Erinn and Michael’s wedding was Friday, September 14, 2018 – I wanted to share my heart with all of you and what I said to the guests and to Erinn and Michael when it was my turn to take the podium.
This is my ‘Mother of the Bride’ speech that evening:
“They say that as little girls, we always dream of our fairy tale wedding day when we grow up. It’s a magical day that many of us dream about throughout our lives. I certainly did! So much so, in fact, I did it two times!
But the truth is that it’s nothing in comparison to THIS – your daughter’s wedding trumps all of that! Nothing is more profoundly emotional and deeply heartfelt than your daughter’s wedding. True.
I never really fully understood my actual role as a mother until today.
The sheer joy that comes from witnessing this child that you birthed, grow and mature and evolve into this majestic beauty, blows any conception of a wedding day I could’ve ever conjured up in my mind. I’m sure I can speak for many mothers here, the joy you feel when you look at your child. They grip your very soul and when you can sit and marvel at this ‘creation’ that simply brings so much happiness into your life and those around her, you can only say (with complete humility and humbleness), “Wow”.
For me, I look at Erinn, as this human being, and I am in awe. She’s a remarkably beautiful soul inside and out and she just happens to my daughter and my best friend. I just count my blessings every day.
What I’m leading up to is this: I have had a remarkable and incredible life up until now. I’ve been blessed to be a part of my daughter’s life in so many ways, including being business partners, co-authors of a best selling cookbook, and travel buddies. It’s been a mind-blowing ride, to be perfectly honest, and I’m so full of gratitude for all that I am and all that I have. And now, today, it has doubled. Just like that.
I now have a son who is equally as magical as Erinn. Officially Michael is now in our family and I could not be more excited and elated. Michael knows how much I love him; I tell him everyday and funny enough, there’s a joke between the four of us (Ken, Erinn, Michael and me) regarding how I favour him over Ken and Erinn. Well, of course I do! He’s the kindest, most caring, most respectful, most compassionate soul I could ever dream of Erinn sharing her life with. He also never picks on me like the other two do.
Dear Cathy and Ross – Thank you so much for doing such a great job with this guy. XO We are all so blessed to be here together tonight and we need to celebrate us all.
Congratulations to these two magical souls, Erinn and Michael, on your beautiful wedding day. You are now forever – husband and wife.
May the Universe always have your back.
May you both treasure each other and keep the magic brewing in your hearts and souls forever.
May you both hold space for what matters most…your deep love for one another.
Thank you for who you both are. I am forever and always in awe of the two of you.
I love you both so much,