Just Mauied :: Speeches from the Heart

What’s next on this fast-moving (okay… more of a slow-paced) recap bandwagon? Speeches!

I admit. When other bloggers are recapping their weddings and they get to the speeches part, I skip over it. Eek! I can’t believe I typed that out. So embarrassing. But, I’m all about truth up in this bia, so I’ve gotta tell it like it is.

So, I understand if y’all skip over this post, but I promise to include some super cute pictures of Gator Dad (which… most likely only Gator Mom and I will enjoy), and a little video for those who were with us and want to reminisce, and for those who weren’t there and want to see all the love that surrounded our Gator/Knight booty’s on our wedding day. Let’s face it, I would have LOVED to invite all my blog-y buds to our wedding, but Mr. Knight had to cut me off somewhere. ;)

After our first dance, Mr. Knight and I started off by thanking our guests for being apart of this special day in our lives, and that it was ABOUT TIME that Mr. Knight made an honest woman out of me. All these years of cohabitation with no marriage certificate had made my grandmother uncomfortable for long enough.

Fun fact: My grandmother called Mr. Knight my “friend” the 8 years we were dating. As in, “how is your friend?” She didn’t start calling him by his first name till he proposed. Now she calls him my husband. I {heart} old school grandma’s. They are so funny.

Me = honest woman. Thanks hubs!

First up to bat? Sunny MOH! Sunny MOH has known us for years and years. She reminisced about our days in fashion class (high school classes were ridiculous), and how I never stopped talking about Mr. Knight, even though we weren’t dating/talking/seeing each other. I was a crazy stalker, thank goodness Mr. Knight asked me to a movie before I went all psycho on him.

Then we had Little Knight. He gave such a funny and sweet speech. He mentioned how he couldn’t remember his life without me in it (yeah… I was around a lot before Mr. Knight decided to propose), and that since I knew his family’s quirks already, I wouldn’t be scared away. In the end, he made me cry (which I tend to do a lot) by welcoming me officially to the family as the sister he knew he would always have.

Next up was Gator Dad. Gator Dad always knows the right thing to say, and he says it so very well. So, instead of trying to recap his speech, I posted it in video below! Yay for Gator Daddy speech!

Just Mauied :: Father of the Bride Speech from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

I couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed. Once again, I’m a sap but I love him and can’t hold it in (plus I look super crazy when I’m trying to hold in tears). ♥ I love how he was impressed with everything Mr. Knight and I can do as a team. It really feels good for all our hard work together to be noticed.It’s really weird, but more and more I’m starting to notice that Mr. Knight is so much like my Dad. I guess there is some truth that some little girls grow up to marry men like their Dad.

I know how difficult it is to speak at someone else’s wedding. I was my best-friend, Seminole Bridesmaid’s, MOH and I remember being incredibly nervous. I knew what I wanted to say. I had typed it out, practiced it multiple times in front of Mr. Knight, but when it came down to that evening I could barely keep myself together as I spoke. I was just filled with so much love for her that I couldn’t contain all my happy tears.

Can’t fake the love between our eyes! Bwahaha. We’re the sisters we never had (she has all brothers, I’m an only child).

I’m pretty sure I cried more at her wedding than at my own wedding! I remember crying for pretty much 20 minutes straight during her ceremony. And I couldn’t even watch her walk down the aisle without breaking down (which I also did at Gator Bridesmaid’s wedding when she walked down the aisle… I’m an equal-opportunity crier). You could have also caught be weeping quietly throughout SunnyMOH’s ceremony.

Anyways…So I know how much work, practice, thought and love went into these speeches and I’m forever thankful. Let me take that back. WE’RE forever thankful. ♥♥♥

What do you think makes the best speeches? Ones that are heartfelt or funny? or both? Have you ever given a speech, what are your tips? I’d love to hear them!

And in case you missed it, this is what’s happened so far:

All photos by Starks Photography

6 Comment

  1. The only ‘speech’ that sucked was ours. I was so surprised that Little Knight did such a good job. I love your dad’s speech. We’re coming up on a year, darlin’, can you believe it?

  2. Clare says:

    Ok, first of all i love that the Mr. comments on your blog. Too cute. Second – I did not skip over this post! Go me!! I actually love seeing the faces of the bride and groom in pictures while people are giving them a toast. There is so much emotion in their eyes, their smiles, their tears. I love it. Wish I could watch that video while Im at work!

  3. Emily says:

    Awww! You mean you didn’t want video footage of you doing the speech at our wedding for this post??? Haha!

    I lovey you. The only reason I have Facebook is to stalk you :)

  4. Katie says:

    I have a feeling my grandmother has the same sentiments about our current living situation :)

    I love the look on your guests faces during the speeches!

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  6. Sabina says:

    The part when speeches are given is one of my favorite parts in a wedding.

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