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A very cheerful Good morning to our family members and friends gathered at this magical venue
here. I, Jeff and my wife, Sophia, welcome you all warmly to the marriage ceremony of my son,
Stephen with his childhood sweetheart, Lorraine.
Love is quite strange, isn’t it? You never know when you fall in love until you really do. I am sure
Stephen will agree with me on this. Who would have thought that Stephen and Lorraine who were
best friends ever since they were five years old are now man and wife? I still remember Lorraine
complaining to me how badly Stephen behaved with her when she wore her first braces. How they
threw cakes on each other’s faces during their birthdays! How they used to talk all through the night
about stars, planets and a universe beyond that!
When they completed school, I saw Stephen crying for the first time, because he had to move away
from Lorraine. I realized that there was something stronger between them than friendship. I
remember his sheepish grin when I asked him if he loved her. He thought he was convincing me
when he said they were just best friends. However, Stephen, I am going to spill the beans now. I
knew you were trying to convince yourself at that particular moment, weren’t you?
While both these beautiful people loved each other madly, I am so proud to let everybody know that
it didn’t stop them from choosing their careers wisely. When we attended Stephen’s graduation
ceremony, I remember him looking beyond us and searching whether Lorraine, his Lorraine had
come. I was surprised to know that they had kept in touch even though they were continents apart
from each other. I never treated Stephen as my son; he was and will always continue to be my best
friend. So, I asked him again if he loved her. This time around, his answer was, “Dad, I am not sure”. I
smiled within myself thinking this was a far better answer than what he gave me when completed
Lorraine, today, I am professing all these little secrets of my son because I want you to know that he
has always loved ever since he met when you both were five years old. I can’t believe you both have
known each other for over a quarter of a century now! How incredible can that be? And we have all
gathered here to wish these two, who already know each other than most of us know our spouses
even after being married for a decade!
I am sure Lorraine must have felt the same way about my son all through her growing up years as
well. Else, why would she leave all those hot guys who studied with her in that high-profile law-
College and pine for my son who didn’t have the courage to express his love for her? Lorraine,
thanks for waiting for so long until Stephen finally mustered up his courage to speak to you about his
feelings. He can be senseless at times, most of the times, rather; but you both complete each other.
Stephen, we always knew you were soul-mates who were meant to be together. You may get wild at
me, but here is something that I have to share with everyone present here. The other day, I went up
to your room to take the book that you borrowed from me years ago and I happened to see some
things lying around your shelf (Sorry for snooping, son, but couldn’t help it!). Lorraine and all of you
– do you know what I found there? Every single note and letter that he and Lorraine had shared with
each other in the last 25 years, every single Christmas and New Year card that they sent each other
and personal gifts, that I didn’t bother looking into. I had looked enough that day to know how much
of love my son was capable of giving.
Stephen and Lorraine, you both are gifted to find true love in each other. We often say that
friendship is the essence of a relationship. Here, we are witnessing the marriage of two best friends
who have known each other ever since they were running around in knickers. I am delighted for you
both and I am sure that you will have a rocking life ahead!