Photos by Jessie & François Adrien.
Narration by Frankie Morone.
I, Ady Désir, take you Nadège Frédérique, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
For a man celebrating his birthday and his twenty four years of marriage, Ady was so talkative and eloquent that evening. When all the guests were there he walked to Nadège and looked at her in the eyes and told her: "Honey, I adore you and you are my everything."
For a woman who has been married for twenty four years, Nadège was so charming, so glamorous and seductive that night. As some friends were preparing the champagne glasses, she walked to her husband and told him: "Honey, I would remarry you if I had to."
Let's be serious about something: twenty four years of marriage is an amazing accomplishment. "Ce n' est pas une petite affaire." During this period of time, I am sure that there have been many ups and downs, many challenges; but they have endured and overcame each and everyone of them. They have developed a stronger bond and a stronger marriage.
There have been plenty of good times and joyous occasions that served as the glue to keep them together. As we all know, they have two wonderful daughters, Tasha and Pascale.
So many friends joined them for the special occasion. The yard was beautifully decorated and Nadège has a magnificent garden filled with exotic flowers; there was a "magnifique bouquets de roses" in the living room table. 24 roses: une pour chaque année.
Later that evening, as the champagne was about to be served, Ady, standing next to Nadège, took the microphone. There was a moment of silence... As a comfortable breeze blew under a sky filled with glittering stars, Ady told everyone how blissfully happy he is and how he is lucky to have Nadège as a wife. He stated that they were both so joyful. He was so expressive, humorous and vivid that everyone applauded him several times (chaleureusement).
Victor Surpris and a cohort of excellent musicians (among them Alix Jacques, Jean Prophète) played several tunes. Ady and Nadège danced the first song to the watchful eyes of their friends. Then, people joined them. It was a very lovely evening.
Pikliz seizes this opportunity to wish you a very happy birthday Ady and many more years of happiness with your darling wife Nadège. May the two of you be merry for the rest of your life.
I, Nadège Frédérique, take you Ady Désir, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
That is the way it was twenty four years ago and that is the way it is today July 13th 2009.