I love great stories told during toasts at weddings. It's one of the things that helps me connect with my couples: learning something personal about them and their family. I've heard some pretty amazing toasts. Some have brought tears to my eyes. Many make me chuckle. And yes, I've heard some bad toasts.
Gina and Spence recently married on beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake at Gina's family's lake home. I met with them and Gina's family about a year ago at the lake to show them my work and to get to know each other. They gave me a tour of their lake home and I was blown away by the natural beauty of the place. A year later I returned for their wedding and saw the fruits of a year's worth of weekend labor to spruce up the lakefront and host a wedding. The first thing that caught my eye was the dock decorated for the ceremony.
The ceremony was held on the dock and as you can see from the image above, it is carefully built around a rock. It's one of those details that you immediately appreciate and fall in love with. Enough chairs were set on the dock for the wedding party and family and the guests watched comfortably from the lawn. Lake neighbors quietly paddled by slowing down to enjoy the scene. After the ceremony Gina's father gave me a big thumbs up as he walked to the house with his wife. I knew it was special for them to have their daughter marry at the lake, but I didn't realize at the time just how special it was.
Towards the end of cocktail hour, Gina's father gave a heartfelt toast in which he shared the story of when he met his wife. A buddy of his took him to a party at a lake house. He reminisced about the drive down a long bumpy dirt road unsure of where they were going only to finally come upon the house. He walked down towards the lake, out onto the dock, and laid eyes on his wife for his first time. It was the same dock his daughter was just married on. It was a great toast with a fun story that shared the significance of the dock. The evening continued with dancing, food and drinks, laughing and tearful hugs, and fireworks - viewed of course from their dock.
Congratulations Gina and Spence!