speech

Who gives this Woman away?
Joe: Her Mother and I do.
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Please be seated.

Intro:

Friends, Family, Navy helicopter pilots (ONLY if Overhead).

I’d like to welcome you to this salubrious day.

Today is a lovely day that marks the moment of matrimony that we are here to celebrate between these two wonderful souls who’ve found the Good Love.

  • The Good Love, that so many fear will forever elude them.
  • The Good Love that makes the hardest days worth waking up for.
  • The Good Love that makes all words worth writing, all songs worth singing, all movies worth watching, all days worth living.
  • The Good Love that, In Dave’s own word’s, leads you to “Walk into a marketing meeting and come out with a girlfriend?”

Friends and family: We are here celebrating “The Good Love”.

Anyway, long story short, I pitched this “The Good Love” tagline to Marcy and Dave for my wedding officiant speech.

And I thought it was a winner… but Dave was like:

“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, dude… talk about our dog”

And then I told Marcy, and she was like:

“The Good Love… It’s cute, but I can’t really… I just can’t… I can’t really see anyone buying it, dude, can’t you just like, talk about love, and ALSO our dog?

Yeah, sure, no problem.

For those of you who are not aware. Dave and Marcy own a Shiba Inu dog named Quills.

Rodney “Quills” Jenkins, if you’d like to be privy to his full Christian name

And Ladies and gentlemen, love is pretty much exactly like owning a Shiba Inu… if you think about it. 

It’s fluffy. It’s yellow? It eats your books while you’re reading them.

It sometimes tests your patience, and it sometimes tries your soul.

But you don’t mind. Because at the end of the day.

  • When you are tired, the Shiba Inu will invigorate you.

  • When you are sad, the Shiba Inu will energize you.
  • 
When you are angry, the Shiba Inu will smile at you.

  • When you are happy, the Shiba Inu will share in your joy and expand and expound upon it.

  • But, when you forget about the Shiba Inu, even just for a little while, it will chew a hole in your drywall.

Friends and family: We are here celebrating “the Shiba Inu.” or “the Good love” That exists between Dave and Marcy, Today.

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Their story:

Dave and Marcy’s story of how they found that love is a genuine happenstance of joy. And at its heart is simply the tale of two people flat out coming to their senses and realizing that they belonged to one another.

In Dave’s own words: I Met Marcy for a brief second outside Mike Block’s house back in 2008-ish? Block made the initial introduction. Marcy was in her car. She did not even bother to get out of her car to say hello. I have no idea why I was even outside of Block’s house to begin with. Serendipitous – I think so. “

Or, as Marcy puts it: “technically the first time we met, was a quick introduction at Block’s house. I Don’t think we had our first real conversation until he started working at Wpromote again… three years later.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I would wager to guess that nobody standing outside of Mike Block’s house that fateful day in 2008 had any idea what they had just witnessed or what had just happened… least of all Dave and Marcy.

But it happened, and here we are.

I asked our happy couple what they love abut each other, and here is what they said

Turn to David:

Dave, Marcy loves everything about you, your dashing good looks, your ability to make her laugh, your calm nature, your playfulness, your compassion and generosity, your competitiveness, your ability to throw a wadded up paper towel from all the way across the room and nail her in the face, and then the smirk on your face when you do that. There’s a million little things she loves about you.

Turn to Marcy:

Marcy, Dave had trouble answering this question.

His first response to me was “what’s not to love about her?”

I told him that while that was a super sweet thing to say, he wasn’t giving me much to work with.

So we workshopped it, and after a few revisions.

“Marcy Dave thinks you are pretty, pretty princess with a heart of gol… eeerrrr… platinum! Cause he knows you like platinum more than gold so we’ll say that. You don’t snore, you smell pretty and puts up with all of Dave’s b.s. #truelove”

In spite of himself, and all spite of all of his best efforts, Dave cannot hide the fact that he is madly in love with you, and that your strength and extraordinary kindness draws him to you.

Dave used the analogy of your love, comparing it to the way lighting strikes a dry field and turns it into an uncontainable fire. 

Which I thought was PRETTY good and asked why he couldn’t write like that all the time?

Exchange of Rings/Vows:

David, Marcy. It is now time to confirm that it is indeed your intention to be married today. Please face each other and hold hands.

turn to Marcy

Marcy: do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Dave in marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

turn to Dave

Dave, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Marcy in marriage? If so, answer “I do.”

May I have the rings?

David, and Marcy. We are here celebrating the end of a pretty good story, and to bear witness to the start of an amazing life. These rings are a symbol of your commitment to each other, and a bond that will forever tie you to one another.

turn to Dave

David, please place the ring on Marcy’s finger and repeat after me….

I David Stelle

take the Marcy Zuendel

to be my wife

and I pledge my love to you forever.

With this ring, I thee wed.

turn to Marcy

Marcy, please place the ring on David’s finger and repeat after me….

I Marcy Zuendel

take thee David Stelle

to be my husband

and I pledge my love to you forever.

With this ring, I thee wed.

And so with the authority vested in me by the state of California, in the great city of San Diego and with great joy, I pronounce that you are now Husband and Wife.

David, you may kiss your bride.

they kiss

Friends and family, It is my great honor to present to you, Mr and Mrs. Stelle!