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My dad worked really hard on his speech for our wedding toast- considering he only found out a week beforehand that he was supposed to say something. πŸ™‚ Quick lesson to brides: just in case your dad's not a regular wedding goer, or hasn't seen Father of the Bride 10,000 times like you have, it's probably a good idea to let him know his responsibilities- such as walking you down the aisle, dancing the father/daughter dance, and giving a toast at the wedding or any other task that you might need him to do or oversee. Just make sure to communicate your expectations of everyone who you need to be involved or perform a task (in a non-bridezilla-ish way.) It'll save you alot of headaches! πŸ™‚

My dad worked furiously on his speech, which he deemed his ‘Gettysburg Address,' the whole week before the wedding. He kept joking about it and I didn't really know what to expect. I've always known by dad to better put his feelings on paper than he could to speak it aloud. Over the years he's written many poems for different reasons- I've seen old ones he wrote for my mom, and one he wrote when my aunt passed away when I was in middle school, so I wasn't surprised that his speech for us was also a poem!

He started his speech by saying, ‘I am going to try to get through this without a Brett Favre moment!' LOLfathers wedding toast
My dad makes me laugh. πŸ™‚fathers wedding toast

He got a little choked up and said, ‘Brett Favre!' hahaha fathers wedding toast
And then cry. fathers wedding toast
Us and my parents after the ‘Gettysburg Address!'parents

Keep God in Your Life and Love in Your Heart and You Can Weather Any Storm

As we moved across the country several times, the future was tough to see
But joined here today, are two native Californians, together in Tennessee
You are exactly where you were meant to be, at this point in your life
You have grown from my little girl, into Eric's beautiful wife

Your trouble with making decisions has always been a mystery to me
The results of your wedding planning are a wonder for all to see
All of those decisions, one year in the making, are evident today
Remember to take pride in every decision you made along the way

Although I haven't told you often enough
Although it may appear that I have been too tough
I'm so proud of what you've accomplished and who you have become
I am excited about your future, and all that is to come

I've given you a great sense of humor, that you should never forget to use
Don't take things so seriously, give a little, you've really got nothing to lose
In times of trouble and times of joy, give thanks to GOD above
That you were brought together, here today, to build a life-long love

Trust in your judgement to do the right thing, you have all the tools you need
Together as a team you'll both be stronger, and you will surely succeed
You are so happy together it's easy to see, that you both have found ‘the one'
I am so thrilled to say, here today, that I welcome my new son!

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  • So sweet!

  • Jestrina

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Brought tears to my eyes!

  • Jestrina

    P.S. LOVE the pic of you two and your parents!!

  • aww πŸ™‚ I loved reading that

  • awww incredible!

  • What a great poem. He did a great job raising you from the way he showed his feelings in his writing. It says I love you all over… Congratulations on your wedding…

  • Don’t forget to always call dad. he will surely miss you.

  • Wow, this is so touching and sweet! You are so lucky to have a father who loves you so much and who is so eloquent!

  • Wow that is such a sweet speech, it made me teary :)! My granddad is giving me away at my wedding, I’m hoping he’ll deliver a classic speech. I’m considering asking my sister to make one too as my head bridesmaid, it should make for interesting listening!

    Stunning pictures by the way :).

  • Wow, that was really touching! OK, that was original (I hadn’t read Mary’s comment yet). Love the photos as well.


  • I really loved that – tears came!

    It really reminded me of my dad’s speech to us just ONE short month ago πŸ™‚

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