This post is simultaneously one of my favorite posts and one of my sadder ones. My dad’s toast was so good. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t know he had it in him. It was just perfect.
Unfortunately, we found out later that our videographer’s camera froze right at the beginning of the toast, so he wasn’t able to capture most of it. (I have no hard feelings toward our videographer about this. He was very apologetic. I know it wasn’t his fault at all.) But I have no idea what my dad said. (Bride brain. Everything goes in one ear and out the other.) I remember thinking that it was wonderful. I was so excited to watch it again when we got our video. But… sad times. Things happen.
Luckily, I do have some of the toast captured on video.
The beginning is what I really don’t remember. But at some point, my dad brought up the many degrees and titles that Mr. Whale and I have. (Between us we have 4 bachelor’s degree, two master’s degree, and two PhD’s…) I had actually just graduated from my PhD program the Sunday before the wedding, so all of this was fresh on our minds. My dad mentioned how proud he was of our accomplishments. And then came the really good stuff.
“As Gail and I were talking about today, the thing we observed is that today they achieved a new title. It’s a different title. It’s the title of Mr. and Mrs. And it’s different in a special way. It’s not an individual title. It’s a joint title. One part of the title means nothing without the other part. And while they’ve worked very hard to earn their other titles, this is a title that they’ll have to work very hard every day for the rest of their lives to earn.
So, I know they’re up to the task. I know they’re looking forward to it. And I’m excited to see that. And we’ll always be there to help them, as will many of you. So thanks again for coming and attending. We wish them all the best and all the success. And we look forward to continuing to experience their life with them.
And so with that, I’d like to propose a toast.
To many long and happy years and experiences with Matt and Erin!
Hip, hip! Hooray!
Hip, hip! Hooray!
Hip, hip! Hooray!”
Dads are so wise sometimes. I know I’m partial, because he’s my dad. But I think that might be the best toast ever.
Did your wedding guests offer you any especially wise words?
*All photos by the awesomely awesome Brenda Upton Photography.
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously…
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows (which were written on our manatee cards), exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward. Then we moved on to family photos.
- The wedding party posed, jumped, and ran! Mr. Whale and I took some pictures together.
- We kicked the reception off with some Montell Jordan and Van Halen! Then we chowed down on dinner and cake.
- The toasts began with some performances.