive, and gorgeous.  You spoiled us and all of our guests with your creativity and generosity, and we will never forget it.

Thank you to the DJ, Mark, who came out of DJ Retirement to do his friend a favour and handle the music at our wedding.  Thank you for being so accommodating to our tastes and requests, and making the atmosphere just right–music is one of the most important things in my life, and I would not have had it any other way.

Thank you to Classic Caterers for taking such good care of us with our massive hors d’oeuvres order and ensuring that the integrity of the food was consistent throughout the evening.  Thank you to the Backyard Barrel Company for renting us our wine barrels and for creating the most beautiful wedding gift for us–one that will stay with us for many years to come.  Thank you for your customer service and all of your patience with me as I tried to figure out exactly what we needed.

Thank you to our very talented friends Mary Ellen and Dianna, who created the most stunning floral arrangements and bouquets I could possible have asked for.  (Those flowers lasted for WEEKS! And we saved the succulents and replanted them in a beautiful wooden bucket so we can keep them even longer!

Thank you to the very special Reverend Michael Bittle, who was more than accommodating with us in our unique ceremony on our unique day.  I feel like not having a rehearsal actually made things better because none of us knew what the heck was going on!  If you want someone to conduct a light, heartfelt, spiritual and humorous ceremony without all the pomp and circumstance, this guy is your man.

Thank you to our sneaky dads and their accomplices, Vicky, Lorna and MJ, for surprising us with the most magical wedding gift–our honeymoon!  (Side note: we went to Samana, Dominican Republic, it was my first time on a plane, first time in the ocean, first time in a jungle… honestly such a relaxing way to follow up all the stress and planning leading up this day!)

Last but not least, we want to thank everyone for coming and sharing our special day with us.  Some of you traveled long distances just to be here with us!! It means the world to have you here to celebrate this union which we have been anticipating for so long, and it wouldn’t be the same without all of you here.  Let’s enjoy the party and make it a night to remember!

(If I have forgotten anyone, please don’t take it to heart! We love all the people in our lives so much and anyone who knows me, knows how forgetful I can be!)

xoxoxox

Mrs. Hope

(Official)

P.S – We haven’t forgotten to send thank you notes, we are just taking forever to get our crap together, and in true Crimson fashion I deleted my WeddingWire app with everyone’s addresses in it… so… I’m screwed lol

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