The reception was now more than halfway over, so everybody had a drink (or two) in their hands. That meant it was the perfect time for some toasts!
You may recall that we weren’t sure how much champagne to offer since we knew not everyone would want it for the toasts. In the end, we decided that the two of us would rather toast with our signature drink—Maker’s Mark and Sprite—and we figured our guests would feel the same, so we scrapped the champagne idea altogether!
You may also recall that we forgot to charge the batteries in our wireless microphone, so it was completely dead when toast time rolled around. (Such are the hazards of doing everything yourselves…) We didn’t know that the mic was dead until my sister (and MOH) started her toast. At first we weren’t sure if the volume was just not loud enough or if the restaurant had crummy acoustics, so she continued to speak into it. By the time her toast was done, it was obvious that the mic was completely dead—but you’ll notice in these pictures that everyone held it for their toasts anyway. I guess there’s something comforting about holding a microphone when you’re speaking in front of a crowd?
My sister went first with a toast that made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. She listed all the reasons why she was so excited for Mr. Potion to be joining the family, and how she knew we were a perfect fit for each other. She spoke about how Mr. Potion immediately hit it off with both of my sisters the first time they met—how he’s the type of person they were able to naturally become friends with because of a shared taste in movies and books, not to mention the fact that he’s always treated them like people, not just little sisters. She said that he’d won Mom over immediately—but that’s not saying much, since she gets along with everyone. According to MOH, she knew Mr. Potion was perfect for me when it became obvious that Dad was impressed with him (which is saying something). MOH spoke for both of my sisters when she said that, if they had to have a brother, Mr. Potion would definitely be their choice—and they really do act like siblings, including the occasional bickering!
Then came Mr. Potion’s best woman. They went to college together, so she shared some funny stories from classes and parties at his fraternity house. They also lived in an apartment together with two other people so, heaven help her, she’s had experience cleaning up after him and gave me some tips. (“He seems to think Taco Bell has a shelf life. It doesn’t.”) She ended her toast by reaffirming how very good Mr. Potion is, and how she’s so glad so see him with someone who makes him so very happy.
Finally, my dad grabbed the (dead) mic for his toast. “I was really honored when Mrs. Potion asked me to be the father of the bride,” he said, earning him some hearty chuckles. His toast was mostly filled with advice for the years to come, since he’s a dad, and that’s what dads do—give advice. He told us that marriage requires a lot of work, but that if we keep Christ at the center of our relationship it won’t have to feel like work. He got a little emotional, the way he always does when he’s reminded that his baby girl is all grown up, but we were definitely all smiling when he shared the great secret to a successful marriage. (“There is no secret—you just have to figure it out.”)
Who gave toasts at your wedding? Were they all humor or all heart?
*all photos by One Photo Gallery*
- Love Potion #0.5: Uh”¦Who is This Chick?
- Love Potion #1: Dress Rehearsal
- Love Potion #2: Gettin’ Our Hairs Did
- Love Potion #3: Last Minute Details
- Love Potion #4: Corsages for the Generations
- Love Potion #5: The Boys Get Spiffy
- Love Potion #6: “Formal” Portraits
- Love Potion #7: Goin’ to the Chapel”¦
- Love Potion #8: Proceeding with the Ceremony
- Love Potion #9: Leaving Our Families to Cling to Each Other
- Love Potion #10: And Then We Got Married
- Love Potion #11: Our First Meal as a Married Couple
- Love Potion #12: Boys Just Don’t Smile
- Love Potion #13: Formal Portraits that are Formal: Family Edition
- Love Potion #14: Formal Portraits that are Formal: Bridesmaid Edition
- Love Potion #14.5: We Didn’t Have a DOC
- Love Potion #15: Why Dance When You Can Watch Football?
- Love Potion #16: The Sweetest Part
- Love Potion #17: More Pictures! Because Wedding.
- Herndon, VA
- Wedding Date:
- November 2012
- St. JohnÃ¢Â€Â™s Catholic Church / SpringHouse, Alexander City, AL