In all the hectic informal socializing and formal activities involved on our wedding night, I didn't get a chance to give my wrap-up thank you speech to all the wedding guests before all the real partying began. So my lovely new wife agreed to let me guest blog on her site. So here it goes…below is about 80% of what I had already planned to say on January 7th. Imagine that I'm standing in my tux with my Arry by my side when I start talking into the mic:
Good evening, everyone.
So our big event tonight came together somewhat quickly in the course of our romance. And while there are a few reasons why a couple may want get married a bit quickly (and even if you didn’t ask in person, you may have thought about asking) so I’ll satisfy your curiosity right now: she’s NOT PREGNANT. . . YET. haha...
I'd like thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules with work, children and life to join me and Arry as we start our lives together.
I want to thank the folks who traveled from out of state on short notice...from Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Thank you to our wedding party:
Jessica, Arry's maid of honor, aka the MOH,
Jay, my best man, aka the BM,
Arry’s brother, Roy.
My sister, Mi Kyeong.
Peter and Harold and Meme for ushering/DJ'ing/cake-picker-uppering.
And then there is Chris, our officiant. It's the friendship of 15yrs, of a married man of 13yrs, who has 2 small children, who was able to add that very extra special touch of meaningful personalization to our ceremony. We greatly appreciated his thoughtful words and the wisdom he imparted on us.
And finally, I want to thank my parents and Arry’s mom. All the selfless love and work you put into raising us… Thank you for going through heck to raise us in the States. You made sacrifices by choosing to move to the United States I could never in a thousand years imagine making, you worked tirelessly at the worst jobs possible to bring us to where we are now. It's no trivial matter that if our parents had not decided to immigrate to the States, then Arry and I would not only be completely different people, but we would have likely never met. Arry's mom (who resides in NY) especially spent a lot of time here during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and now to help out in our day-to-day needs and the wedding event planning to make this evening a success, so I want to thank her for all of her generous help.
So as I look around at all of your beautiful faces, I know I’ll remember this night forever. And it’s not just because I haven’t been drinking at all so far, haha. ***It's true, I didn't have a single drink of any kind until after the dancing started***
We appreciate any and all good thoughts and prayers from you as we embark on our journey, our first of many years together.
Thank you all again, and now it's time to party!