October. Sunny skies. Wedding on the beach. As I stood there knowing that soon, my best friend would vow his heart to his bride-to-be in marriage, my mind ran backwards through our entire friendship leading up to this moment. Both young men; both now married; both named Omar (BELIEVE IT!). This blog post is for you, old friend. Bear with me here as I try to recollect on the recent event.
A marriage is perhaps one of the most intimate events that two people can involve themselves in.
Just last weekend, I was overjoyed at being able to witness the birth of the marriage of my best friend and his now-wife. Seeing them stand there hand-in-hand while making the eternal promise of love and friendship by joining their hearts… well… it kind of, maybe, sort of, in a way, not quite sure, definitely sure, made my eyes rain just a bit. BUT THAT WAS IT! ONLY A BIT! (A lotta bit). And if in fact I did cry (no one has proof that this even happened), surely, it was like a man.
The wedding was absolutely beautiful. A small party of the wedding couple’s close friends and family gathered together on a beach to witness the beautiful event.
The wedding kicked off, and the entire bridal party took their position. As I stood there next to him, watching his beautiful bride-to-be walk down the aisle, I couldn’t help but to think back to the moment when he told me he was getting married. We have been best friends since our days in middle school. I honestly can’t remember how that came to be, but surely it was something as silly as:
“Hi, I’m Omar”
“Umm… I’m Omar”
“You mean, like, we have the same name”
“Uh – yeah.. guess we do.”
“….let’s be best friends”
Yeah, I’m 99% confident that the conversation was something to that effect. I can’t be too far off.
But anyways, lets jump back to the future; I remember back when he told me that he was getting married and he was shopping for The Ring. As any real best friend would do, I tried to look for any reason as to not forfeit my best friend to the woman to stole his heart, haha. No – of course I was happy for him for arriving to this stage of his life. Ever since he’s known his wife, I’ve always taken a fun position with their relationship by saying that he needs to spend more time with me because I’ve known him longer than her. Literally – the common phrase from me to him was:
“Tell her I’ve known you longer.”
What can I say, lol… he’s my best friend. Our friendship can be best illustrated by the two characters below:
Sure, he and I have been through a lot together as best friends for all these years. But that will surely pale in comparison to what his life holds for him in the beautiful bond of marriage. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone better for him. His wife is a great woman, and their personalities are so complimentary to one another.
After the wedding was the dinner. In any other situation, the biggest thing on my mind would be what I was going to eat. But being the Best Man, there was something else that required much more mental attention.
Oh yes – for anyone who has ever had to give a speech at a wedding, this doesn’t always come across as an easy feat. I didn’t necessarily prepare my speech, and obviously, I didn’t prepare for what would happen during my speech. I kept it pretty straight-forward. I talked about our friendship and how far back it extended. It was a simple speech until… well… until it wasn’t so simple. Thoughts of our friendship flooded my mind; while emotions of joy flooded my eyes.
……not gonna lie, I kind of need a moment even now as I write this because I’m starting to remember going through my speech.
In any case, I think everyone understood just how much it meant to me to see these two join their hearts together in marriage. It was an amazing day, and I’m so happy that my old friend found the love of his life.
It was an absolute honor to be your Best Man.
So while I’ve already given a speech before and toasted to the newlyweds; I would like to raise a drink to them once more. If the two of you are reading this, congratulations again! Love you two.
P.S. – I want to share a quick image that my wife took of the groom before the wedding. I mean – honest opinion: Doesn’t this look like a poster image that you would find on the glass at the entrance to a suit shop???