raise your glass ((the toast i couldn’t say))

… because i would have been a weeping pile of tears. this weekend, i went to the most beautiful, perfect, wonderful wedding. you can read more here. i gave a short and sweet toast at the reception, i had so much more i wanted to say, but i wanted to keep things moving, and i started getting choked up in just 2 minutes. here’s the toast i couldn’t give…

almost 2 years ago to this very day, i met brooke and mike for the first time. i was on a 10 day roadtrip a group of people i had just met. honestly, i had no idea what i was getting myself into. the only other girl on this trip was brooke and i remember checking up on her on Facebook to see what she was all about; trying to determine if we would get along or not. that trip ended up being the most unforgettable time. if you want to find a best friend, just go to Las Vegas and party it up because by the end of those 10 days brooke and i went from being complete strangers to being completely¬†inseparable. from trying to make small talk to cuddling in the backseat of the car watching Criminal Minds. from not knowing each other to being, “the 2 best friends that anyone could have.” i just met this girl, and i felt like i’d known her my whole life. we are similar in many ways: our unbreakable bond with our families, our faith, our obsession with pasta, our passion for scrapbooking, our dorky sense of humor, our complete lack for any sense of direction and our love for wine.

after that trip i continued to get to know brooke and mike more and more. i was ecstatic when they moved to farmington last year since it meant they were so much closer to me. we have dinner dates (they cook) and movie nights and i enjoy every time that is spent with them. in just 2 short years, 2 people that were strangers have become 2 of my best friends; and my life is so much more blessed with them in it. as most of us here would agree, you are both 2 of the most kind, genuine, selfless, hard working, determined, amazing people i have been lucky enough to know. i cant even being to say thank you for all you have helped me through. no matter how hectic your schedules – you have always made time. we have had some unforgettable moments together; we have laughed, cried, danced, drank, traveled, struggled and succeeded together. there are countless stories that will remembered forever (and some i wish we could all just forget…)

i know that there are no “perfect couples” but you 2 have been perfectly made for each other. i could not be happier for you both, and i am so glad that i got to be here and part of this special day. i can’t wait to watch the next chapter of your journey unfold and to see you continue to grow in love. i wish you both a lifetime of happiness, because you deserve nothing less. i thank God for blessing you in my life – because it would not be the same without you in it. i love you – cheers!

Brooke Marie & Michael Joseph Carr

June 2, 2012