Blog from one year ago, as maid of honor (speech 😳), what a blast we had! @taragooley
The backstory and the irony:
I did not even THINK about the traditional Maid of Honor speech at the wedding after a year of preparing for the wedding!
For years facilitating support groups, I have heard women say that they’ve had to decline being the Maid of Honor and/or upset a friend by profusely declaring they would not give a speech. Yet, this still did not cross my mind for a YEAR!
Either I was in complete denial or in complete remission of my public speaking fear, I’m not sure how that got by Ms. Detail-Oriented.
I finally realized it a week prior to the wedding while I was on vacation, unplugged and relaxed. I thought I should ask my friend about it so I texted her that this had just occurred to me.
Me: “How this thought has not occurred to me in the past year is beyond me… Am I giving a speech at your wedding?
Her: “No, you don’t have to do that.”
Me: “Is the best man giving a speech?”
Her: “It’s not required but if people put him on the spot, we told him he might want to have something prepared.”
Me: “I will do the same. Have you thought about this already?”
Her: “Yes, but only if you asked me and wanted to do it, I wasn’t going to ask you to do it”.
Isn’t she a sweetheart? She completely understands the fear of public speaking and didn’t expect that of me. I was unsettled with this response, but I told myself not to worry and let it go, I would think about it when I got home from vacation, a few days before the wedding.
Then, the old resistant, negative thoughts started up. She gave me an out, I don’t have to do it.
In front of all those people? Use a microphone?
I don’t know, I really don’t HAVE to do it. I’ve never spoken in front of that many people before and have barely used a microphone. Guests are flying in from England and Ireland – this speech has to be really good!
What happened? https://www.sociallyspeakingplus.com/2017/11/old-me-verses-new-me-my-made-and-maid-of-honor-speech-last-month/
Shout out to @yaffabeautyrica awesome makeup artist!
Caz addressing her favourite people. Thrilled to have them all here in one room to celebrate love, friendship, family and have one hell of a party. .
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Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Cooper who got married @peckfortoncastle yesterday! What a lovely couple 😃 can you guess what the car is 🚗🚕🚙 worked alongside @craigjacobphoto @hipswinguk @cheshirecelebs @craigowenmusic @yourceremony001
“Being asked to speak at a wedding is like being asked to make love to the Queen if England - it’s a great honour, but no one really wants to do it...” EXCEPT ME! Such a privilege to speak at your wedding @tzaneen_corke ❤️❤️
A poignant moment from this last wedding: The groom’s sunset speech, with breezy cornfields and a 3 story farm tracker passing by in the background. So picturesque and delightfully Midwest (upon my first ever trip to the Midwest). He called everyone present to support the couple, to be there throughout every chapter, in times blissful and arduous as guidance and sources of strength. This is truly the ideal and really what friends and family are for, reciprocally. Too often it seems people are absorbed in oneupmanship, jealousy, their own lives, insecurities, etc to fully uphold their core values. It was inspiring to hear his words, and reminded me of another friend, “Do you value keeping your word even when painful or inconvenient, or do you keep your word only if it serves you?” True love (of spouses, a cause, family, of self) is eternal and transcends the capriciousness of feelings and selfish needs. The resonance of this is so powerful that I’ve been reflecting on it ever since.
I saved this photo of me and the big guy.. for a day like TODAY! @adam_dutch is moving us to Tucson 🌅🎉⚡️♥️ and it is a dream come true!!!! To be able to go back - No one ever leaves Tucson willingly (ask every Arizona athlete who refused to quit T-town after graduating the U of A). And now we have been given the opportunity to carve out a life in the town where we have so much to be grateful for - where we became Wildcats for life, fell in love HARD, made life long friends, learned hard life lessons and made it all work together while being poor athletes.
GERMANY - so many opportunities arose to be thankful and grateful for in the last 4 years - none more than traveling (half) the globe and meeting more new friends who will hopefully be lifelong companions of ours and teammates along with us in our successes of which we have already had A LOT...and hopefully only failures we LEARN FROM.
Adam and I could not be more pleased to have made this all happen, traversing and traveling together to these many places - while navigating the difficulties of living overseas in a country where we are foreigners. It has stretched and challenged our idea of WHAT love is, how to STAY bfs even when you are frustrated & how love looks like in the years to come.
Thank you to everyone who has championed the effort for us to stay here as long as we did, and for those who are excited and have been basically nonstop CAMPAIGNING for us to come back to The States. For it to be Arizona - where we were WED? ⛪️ Really cannot express the amount of happiness connected to that TOWN of Tucson - I know it is all directly related to ADAM - to MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! For me!? I KNOW I am a lucky girl and I don’t know what I did to deserve this guy as my husband!!! (Everyone gets one mushy post a year... this is mine!!!)
Pc: @jordanyoung1993 😱🤘🏼
Nehmt Platz, ich will Euch eine Geschichte erzählen – so wie diesem Paar, seinen Trauzeugen & Gästen. Aber nicht irgendeine Geschichte. Die Story, die ich erzähle, ist mehr als Eure Paargeschichte. Wenn ich sie erzähle, erscheint Ihr in einem anderen Licht. Meine Storys erzählen von Schrebergarten Kai & Luni Popuni, die wegen des Hormonhaushaltes ihrer Hunde zusammenfinden. Oder von Flummi Muddi & Muffel Ludwig, die mit ihrer Chaotentruppe in schweren Zeiten zusammenhalten. Oder von Fräulein C & Herrn D, die im Ambiente von Wiener Kaffeehäusern eine Liaison eingehen. Oder von Spoon & Farmer, den Protagonisten einer Sitcom nach amerikanischem Vorbild, die in einem Vorort von Mainhattan ihren Alltag leben. Es kann sein, dass ich eine Paradiesgeschichte 2.0 oder die Story der wilden Piraten von Ibiza verfasse. Oder ich erzähle die Geschichte der einstigen pubertierenden Teenager Sunshine & Sunnyboy, die nach 16 Jahren Roadtrip miteinander weiter cruisen wollen. Oder ich berichte über den geheimen Ortsvorsteher & die Tierflüstern im Hintertaunus. Kennt Ihr schon die Geschichte der Spielleiterin & „der dem Schwein auf die Nase haut“? Meine Erzählungen handeln von dem Kletterer & der Sportlichen oder drehen sich um die Geruhsame & den Lilientreuen, Schneewittchen & den Sprücheklopfer, die Frühaufsteherin & den Chef oder die Zuhörerin & den Geschichtslehrer. Nein, ich denke mir keine Story aus. Ich erzähle sie nur anders. Es ist wie bei einem Mythos. Er enthält mehr Wahrheit als die profane Geschichte. Wenn Ihr also mögt, nehmt Platz und ich erzähle Euch eine Geschichte. Sie ist Eure einzigartige Story – echt, wahr und wirklich. Ihr kennt sie, aber so habt Ihr sie noch nie gehört.
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