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CELEBRATION SPEECH (ENGLISH VERSION)

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 SEATEDWE 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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