On Saturday my little “Moose” got married, here is a video of their wedding:
And here is my speech that I wrote:
Good evening everyone, I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. I’d like to think that I can always be relied on for two things. One is I love a good party, so you’re all under orders from me to have a good time this evening. And the second is I don’t normally like paying for it, so make the most of this rare occasion
Standing here in front of all of you today, I feel incredibly old. To me, it was only yesterday that Erin was born. I remember holding her in my arms seconds after entering the world, blonde hair, blue eyes, 22 inches long with 12 inches being her long and lanky legs. It was then I nicknamed her Moose.
I never thought that I’d ever be as happy as I was then, but I was wrong. Seeing my Moose look as radiant as she does on her wedding day makes me happier than I ever thought possible. I am so proud of everything that she has become.
Marriage, they say, is made in heaven. Well I’m afraid I have to disagree. This marriage was not made in heaven, it was made online on the Internet, while Erin was sitting next to me building our first online empire in the fall of 2006, Radarbusters.
Erin and Thomas had their first face to face meeting in Phoenix which quickly escalated to 400 mile round way trips up to Flagstaff each weekend.
In January of 2007 is when Erin broke this shocking news to me “Dad, I’m in love with Thomas and I’m moving to Flagstaff, I’m going to marry him”
Now being an ex cop and a suspicious father and not knowing anything about you Thomas, I made several enquiries about you at the Flagstaff Police Department and the Coconino Sheriff’s Office as I thought that would be a good place to start digging for dirt about my future son-in-law. But they had nothing to say … except that you were the perfect guest whenever you stayed over.
Having been in the wedded state the last twenty eight years of my life, I am in a position to offer our newlyweds some timely advice: give and take. That’s the secret of a happy marriage, I have found. Give and take. They’re the key words. The wife gives the orders and Thomas, that’s right … you take them. In conclusion, I would like you both to say just one short phrase each that you can remember all your married lives, which should help remind you both of your obligations and the roles you will play in the coming years. Thomas, will you repeat after me, ‘I’m sorry dear, I screwed up’. And Erin, will you repeat after me, ‘Don’t worry dear, just don’t do it again’.
Ladies and gentlemen …
Here’s to the husband
And here’s to the wife.
May they be as one – The rest of their life.
to Thomas and My Moose!