Good evening everyone. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Geoff and I’ve known Zach for 20 years now. I've gotten very close with the Carroll family over that stretch and, in spite of how well they know me, they're letting me speak tonight.
Let me offer a quick disclaimer before I begin – the last time I spoke in public was at my high school graduation…and, as many of you know, the principal didn’t let me finish my speech. So, I’d appreciate it if everyone could just set their expectations as low as is humanly possible.
I want to first thank Sarah's parents, Susie and Dave, for this perfectly exquisite party. Really, this room is spectacular. And I’d like to thank Sarah for choosing such wonderful, beautiful bridesmaids. Ladies, you all look fantastic. I don’t mean to say Ken and Nancy aren’t deserving of mention, but given how great everything looks, I can’t imagine Ken had a hand in the planning.
Zach and I met in Mrs. Myrtle's first grade class. We grew up going to Mavericks, Rangers, and Cowboys games together. We started off playing sports together too. Myself excluded, we had a very athletic group of friends growing up but, still, Zach eventually had to play with kids a few years older to enjoy the level of competition he needed. I think it’s safe to say that, aside from a brief stint as kicker for our high school football team, he always excelled athletically..
Beyond his athletic prowess and great sense of humor, Zach has an intellectual side. When I text him with the final jeopardy category he responds with an amount he’d like to wager that’s actually indicative of his confidence in the subject. He has such a broad range of knowledge and interests. I’m willing to bet that he is the only one in the room who can fill out a map of the entire world, tell you whose assassination is credited with having sparked World War I, quote every line from Seinfeld verbatim and then discuss, in detail, how the Cowboys secondary is going to completely shut down the Giants week 1.
The Carroll’s have always been a second family to me. When we were growing up, Becca was like a true sister, allowing me to pursue whatever nefarious endeavors piqued my interest when her parents were gone. Like a true mother, Hannah cooked for me, drove me around, gave me advice. And, like a true father, Alec publicly berated me when I struck out looking on his little league team…mind you, that happened quite frequently.
When I was first introduced to Sarah, the thing that immediately struck me was her innate ability to brighten any room the second she walked into it. As I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve learned that she is one of the most fun-loving, genuinely-kind, refreshingly-humble people I have ever met. Zach is a better person having found her and I’m so fortunate to have gained such an amazing friend.
Alright, I’ll spare you all the pain of having to listen to me speak any further, but first could you please raise your glasses again and join me in a slightly prolonged toast
Sarah – Wow. You look absolutely stunning tonight. But you look stunning every night. You are beautiful on the inside and out, a perfect 10 on every scale. You’re smart, funny, warm, and generous. You’re everything I could ever hope my oldest friend would find in a bride and then some.
Zach – You’re like a brother to me. We share a special bond that neither time nor distance can break, and I know it’s that I know will last forever. You’ve always been a great friend. I know you’ve always been a great son, a great brother, a great roommate…you’re a subpar golfer and a mediocre beer pong player at best, but I’m sure you’re about to add great husband to that list.
You’re going to make each other very happy. Congratulations.