Thank You! The speech I never made…

15-0613burke-blog-5What a wonderful wedding day we had! When it came time to give my “thank you” speech I was not prepared, I left my written notes in the hotel and drew a complete blank after Cassie finished her amazing speech. It was a tough act to follow. So, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what I had intended on saying that day. Here it goes…

If you told me three years ago I would find the man of my dreams, get swept away in love, and marry him less than two years later, I would not have believed you. I might have even laughed at your suggestion. But here I am, a married woman; married to an affectionate, generous, intelligent, and handsome man who has proven he is perfect for me in every way. Thinking back on the time between our first meeting and today I can honestly say we have found something uniquely incredible, and we truly are the luckiest people in the world. 

We were thrilled to be able to share our luck with you. On each of the wedding favors we included a real four-leaf clover to bring you luck along with this Irish Blessing. “May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.”

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When I think of all the hard work that went into our day I am most amazed by those who helped make it all come together. To my new Mother and Father (Les and Deb), I am so excited to be a part of your family! Thank you for raising the man I love, and for being not only supportive, but for working so hard to make an already beautiful place even more gorgeous for our special day. Your love shows in everything you helped us create from the gazebo, cafe lights, fountains, and planter baskets, to the table runners, pillows, and the wood rounds on all the tables. It’s perfect. Thank you!

15-0613burke-blog-13Mom, Rob, we would not be standing here as Husband and Wife if it had not been for your part in helping me find my way to being the confident woman I am today. My emotional journey was difficult, but your care and guidance though it all made me feel deserving of the love I share with Daniel. It seems fitting that your gift to us be to capture this day from beginning to end so that we always have a way to relive our journey and to see ourselves so strong and confident together. Thank you!

Cassie, as my maid of honor you rocked it! You spent days, nights, and some entire weekends working on the DIY projects that you saw at the wedding. The wooden photo stands, silverware pockets, favors, and of course the giant chalkboard signs. Not to mention if I asked you to jump, you would have said “How high, and in which direction, and how many times?” Honestly you went above and beyond what a friend should ever be expected to do. You even told me I wasn’t a bridezilla, but I know that’s probably just your amazing ability to see our friendship as a whole package. Thank you!

15-0613burke-blog-17Dan and I are so grateful to our entire wedding party for many years of friendship for traveling from near and far to be a part of our wedding day, and for working together to make it all happen the way I dreamed it would. Each of you means so much to us, it was impossible to imagine having this day without you. Even in the beginning when Dan and I talked of a small simple ceremony on the beach somewhere, you were all included. We would have done anything to make sure you were there with us!

Thank you for more than 100 combined years of friendship!

15-0613burke-blog-16Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you goes out to all those we enlisted to make our special day happen so beautifully. This includes Jim Burke, my Uncle the Ordained Dudeist Priest, the DJ’s – Dave and Susan Lucht, the special family and friends who supplied the tasty desserts (you know who you are), and all the vendors we hired: Nadia Ly and her team at Creations by Ly, Wil Hansen from White Pepper Catering, Kay Dietl of Flowers For You, Matt from Smile Photo Booth, the crew from West Coast Events and Barclay Event Rentals, Marc and team from Moving Pictures, Seppi and assistant from Powers Studios, Whit from Sunshine Limo Company, the First Student drivers, Ange of Rhythm Bodyworks, the staff at Three Degrees Restaurant, and Jasmine and Rachel from Blossom & Beauty hair and makeup. Truly amazing work from them all!

THANK YOU!

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