Flannery Correspondence

September 16, 2010

Summer of Love

Filed under: Family and Friends — BrianOFlan @ 07:31

Saturday, August 21st, held the fourth and final wedding for our big family.  This summer we had two brothers, one cousin and one uncle get married.  We attended three of the four weddings, one in Las Vegas and one in Concordia, Kansas.

This Saturday’s wedding was in Denver.  That’s good because we were hardly recovered from the road trip to Kansas the week before.  (For a good time, try five kids, two adults and one minivan between Denver and north-central Kansas.)  This wedding involved us more than any yet:  Christa as photographer and Brian as groomsman.

We had a great time with memorable but recoverable glitches like a rush delivery of groomsman shoes getting pulled over for a speeding ticket, a groomsman showing up 15 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start and having to add groomsmen photographs into the narrow slot between ceremony and reception instead of before the ceremony.  Basically, the groomsmen knew how to keep everyone on their toes.  Also, there was a gorilla!  (My girls freak out when they see gorillas.  So does security.)

One unexpected highlight of the event was my sobriety as well as my toast (that convinced everyone I was drunk).  The speech itself does a good job of shocking the truth into the audience but it was delivered in a thick Russian accent for no explainable reason.  I simply couldn’t spit it out in any other voice:

Scott and Niccole, I am so happy for you.  I speak for both Christa and I when I say our hearts leap like gazelle to see you together at last.  We have been married for five years now with no regrets… but I’d hate to sugar-coat it:  Marriage is hard, very hard, but important and most people do it badly.  So when the novelty wears off, remember not to be too proud or embarrassed to ask for help and advice from friends and family.  That’s what we’re here for.  Here’s to your long and fruitful marriage.  That’s what you’re here for … until one of you dies.



  1. Oh Brian, I couldn’t have put it better myself but I think I would’ve ended on bit more rosy note:) Sad that I missed the Russian accent!

    Comment by Keri — September 16, 2010 @ 14:58

  2. love it, gonna have to repost it to “my” audience on the facebookery

    and look, see I’m not your only follower, 2 comments 2 followers 😀

    Comment by Andrew Melvin — September 21, 2010 @ 21:46

  3. Preach it Brother! But you should have thrown in something about sex, kids or in-laws. The real grime we deal with.

    Comment by Kristin Freedman — October 1, 2010 @ 15:20

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