Right after the father-daugher/mother-son dance people headed for the dance floor; the band did a great job getting everyone to dance.
Mr. Toadstool’s parents having some fun. Everyone in MIL’s family commented on her dancing—she’s a bit shy, so it was a nice surprise.
Mr. Toadstool danced with his godmother.
My parents dancing a bit, even though it looks they were just standing there
Then, when dinner was served, it was speech time.
It is not traditional to have speeches around here. However Mr. Toadstool asked the groomsmen if they wanted to say some words. Well, they took it as a personal challenge and a competition. Soon I’d start getting messages from GM P telling me he was going to make us cry; later GM L would tell me he’d make us cry harder than P. They’ve been present in our lives for almost our entire relationship, all nine years of it, so they had material.
First was GM P:
Hi, I am P, Mr. and Mrs. Toadstool’s friend. I just want to say a few words to the bride and groom. I wanted to say it was really a pleasure, Mr. and Mrs. Toadstool, to grow up with you, being there when that boy asked that girl to be his girlfriend, growing up alongside you. Mrs. Toadstool, I’ve known you since secondary school. Mr. Toadstool, I never imagined we would had the kind of friendship L, J, and we have, the four of us.
I am very happy to have you both as friends. I love you both. Best wishes to both of you. Congratulations again. Have the time of your lives, and it’s been a pleasure to be part of your lives.
Although emotional, he didn’t make us cry. He later admitted changing his “tear worthy” speech because he found it a bit cheesy.
GM L took the stage:
Well, I wanted to say a few words too; I am L. I’ve been friends with Mr. and Mrs. Toadstool almost since the beginning of their relationship. I saw them grow up, I grew up with them, I had that blessing. I love them both. I rooted for them. Well, I play the guitar and sing a bit, and it was a few years ago that we all got together to go serenade Miss Toadstool, because it was one of their many anniversaries, and it’s the song we played that night that makes me remember them every time I listen to it, and it’s the song I hope Mr. Toadstool joins me in singing now.
The song was “Cielo” by Benny Ibarra.
So, he called Mr. Toadstool to the stage and made him sing the song (totally out of tune, by the way) while we all tried to sing along.You can hear part of it at the end of our video.
The fun part was that neither of them remembered the entire lyrics, so the band had to sing along to remind Mr. T and L. It’d been eight years!
After a lot of laughter and some accusations from Mr. T for making him go through that, it was J’s turn.
Guys, I am very happy to see you going full circle, because you did everything right, the way it had to be done.
Mr. Toadstool, I feel in the beginning we were not the closest for different reasons, but over time I realized the great person you are, ‘cause you’ve taught me a lot, taught us a lot, you’ve made us grow up as people, mature more than anything. I am very grateful, because at the end of the road, here we are as friends, us four from all those people we thought were our friends.
I want to tell you two that I am very proud of you, because you are role models, and I wish with all my heart that you have a great life.
Then BM A, inspired by the guys, decided to take the mic.
One more, it’s my turn. Miss Toadstool I just want to say, after 23 years…
And she started sobbing…I ran to her, hugged her, and started sobbing with her. She could only finish it by saying: “We’re still here,” and that was it.
And with that, the guys decided she had won.
Did you ask your wedding party or family to give a speech or did they decide to do it themselves?
*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography