Karina Borges & Ryan Ericksen

CELEBRATION SPEECH

Good evening!
We are gather together this day, friends and family, WITH SO MUCH JOY AND EMOTION to CELEBRATE the union of Karina Borges and Ryan Ericksen and we would like to thank God and all of you who attended here.

On my first meeting — with the bride — I was “urged” not to speak as much as I would like, since I was intending to spend a couple of hours talking to you about the REASONS that led Karina to the other side of the world and made her tread the more diverse and unforeseen paths until now, in this sublime moment, where we celebrate the fulfillment of this relationship which is worthy of, without a doubt, turning into a movie script! You heard it right!

As I was interviewing the couple and became familiar with their stories, it was inevitable to go through the scenes that could perfectly fit into one of these great Hollywood productions.
Examples?

THE OPENING SCENE [RYAN]:

Our protagonist, still very young, about 20 years ago, enters the school and meets friends who will accompany him throughout history— by the way, this is a union so genuine that these loyal friends are even present here, today!

After some adventures, the group of friends set out on several great journeys to explore the world, going through Central America, Asia, South America and, in his passage through Europe, Ryan ends up staying in London for three years.
CUT THE OPENING SCENE!

Another promise I made to Karina is that this story would have to be bilingual, especially the part where we are going to talk about her. So…

SECOND SCENE [KARINA]:

Our young lady had come to the slight realization that something very important could happen when she left Brazil, but she was a little afraid of being so far away from everything that was safe for her as, for instance, the partnership with her sister, Karen. — as a typical team of film productions, Karina told me that she was usually the courageous one, while Karen was the balanced one, sort of “the thought before the action” … one always complementing the other.

But, as I was saying, our heroine has always been pure action and literally she head off into an ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME

Uh! That sounded amazing, did it not?
But this is the plain truth: I said space because… do you have any idea of how far Australia is from here?
It is so far away that it really requires a time travel: we have to go forward in time to reach … the future.
CUT THE SECOND SCENE!

I suppose everyone here knows the time zone differences, interesting at the very least, between our country and theirs, because there are places there that can be up to 10 hours ahead of us!!!
That means that right now, in Australia, for all that we are going soon to drink at the party… we are already waking up in a hangover!!

NOW COMES THAT MOVIE PART IN WHICH YOU COULD THINK OF BUYING MORE POPCORN, BUT, PLEASE, KEEP SEATED… WE WILL HAVE CAKE!!

After so many trips, Ryan was no longer a teenager: he was back home, living and working in the capital of Western Australia; whenever he could, he was going to surf on the Australian waves, but… one night in a bar in the city of Perth

It had been almost two years after the strong emotions of having left Brazil to know the Outback, and Karina’s life started to become “normal”… you know, the usual: studies, job…
Her contact with the family — so dear and usually so present — was made only by phone or the internet…
Anyway, not even the parties and their drinks could avoid the monotony, until one night in a bar in the city of Perth……

AND WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT BAR IN THE CITY OF PERTH?

I was not there to know if it was a look or a bump, but surely the most crucial moment of our whole plot was at that bar in Perth: the first time they met, the first time they talked to each other… I’m not sure if he was dancing well in the center of the dance floor, but it was certainly the first time they drank together!

It might have been just another happenstance meeting, but the joy and warmth of Karina soon caught Ryan’s attention: there was something different from everything he had seen so far, and suddenly a person who could go unnoticed… started to become a character in Ryan’s life story.

Karina, on the other hand, could never have imagined that so soon after that night her health would put her in such a serious emergency that she would have to be hospitalized, however she could count on an unexpected and faithful companion: Ryan!!
(Can we say, in this case, that there are evils that come for good?)
According to her, since there was not really a more serious commitment, the fact that he stayed by her side , when it would be so much easier to go out to do more fun things, was REMARKABLE, simply because she had never met anyone SO CAPABLE OF GIVING OF ONESELF.

There, in such a completely unforeseen situation, Karina had finally discovered the MAIN REASON of going so far: TO FIND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.
(Now I’m going to reveal the final shot for everybody who did not put faith in my idea of a screenplay)
And there, having chosen to take care of Karina in a hospital, Ryan Ericksen proved to be, yes… a TRUE HERO!
LET’S STOP THE MOVIE HERE!


While I’ve been here, narrating this romantic adventure to you, I realized that, unintentionally, I’ve played the role of the villain: while I’m speaking here, I am also preventing our heroes from kissing each other, but … thing is that they themselves asked me to celebrate their union!
And I need to talk, at least a little, about RELATIONSHIP.

IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY

And I am absolutely sure that excellent and important decisions have already been taken for the starting of a new and beautiful family that decided to celebrate tonight, here in Rio de Janeiro, the officialization of their relationship: just as Karina tells how welcomed she was by Ryan’s family there in Australia, here we are so that all of you, can know and receive with all affection the man who will take care of her here, there … and everywhere!

ALWAYS SET GOALS AND BE READY FOR REALITY

Please keep in mind that the main currency accepted for dreams to come true … is called reality!
For example?
One piece of advice I would give to a man who dream of having increasingly beautiful wives is: encourage and support her to go exercise!
(This is the most natural and least risky method at least …)
Another example?
For couples looking forward to having children, I always recommend they had better be ready to spend many nights awake… not partying nor drinking… (And not being so romantic either!!)
A sidenote on children: they are beautiful and make our lives happy, they will grow up, study, graduate, get married… and eventually the couple will end up alone, again!
So, it’s advisable that you always set realistic goals to achieve: always have trips, accomplishments, good deeds… in other words, always have something planned to do together!

DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY? MAKE HIM HAPPY!
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY? MAKE HER HAPPY!

We live in an age of selfishness where we see most people thinking solely about themselves…
I have seen many marriages being undone for no apparent reason while the couple state they are only “seeking happiness”…
There is an excerpt from a well-known and important book where it reads “LOVE IS NOT SELF-SERVING” and this is a revelation of the greatest wisdom, since, remembering how Ryan behaved in the hospital:
THE MOST PERFECT AND FULFILLING RELATIONSHIP will only occur when ONE IS CAPABLE OF RECOGNIZING AND CARING FOR THE NEEDS OF THE OTHER,
mutually filled with respect and without fear of any harm, for we shall know that just as we are dedicated to it, the other will also be aware and take care of our own needs!

There’s a lot more I could say but I’m not very fond of thinking of myself as a villain: I believe now is the appropriate time to start celebrating the transformation of two beings… into one!

This union — also called the family — is so powerful that it can be considered the core of all mankind, firmly established by the most solid and beautiful COVENANT that can exist.

ENTRY OF RINGS AND VOWS

Karina, as every good “action girl” , had already written everything she wanted to say: while she is saying her vows to Ryan, we will count on the special participation of her cousin, Fernanda, who will translate these words to all of you:

Love,
For long time people asked me why I choose Australia,
and for long time I asked myself about destiny.
One year and half ago I didn’t know these answers.

You came to my life with all the answers that I needed
and more that I couldn’t even imagine,
you make me feel peaceful, content and free to be however I want to be.
You came to my life when I was feeling alone
I was hoping someone very special for me
and life was so generous and brought me
the perfect piece of my puzzle
showing me that I can trust in destiny.
You came to my life to share all the moments, ours trips, our beers, our frescoball…

Thanks for being my best friend, my love, my big supporter… my everything.
I promise that I will keep looking to you in the same way that I’m looking today,
calling you bebezinho in front of everyone
and being as proud of you in the future as I’m today.

I, Karina, take you, Ryan, to be my husband,
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and health,
to love and to cherish,
to respect and to forgive,
for the rest of our lives.

Now it’s my turn to translate what Ryan has to say:

Words can’t explain how happy I am to be here today to take your hand in marriage.

I am so thankful that we found each other and that we get to spend the rest of our lives together.
Your kindness towards others inspires me to be a better person and I’m proud to be able to call you my wife.

You have an amazing ability to make everyone around you smile and be happy with your genuine warmth and positive energy, which I now know you have got this from Antonio.
I think everyone on Sunday saw Antonio’s ability to make everyone laugh and feel super welcome with his very unique “Portenglish”.

Amor, I promise to encourage and inspire you and support you in everything you do.
I promise to give you the best of myself and to never take you for granted.

Today, in front of all our friends and family, I vow to be a loyal, loving, honest and caring husband for the rest of our lives.

I know you’re going to be the best mum in the world to our bebezingas and I’m very excited about our future together.

I, Ryan, take you, Karina, to be my wife,
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and health,
to love and to cherish,
to respect and to forgive,
for the rest of our lives.

To confirm this, we will now firm the vows with signatures.

BOOK SIGNATURE

Now, as we are approaching the end, I invite all attendees to unite, concentrating their good energies and intentions on a prayer that will be led by Mrs. Cenira.

I, as an officiant, ask for God’s protection and blessings, that He himself may keep love, guarantee integrity and sustenance, deliver from evil and lead unto His presence each day, all the days of your lives.

You may now kiss.

Be happy and God bless you!!



THIS FULL TRANSLATION OF MY ORIGINAL SPEECH IN PORTUGUESE IT JUST HAS BEEN POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE INESTIMABLE AID OF MASTER CHARLES ELBAN AND MASTER NATALIA SILVEIRA

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