Monday, August 22, 2011

MARRIED: Not Me, But My Best Friend

I'd like to offer my congratulations and well wishes of "many years of health and happiness together" to the newly-crowned and wedded couple, Drs James & Zoe Salman!

Newly-crowned Drs. James & Zoe Salman
Click HERE for their wedding video!

They were married at St Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011, and I feel very blessed to have been apart of such a beautiful occasion, serving as the "best man."

Maid of Honor & Best Man
Giving my toast to the Bride & Groom
My "Best Man" Toast to the Bride & Groom:

Good evening, I'm Paul, James' brother from another mother.

James had been dating Zoe for a while before I had the chance to finally meet her. After hanging out for only one evening, James pulled me aside and quietly asked, "what do ya think of Zoe?" I was like, "dude, I just met her!" But that answer wasn't good enough, he pressed me further, "I know, I know, but what do ya think of her?" Now Zoe, I'm not saying that the fact that we are all gathered today on such a beautiful occasion to celebrate your wedding depended upon my answer to James' question, but I'll just say, "you're welcome!"

I replied to James, "I'll say three things for her: she's a gorgeous girl, has a great personality, and James this last one I say with nothing but love for ya...she seems willing to put up with you!"

James, Zoe humor me for a second with a small exercise: Zoe please hold out your hand, and James place your hand ontop of Zoe's hand. I want you both to cherish this moment, look around the room at all those who love you very much, and take a second to think of your beautiful future together - but really, James remember this exact moment as your hands clasp together, because its absolutely the last time you'll ever have the UPPER HAND!

On a more sentimental note, please bare with me as I recite a movie quote (don't worry, its some wise words from a Greek father to his daughter): "When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement...for that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!

And on a lighter note, I'll end with one more movie quote if you'll allow me...for all those Godfather movie lovers, "may your first child be a masculine child!"

May God grant many years to James & Zoe Salman!

Enjoy some pictures from all wedding festivities and of James & I through the years:

Wedding ceremony!
Chanting the Epistle
First steps as Man & Wife, "Dance of Isaiah"
Holding the candle, as we circle around the table
Dancing up on chairs - its how we roll!
Back in our college days, College Conference at the AV
Kentucky boys at a ballgame
Dancing away with Charles Abdelahad & Wayne Parr

Older days, at the Rehearsal Dinner...friends reunite!

Dabke time with Greg Abdalah & Charles Abdelahad
Our longtime parish priest and spiritual father, Very Rev. Fr. Alexander Atty
is a huge Penn State fan...that's his car we jumped onto!
At the wedding of our good friends, Constantine & Mandy Nasr
Dancing the night away with the happy couple
and Nicole Salman and Jeremy Jabara
New Years 2011 with James & Zoe!
Wedding photos courtesy of Noah Papas & Brittany Abdelahad

- A Day in the Life of the "Best Man"

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