Wedding: Daniel + Mikaela
Dan + Mikaela's beautiful North Carolina wedding was right out of a European look-book. It was the perfect blend of their two unique and wildly different styles. Instead of a typical wedding blog post, the transcript of the short speech I gave at their reception is below.
I met Mikaela at camp in high school, we worked together at Northland camp, and were roommates two years at college. We’ve been friends since we were 16 despite living 800 miles or 1,300 kilometers apart. I can’t imagine these past years without her. She is like my little sister in so many ways and my best friend. Wherever she is, is my home away from home.
I could share a lot of traditional speech stories about Mia and Dan. For example, for several months at Northland, Mia would come back to our room and literally flop on her bed groaning that Dan would never be interested in her and didn’t notice her…. this was a nightly routine. When he finally asked her out, she was in total and utter shock.
But what I mostly want to talk about is the one time I saw them really argue.
There was a day in the fall of 2015 at Boyce when my roommates and I came back to our room and found Dan and Mia outside, clearly upset. I honestly don’t remember specifics. What does stand out in my memory is how I felt. I just wasn’t worried about them. Every couples has bad days and Dan + Mia aren’t exceptions but I wasn’t concerned because I knew they would fight for each other. They had built a strong foundation for their relationship and I knew they wouldn’t let a little disagreement tear them apart.
When Mia came back that evening after everything had been sorted out, I felt totally confident (if I hadn’t already been convinced) that they would get married. Not because they had argued but because in spite of their different views they handled it with grace and care for each other.
Mia has drawn out some of Dan’s best leadership qualities. As their relationship has grown, so has his thoughtfulness for others. And Dan has pushed Mia towards a deeper relationship with God. She has grown so much since meeting him in her walk with Christ and I only have joy for their marriage.
There is no doubt in my mind that this North Carolina guy and Canadian girl were meant to be together. They have found a home in each other and I look forward to the many years they’ll have together.