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Those of you, who know me, probably aren’t surprised that I want to say a few words today. Those of you, who know me really well, will be surprised if it is only a few words!!
I’m actually amazed to find myself standing here beside Phil today, because I always hoped mine would be an arranged marriage, but unfortunately George Clooney just wasn’t keen.
After eight years together it means a lot to be standing here as Phil’s wife and I’m sure he’s happy too, now that he can finally start to let himself go.[drizzle]
There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to speak today. The first is that I would like to beg forgiveness from all those people I’ve lied to over the past six months or so, while organising “Phil’s surprise party”. I’ve told so many lies my nose should be longer than Pinocchio’s. Phil on the other hand has been able to sleep easy at night, knowing that he’s told hardly any lies, as no one has discussed the party with him. This is lucky really, as he can’t afford for his nose to get any bigger!
The second reason I wanted to speak today was to personally thank some very special people.
To Phil’s parents, John & Joyce, thank you for making me feel so welcome in the Goodman family. I feel like I’ve been a part of your family forever and thank you for raising Phil so well.
I’d like to thank my Mum for carrying the burden of being the only person, other than Phil and I to know about this wedding! Mum you have helped with the wedding so much and let’s face it, if you hadn’t come with me to buy the dress, I’d be up here naked. So everyone has something to thank you for. Thank you Mum, I appreciate everything you’ve done and I hope that I can make you proud.
I’d like to thank my dad for all he has ever done for me. Throughout my life he’s always been the first person I turn to for help and advice, not to mention money. Talking of which has mum told you you’re paying for my dress!
But seriously Dad you mean the world to me, thank you for always being there. I hope you enjoyed our surprise and at least you didn’t have to buy mum a new outfit.
I would like to thank both my mum and dad for all their love, support and guidance throughout my life. You have been the best parents a girl could wish for. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for your encouragement. You have shown me the love and commitment involved in a marriage. I didn’t settle for anything less than true love because of your example. I knew what to look for and I waited for it … and waited, and waited.
And then along came Phil.
You know, my Mum always told me to marry a rich man and I couldn’t have married a richer man than Phil. He is rich in inner strength, understanding and kindness, in forgiveness, patience and humour. Over the last 8 years, Phil has been everything to me – my partner, my best friend, and my soul mate – not to mention my chauffeur, my cleaner, my butler and my banker. That was banker! And here he stands today – my husband![/drizzle]
They say you don’t marry the man you can live with you marry the man you can’t live without, and for me, that’s Phil.
Would you all please join me in raising your glasses to my new husband.
I hope you have all now recovered from the surprise we gave you and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sharing this magical day with us. Today wouldn’t have been as special as it is without our family and friends being here to celebrate with us.
I’d like to propose a toast to you all – To family and friends!