Congratulations Dave & Jenna!!!
(picture courtesy of Nikki Mayday Photography)
This past weekend, two of my dear friends, Dave Hopkins and Jenna Cummings tied the knot. I was blessed to be able to share the day as a member of the wedding party and also provide a toast during the reception. Knowing Dave and Jenna for so long, it was easy to choose words to describe how I feel about their special day and journey together as Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins. I also drew inspiration from the late Randy Pausch's lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. A few of you maybe familiar with it, if not, I really suggest you block out 80 minutes and watch it. I have not come across one person who did not feel inspired by the video and have a little more urgency in their lives. Anyways, I had the speech typed up on my phone (yes, I'm a nerd) which was kind of hard to read at the reception so I figure I'd re-post it in its entirety:
Welcome everyone. Welcome.
Thank you Mr and Mrs Cummings, Mr and Mrs Hopkins for having us as we share this special night with Dave and Jenna. Tonight is truly a night to celebrate love. To celebrate Dave and Jenna Hopkins.
Being at a number of weddings, I know that the best speeches are the ones that are short and embarrass the groom. Unfortunately for tonight, I only covered 1 of the 2. This will be a long speech of embarrassing the Dave. I'm just kidding, I only have two more minutes...right?
My name is Quoc Ngo and I went to high school with Dave. They say during high school, you start to grow into the person you will be. I can say that a lot of who I've become can be attributed to my friendship with Dave. I will have to clarify that with all good traits. Dave has shown me what un-wavering friendship, support and loyalty means in life.
As a friend, a man and now as a husband, these characteristics define who Dave is and why he will be a fantastic husband. Jenna already knows this. She knows that when it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.
Speaking of Jenna, I've known Jenna since high school from our time running cross country and track. When I heard Dave was seeing Jenna, I never thought a girl from the cross country team would run away with my friend's heart.
Jenna, thank you for being the infinite source of happiness in Dave's life. This is all you ever want for your friends. The joy and excitement you two share together is wildly contagious. It is easy to see why you two are perfect for each other.
Also, thanks for always being able to just roll with it. When Dave and I get together, we are always doing the most stupid and ridiculous things. You always act like it is normal no matter how off the wall we get. Trust me, that hasn't gone unnoticed by any of us!
To wrap this up, After being married for a year to my lovely wife, Carly. I think I'm finally qualified to provide some advice as you join the married people club:
First off, the little things you do for each other are timeless. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other
Second, enjoy every day, every moment, minute, every last second with each other. Money will come and go, and you can always make more of it. You can't make more time. Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.
Third, Have faith in the unknown. You are both lucky to have found each other and to know each other's dreams even when you don't know what those dreams are yourself.
Finally, I'll leave you with one more piece of advice. When you are asked about how you felt on your wedding night, it's ok to be speechless because that is why this moment is so special.