For my sister, on her wedding day. 

This was written for my sister and brother-in-law as my maid of honor toast. They were married in Mexico on June 15th of this year. In the middle of a tropical storm. I was so honored to stand with them. 

  

Good evening everyone. I want to thank all of you, friends and family, for riding out this tropical storm in order to celebrate Amy and Nathan. They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. So I have a feeling that Amy and Nathan will out marry all of us. For those of you who don’t know me, I am Alison, Amy’s younger sister. I feel like I have lived most of my life walking in Amy’s steps. Teachers throughout the years continually referred to me as “little Amy” – because they had already taught her and honestly, I didn’t mind it too much. I have always, or mostly always, loved being Amy’s sister. 

Amy and Nathan attended high school together and grew up with a lot of the same people but never realized it. Then, they reconnected in college through mutual friends, Katy and Pat Seals. Amy and Nathan started dating in 2008 and as a little sister, it’s been such a fun thing to watch Amy fall in love. Nathan has been a champ and has found a place in our family and we have come to love his family as our own. Nathan, I am so grateful for you and I think I can speak for my whole family when I say that we are grateful for the way you love my sister. 

Amy. You look so beautiful. Stunning, really. And if anyone could pull it off today, it’s you. Today I think about the home video of my 4th or 5th birthday party. The video shows me excitedly opening presents and as soon as I get to a particularly good one, Amy loudly exclaims “oh oh!! we share that”. Parties ever since then have been filled with things that we “share”. Except for the time she got her first battery operated jeep and promptly ran me over on her first drive. But, Amy, today is all yours. We don’t have to share this. Today is your day. Thank you for the privilege of sharing it with you. 

Nathan. Welcome. Officially and permanently, to the crazy. So far you have dealt with it amazingly well. Thank you for being the new person Amy gets to boss around. Like I said earlier, I am so grateful for the way you love my sister. Seeing the way you love and care for her has been beautiful to watch.

Amy and Nathan. I don’t have huge words of advice to give you but I do have huge hopes. I hope laughter and love. I hope for a love that trumps fear and anger. People always say “don’t go to bed angry.” And I echo that. Let your love for each other win on those nights. I hope for amazing sunsets on beaches and sunrises in the mountains. I hope you continue to travel. I hope you see the world. I hope you stand in places that make you stand in awe, in places that make you feel small. I hope for Christmas videos and birthday parties. I hope for children that will walk in your steps and be proud to be yours. 

I think about those who can’t be with us today, those who have given us a legacy of love and laughter and joy. May you create a legacy like that. May you create a legacy that will outlive your years. And even then, people will sit around and talk about the wedding that went off with a few hitches but was washed out and wind blown with tons of laughter and love. 

These are my hopes for you. I am so grateful to watch them unfold. 
We raise our glasses to you, Amy and Nathan. Wishing you more love than you can stand. I love you.

  

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