Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you for always: Mr. & Mrs. Buck!
The Celebration of Love for Bryan and Jessica was an intimate, fun, family-centered ceremony bursting with love. From a reading by special guest Christopher Walken (played by the bride’s brother) to the bride and groom dancing down the aisle to “Stuck in the Middle With You,” this ceremony was their unique dream come true. Many nods to The Princess Bride movie were to be found throughout the nuptials and reception. The bride’s son and daughter fulfilled the roles of Best Man and Maid of Honor, and a joy-filled game of family tag broke out as the four walked into the reception. Of notable cuteness was that even after 9 years together, Bryan and Jessica were still so excited-nervous to get married that moments before the ceremony the groom had to make a quick run back home for the rings and the bride walked down the aisle without her bouquet. What Bryan and Jessica know is to not sweat the small stuff, their love is what matters most, and the rest is “as you wish.”
Enjoy a few excerpts from this special ceremony.
“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today.” Hello, everyone, and welcome again to the Wedding Ceremony for Jessica and Bryan. I am Holly Miller and it is an honor for me to officiate this union today. I have known Jessica for about 3 years now and have gotten to know Bryan as well. Jessica and I were instant friends and it is because of her kindness, generosity, and big heart that I am here speaking to you all today.
Jess and I worked together and she knew me in the capacity of officiating funerals. She stood in back of the chapel countless times and dutifully cried as I shared the life stories of others. I always knew if Jess was crying that I was doing a good job. And then one day after a celebration of life Jess asked me to perform her wedding. I laughed and said, honey, what kind of wedding do you want to have? I make people cry for a living. She is such an amazing woman and she looked right back and me and said, no, you bring all the feels, and that’s what I want.
I was not convinced at first, but I eventually embraced her belief in me and became ordained and created my own business. My dear friend, in merely two sentences to me you changed my life in such a fantastically positive way. Bryan, you listen to her. Her words are powerful! I am blessed to know you, my friend, and I believe that Bryan knows how deeply blessed he is to be marrying you. You are one of a kind and you have a heart of gold.
Bryan, you are pretty okay, too. But seriously, this man is generous, kind, and has genuine concern for others. After learning that my new fixer-upper home had some safety concerns, he was compelled to not only provide assistance but to thoroughly rectify the situations so that my son and I would be safe. What resonated with me the most was as he uncovered more and more shoddy workmanship from those before him, he became more resolved to fixing everything. Where some people would’ve said “good enough” or “let’s go for done,” Bryan proved his work ethic was much stronger. Safety for others he barely knew was more important than a quick fix and run. I knew my friend, Jess, and her children were in excellent hands with this man. He refused payment from me except for beer, and the 3 of us had a few beers those days and started making plans for their wedding, laughed about song choices, learned important information from Bryan during which note-taking was imperative (the very talented Jess could write her notes backwards which is both fascinating and a little freaky), and we became even better friends. I’m very thankful to Bryan, the screen door he installed is working perfectly and holding up like a charm.
Jessica and Bryan never thought life would end up the way it did, but they call themselves “movie lucky.” With 9 years together already in the history books, they are still each other’s favorite person and soul mate. Each of them will tell you that they won the life lottery with finding each other. Jessica and Bryan have navigated almost a decade of parenthood, home ownership, triumphs, losses, and life and they’ve done every moment of it as a team. And that right there is all the feels! Their bond is strong and true. And for them to now choose to participate in this celebration of their love and commitment is a beautiful blessing.
As many of us know, what Jessie wants Jessie gets. She wanted the man of her dreams and the wedding of her dreams. She wanted Bryan standing there and me standing here and it’s all happening according to her master plan. And we are so lucky and grateful to be part of it, because hers is a beautiful and amazing plan. And it’s going to happen her way anyway.
While 9 years together is already a milestone achievement, may this Irish blessing help lead you through many more decades of love and togetherness.
May your joys be as bright as the morning, and your sorrows merely be shadows that fade in the sunlight of love. May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to keep you happy, enough failure to keep you humble, enough success to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness, enough wealth to meet your needs and one thing more; enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the one before.
(Jessica) Bryan, I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise to appreciate you, to grow with you, and to be supportive of you. I will cherish you as my most favorite person always. I will love you and have faith in your love for me, through all our years together and all that life may bring us.
(Bryan) Ditto. Jessica, what you promise to me, I wholeheartedly promise to you in return. In addition, I will always pull the car over when we see a mini-golf course, and I will spend the rest of my days lovingly attempting to get my first win against you in our home state.
Ladies and gentlemen, despite that I finally learned how to pronounce and spell Mierzejewski, it is an absolute joy to present to you for the first time and for always: Mr. & Mrs. Buck!
Irish tradition tells us this, to start their lives with wedded bliss, we ring the bells to ward away evil spirits on this day!
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness.
From this day forward.
Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Buck and a lifetime of love!