Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Toast of Firsts

Many of you knew I was a little worried about my sister's maid of honor toast that I gave last Saturday.

By "a little worried," let's just say it was nothing that a glass of Riesling couldn't fix.
And no, I didn't quote Wedding Crashers,
or read the whole thing word-for-word from a little scribbled on piece of paper.

I'm going to publish my speech here for you today,
as a way to give my sister a little something she can always remember from her special day with Andy.

Marnie... you're next, you know (and no... no date yet).
I hope you're cookin' up something good ♥

Growing up, despite the fact that she was a year and 6 days younger,
Marnie was always leaps and bounds ahead of me.
Each time we moved, she made friends first.
In fact, she always had a really close group of best girlfriends.
I had... like... one... ever.

She started shopping at Abercrombie first,
she got her own TV in her room first, 
she even started cheerleading first...
and broke almost all of her bones first.

She also was the first to show love toward me.
To show me that she looked up to me as a big sis,
despite all the torture I put her through.
She was the first to share her clothes,
to pick me up when I needed a ride,
to give me a shoulder to cry on.

Watching her share this moment with her first true love
is something I am going to hold so close to my heart.
And today, as I stand by her side as her maid of honor,
I am the most proud sister in the whole world.

Marnie and Andy, you guys have what it takes.
You have joy, you have laughter, you have endless romantic love for each other.
You are best friends, heck— you are co-workers,
and you are a daughter and a son,
a sister and a brother,
and now a husband and a wife.

And I will be the first to admit,
the love that you two share is such a blessing.
It's an honor to share it with the both of you today.
Let's toast to the bride and groom.


Elisha said...

Your younger days sound like mine too!! I started shopping at places before my 2-years-older-sister.. and many more examples, I could tell!



Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

What a beautiful toast, A! I love it!

Marley said...

That is such a beautiful toast :**)

Sarah said...

Beautiful speech!

Amanda said...

I am in tears! And it wasn't even my sister. or my toast. or my wedding. But that was beautiful! <3

Michelle said...

Awww how nice! And her dress is so pretty.

Freya Lily said...

Aw what a great speech!!! I had to give one at my sister's wedding last year and I worried for WEEKS about it. I made sure not to start drinking till after the speech I was so concerned. In the end I got up there, forgot everything I had written and gave this impromptu speech that I can't remember! There was a lot of crying too...and not just from me :)

Rachel said...

What a lovely speech! I love that shade of blue- it looks so pretty on you!

Stephanie said...

Aw! Totally sweet, I love it!

Georgia Glam said...

I love it!!! I've got to make an MOH speech in March and I'm a little worried...I might actually be quoting Wedding Crashers haha! You, in that shade of blue, STUNNING :)

The Pink Growl said...

So sweet! I love it! You guys look so much alike - both gorgeous girls!

Janna Renee said...

This is priceless and wonderful, but I wouldn't expect ANY less from you. You are a beautiful writer girl, and so full of love. Great job!

Priya said...

Aww I loved reading this Aunie! It's making me nervous and excited for when my sisters get married, I don't know how I'll be able to make my thoughts sound this good! This is excellent though, and what a gorgeous picture. Can't wait to see more from the wedding :)

perfectly priya

Mallory said...

So sweet! You're sa fabulous big sister:)

Tanya said...

You both look gorgeous! And this was such a pretty speech! You are both so lucky to such a good sister relationship!

anika♥Lee said...

Beautiful speech :) I gave a MOH speech at my little sister's wedding but I am SO not a public speaker, I kept it super short. So sweet!

Kimberly said...

Great speech, Annelise!

xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

KDub said...

Great job! I was tearing up just reading it!!

Anonymous said...

What a GREAT job you did on this toast. Just beautiful!

Kait said...

Well 1. you both look absolutely gorgeous! No real shock there, that's a daily occurrence for you :) and 2. what an amazing speech and gift to your sister by posting it! Love it!

Crystal said...

Nicely done, got a little tear going. said...

That's so sweet! My sister and I are just 2 years a part, but I feel the same way!

Allyssa said...

Beautifully written! You guys are lucky to have each other!

Lily said...

Beaaaaaaaaaautiful words from an even more beautiful gal:)

Lily said...

just testing;)

Erica said...

Adorbs! This was very nice of you to post so she can always looks back on it. It makes me wish I could look back on the speech's MOH's gave ;)'re always one step ahead!

Renee Arianna said...

Speeches are the worst! This one turned out beautiful!! Great job!

Nicole said...

You both look so alike - too cute!

Katie said...

This was a beautiful speech! Actually had me tearing up a bit - sisters are the best.