Sharing the unspoken speech I finally give to Katie Sweet (and Greg).
I was the maid-of-honor at the Sweets' wedding in 2012. In typical Leyla fashion, I got into a competition with the best man - who would give the better speech. I prepared my speech, saved it on my phone, then quickly succumbed to pressure to speak without notes, and relinquished my phone.
On our way to the wedding
The original wedding speech I wrote, still saved on my phone.
I made a handful edits to the original wedding speech, corrected spelling and a few minor grammatical edits, but for the most part this is exactly what I prepared for Katie and Greg in 2012. This is the first time they're hearing, or reading, it.
Thank you Katie and Greg, I am so happy to be included in your wedding - - and thank you Randy, Sandy, Nancy & Ron for being so kind and welcoming. This has been an incredible journey for both Katie and Greg, and being a part of the experience, and this day, means the world to me.
Still on our way to the wedding
I first met Katie on the boat (I recall thinking to myself -- she is very blonde and very tall). Katie and I clicked right away, even though I can be a bit of a challenge to get along with at times.
Random Chicago Boat Girl: that's not Katie, I was ON the boat with her not a different boat taking photos of her
Katie has a keen sense of humor and we share a level of sarcasm that not very many can appreciate -- it was one of the first things I noticed as I got to know Katie better. I quickly realized she is pretty... AND funny!
Katie likes to drive her motorcycle fast.
Aside from her awesome ability to ruin a perfectly good photograph with her big "thumbs up" or by making a ridiculous face a six-year-old wouldn't make -- Katie is an old soul who has a way of making people feel welcomed -- she makes everyone feel like they belong. From the day I met Katie, she went out of her way to include me and make me feel like I was a part of The Sweet Family..... Kinda like Miley's big step sister.
Katie and Greg are a perfect match -- she knows when and exactly how to crack that whip, but she also knows what won't fly with him. She's the yin to his yang - she's organized and on time... he not so much. She loves music and the arts... He not so much. She's graceful and poised .... He, not so much. She's slender and tall.... He, not so tall.
Greg goes for a ride in Mexico
Katie gives him a lift
This may be a little hard for me to talk about, but it comes from my heart: Greg, I think your grandpa (and Sue) would have adored Katie. It is easy for me to picture how they might banter, she would have made him laugh and he would have most certainly approved of her looks.
Greg jokingly waves a chair over my head at the wedding
I trust Greg, I don't trust his depth perception
Greg, I think you married a a wonderful woman --- she is the most positive force in your life and your instinct was right.... Your instinct is always right.
Mr. and Mrs. Sweet
Again, I just want to say how happy I am to be a part of this wedding. I know it is kinda weird, but it is very special to me, and means a lot that you asked me to be a part of it.
But before I shut up ---
I regret to inform you, Banjo & Sullivan will be canceled tonight.