One after another family members and Mandy's close friend stepped up to the microphone to say kind words about each of them individually as well as together as a couple. First Mandy and Steve each took a turn thanking everyone for taking the time to spend the day with them, many traveling from Austin, Texas. One guest even had to take several flights with connections due to bad weather conditions. That was not going to stop them from attending this special day though.
Next Mandy's Mom Julie spoke followed by her dad, Nick before handing the mic to Steve's parent's Barry and Sandi. Each parent gave their own speech. All very different, but they all had one thing in common... how much they loved Mandy and Steve.
After soups and salads had been passed out Mandy's sister Amy took the mic to tell an adventure of Mandy trying out for a local dance competition without her parent's knowledge and winning!!! Just kidding. Well, she did tell the story and it was pretty funny, but it also happened to be the plot to "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", one of Mandy's favorite movies (the other being Goonies). Still, we all had a good laugh!!!
Anisa, Mandy's good friend, talked about their travel adventures together while expressing her love for her friend and Mandy as a Steve as a couple as the embarked on their greatest adventure. Finally, after the entrees were served, Steve's sister, Debbie, gave and entertaining toast enlightening us to Steve and his shenanigans as a child while his other sister, Jackie, and her family performed the song "Lava" to cap off the dinner portion of the evening.
That is what I will remember most about Mandy and Steve's wedding. How much people love them and how much love they have for their families. It was a inspirational sight to witness.
Mandy and Steve, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I loved getting to know you both and hearing your very own love story. It is truly special. Congratulations to you both!!! Have a wonderful time in Hawaii and when you come back may your journey through marriage be equally grand.