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Hollies Wedding Speech 

Wedding season is now in full force and I wanted to share with you Hollies speech that she did at our wedding last year as her May blog post. It really made me laugh and cry, maybe I should read it more when we fall out, because we do and all teens fall out with their parents it’s only natural but underneath all the attitude and drama they all feel like this about you, just like Hollie about us, we are lucky she can express her feelings easily some children find that incredibly hard. Bare with them they Love you… and enjoy Hollies speech.



When Mum asked me to do a speech I was under strict instructions never to mention the chair she once threw at me, never to mention the awful arguments and most importantly never to make her out to be anything less than she is. My perspective of my mum is far different to anyone else, she’s beautiful, she’s someone I look up to and she is my best friend. I have so many stories about her, about her and Sam and about our little family in Reading; god knows how we ended up there. There are NO BAD stories mum – don’t panic.

I remember when you first met Sam and you would read his texts and you would do what I call the “Sam Smirk” id never really seen that smile before, you were and still are so happy. I knew he was the one for you since the day I first met him at NBA house, he let me behind the DJ decks and little did he know then he would be bringing up the devil child in the forth-coming years. Ha-ha

Its weird to think four years from then you’ve brought a beautiful baby boy into the world, we have the most stupid but gorgeous dog and we have created a happy settled home I love. I’m so grateful for you to be my parents that I love and adore. Sam I cant even begin to tell you how much I love and adore you, however I don’t adore the fact mum and I had to frog march you back to the tent at Bestival on the first night but that’s beside the point, I will forgive you because everything you’ve done for mum and I is extraordinary and beyond our wildest wishes. Words can’t describe how much you mean to me and how much you’ve really become my father figure. For you to walk into my life and except who I am and fight for what I stand for with me is more than I can ask for, so thank you

Mum you already know how it is; I can’t get a better mum than you. I do think you’re pretty cool apart from when you’re drunk and start dancing in front of all my friends. I never ever want anyone different, when the trouble comes you’ve been by my side since day one and I love that. I can’t describe how beautiful you are and what you do that makes you so special. I’m so grateful for you and Sam to have found each other and dance your hearts out at festivals together, I’m still overwhelmed that you got engaged on the hill at Glastonbury in front of all those people – your favourite place. I want you to know mum that what ever happens I will always love you and Il always be your little girl no matter what, I will give you advice and help you as much as I can. I can never repay you for the gorgeous way you have brought me up, without you I wouldn’t be who I am today.

Finally we are happy; we are all in the same place and are settled. Earlier when I saw you look into Sam’s eyes, I realised then and there that that is what love is and when I get older I hope I meet a guy I connect with like you connect with Sam, love is the definition of you two and I’m really inspired to see how you guys bounce off each others love, protection, loyalties and free spirits and I want you to know no matter how much I talk to you with disrespect and ungratefulness (I am a teenager) I will always love you both. I just want to say here that I am really sorry for nicking both yours and Sam’s things, its just you are cooler than me but I don’t like to admit it very often.

You look absolutely amazing tonight the most gorgeous I have ever seen you, so to finish off, one last thing and that is Samuel Pepper and Gemma Pepper, I would choose you in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I will find you and I would choose you.

I love you both.

Thank you


  1. Corinne says

    I missed this on the big day but wow I can see why everyone was so emotional beautiful words Hollie xxx


  2. Vic Au-Yeung says

    Oh my goodness this has reduced to me blubbering mess and it’s only 6.28am!!!!
    Absolutely beautiful!!!!
    You must be so proud as your daughter has such an incredible way with words.
    I have 2 teenagers myself (although the oldest is nearly 20) which the realisation of now seeing in print has made me some what even more emotional,
    and as much as I know they adore me, I can’t even imagine how it must feel to hear your little one express their love in such a heartfelt way.
    your wedding make up must have been completely ruined xx


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