I promised in my last blog that I would post my wedding speech. For those of you with a spare 20 minutes the full text of it can be found here.
Writing this presented a number of challenges, the main one being to stay true to my style whilst not going over the heads of 97% of my guests.
Having defied tradition and changed the order of the speeches so that I had the last speech, my overriding determination was to craft one of my best ever pieces of art. I wanted a verbal firework display that made minds dance and hearts flutter. I found myself quoting random lines from it on our honeymoon. Nevertheless you can listen to and/ or read the final section of my speech below.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, finally… I hear you shouting
There’s no doubt that, I’ve been waiting to explode and had to keep a dry powder
Studying Maria’s make up so I can wake up to her without it
Showing her God, love and Romance is the water in my fountain
This is not settling down this is merely setting up,
Enough is never enough, when you build with love
Though if fools fall in love and wisdom’s part of the equation
I’ll burn at many degrees of passion and enjoy HER education
How did we meet? The story has around 10 variations. For the purposes of time I’ll take one.
The website says that “Our friendship began in church, God smiled on us and we smiled at each other. The rest they say…is history”
Now when I look back at it, I can see evidence of the classic notion that “God works in mysterious ways”.
Although I met Maria in the summer of 2010, having been invited to a picnic at Trentham Gardens by Andy, the first time we spoke at length wasn’t until a year later.
Whilst the memory of what we spoke about has faded, I remember leaving after 90 minutes to go dancing, only to feel like I shouldn’t have left. I cannot say for certain, that if I had stayed for the duration we’d be married already. What I can say is that it perhaps started the pursuit of happiness, for which I had to train my inside man.
Though some of my Grace Church family will have you believe I’m smoooooth, I prefer the terms prayerful, patient and aware.
I realised that this wasn’t Oceans 11, to be her one and only there could be no elaborate strategy. Prayerful, patient and aware is what I had to be. Call me cooler than your best champagne with a stronger subtlety. I recognise that her heart is more precious than gold, diamonds and platinum in the world banks most protected safe.
Her toy boy by virtue of just 3 weeks, I asked her out on January the 13th 2013. At 12 minutes past 6 on the 21st of January, I nearly fell over in the snow when she agreed to meet for our first date.
One thing you may not know, is that Maria asked me out for our second date, which was a month later. From then on we’ve never stopped dating.
How did I know that Maria was the one?
Well…I remember the first time we held hands. Watching The Voice realising we were singing our own heart song. That moment told me this is the hand I must hold onto.
Maria, my happy feet moon walked around Saturn when you accepted the platinum.
We were engaged 6 months and a day after the first date.
Love wouldn’t let me wait. Less than 3 months in to our relationship, I had thought to ask you.
A decoy proposal on a picnic blanket, by the time you turned it around, I was on one knee.
A year and 20 days later…. you’ve married me.
Maria Faye what a wonderful name
I’m living the dream because your syllables kinda rhyme with Adrian Duane
We’re officially a couplet.
Our love will never be paint by numbers
Though in the game of scrabble, Mckenze is worth 25 points
Though today we are joined….
This moment has been 32 years in the making.
There’s been 385 days of waiting after 183 days of dating.
Today’s our coronation, a declaration that our hearts are blaze with passionate flames so flagrant.
Eternity is ours so baby it’s your time I’m taking.
I’ll tell the clock to keep running because you keep my heart racing.
Folk told me all I needed was love and blindly I believed it was true.
Until love opened my eyes and told me that all needed was you.
Only you, no one else but you,
I’m on another planet, not just over the moon.
You make my past stand down so that our future stands up because you are my standard of beauty
You are so beautiful to me.
This Love I have for you will see no heirs.
It’s that rare
So many recognise the light but can’t handle the glare
Today, it’s not just you I gain but the daily choice to invest in
A Love never that sleeps and I’m not that into resting
Like Ray la Montagne says, you are the best thing
Like Robin Thicke says, you centre me
Every day you bring something new to me
My Sexy Cinderella, I can’t wait to kiss you under the moonlight.
As I recognise that real love is made every day, not just wedding night
You are the love story I’ll write with my left hand because I’ll make time to get it right.
(SING) And I don’t wanna bore you with this, oh but I love you, I love you, I love you
Yes I love you
I love you because there’s something about your love
That makes me weak
And knocks me off my feet
Yes there’s something about YOUR love
That makes me weak
And knocks me off my feet
With that in mind could every man woman and child please stand
As I raise a toast to the more than amazing, irreplaceable, love of my life
Maria Faye Mckenzie