Aside from the fact that I can actually document our vows, I realized that through blogging I could also document the speeches! Like our vows, the speeches by special people in our lives helped us relive our history, enjoy the present and pick up bits of wisdom for the future. You’d get to know more about our love story (or the absence of it ) through the eyes of others. Here are my favorite parts of the speeches:
“ We Don't know how it REALLY started (because) It all came as a SURPRISE…We went to a mission trip in Burias (Island), leaving them behind to attend to some community activities. And lo and behold, when we got back, we got were hearing all these crazy stories: the you-can-sit-in-front-so-we-can-cuddle-at-the back incident and we had the chikinini (kiss-mark) incident and quite a couple more.
At (5) PM this afternoon, you made your vow in front of God and His Church. I encourage you to renew those vows by telling each other I LOVE YOU every (5) PM. I pray that you continue to keep HIM (who brought you together) in the center of your relationship”
TRIVIA: Ryan is one of Loving the Distance's most avid readers. Hehehehe! Friendship!
“Distance makes the heart grow fonder. But (Dodong and Inday) took a different route. They made sure their friends are in a very distant island before pursuing their love story.”
The couple proved that every pot has a matching cover. I don't know what people mean by opposites attract. All I know is that (Inday and Dodong) proved that you need to be able to complement each other. On times when (Inday) is a neurotic worrier! (Dodong) is a relaxed person. I hardly see (Inday) get mad. (Dodong) gets mad at anyone and anything.
3 years ng OFW si (Dodong). They made me a believer of LDRs. It's not the most ideal situation but with love, commitment and lots of effort, you can make it.
It takes one God to make this union possible. (Inday) told me once that she prayed for this relationship and she's certain that (Dodong) is god's gift to her. To you (Inday and Dodong), you proved to me that a relationship needs more than cheese and romance to last. You proved that it is commitment, the firm decision to weather through good times and bad that will make a union last. With this is in mind, I am confident that you will take care of this wonderful gift God gave you."
TRIVIA: Kaye was Dodong's partner in crime when he surprised me with the 7 dozen Gerberas on our 7th anniversary.
Crixz, the Matron of Honor
"Actually, that is what I love about them… They understand each other very well. In fact, this wedding is a reflection of that. Because this wedding is a complete union of their different personalities.
(Inday and Dodong)… Please love each other. Do not forget three inportant things: respect, care and trust. And through it all, hold hands and put God in the center of your lives."
TRIVIA: Though she may be the drama queen, she almost made me super cry during our wedding. Boo! Hehehehe!
JR, the Best Man
"I was not actually supposed to have been his best man at this wedding. When (Dodong) first opened to me that he was getting married, he was not asking me to be his best man. He was actually inviting me to be one of his ninongs.
I may just perform the role but he is in truth the best man at this wedding: a complete package of witty yet sensitive, smart yet practical and hard yet soft in the inside.
May your love be added, may it never be subtracted, may your household multiply, and may your hearts never be divided. I wish for patience and understanding for (Dodong’s) antics and I wish for both your eyes to always see the very best in each other with the same affection and longing as when you first met."
JR is a VERY serious person. So he was not joking when he said that Dodong asked him to become one of the principal sponsors. My husband is such a riot right?
Linus, my brother and the Groomsman
"Life will never be beautiful without the characters appreciating, understanding, loving, and participating in each others’ pains and joys, highs and lows. Let the waves crash unto you only to find yourself getting back up to ride it again. Participate in each others’ beauty and love with God, family, friends while closing your eyes only to be enchanted.”
Deep di ba? Hehehe!
Unfortunately, I was able to capture only the speeches that were prepared. The more spontaneous ones and with LOADS of ad lib like the one of my dad’s and my mother-in-law’s are not covered by this post. Sad. So lesson for the speech givers, pls prepare and give codigo!
Love the distance,
Inday I. Nagintay