Hiiii, everyone. For those who don’t know me, I’m Caroline Tesfaye and I’ve been so lucky and honored to be Birdie’s matron of honor and best friend for almost a decade now. It’s about to get real sappy up in here, so this is your fair warning before I continue. So, not to be dramatic, but Birdie Shepard, soon to be Birdie Styles, is the very reason that I even know what the word best friend truly means. I’m fully convinced that if I hadn’t met Birdie when I moved to New York that I would be a completely different, and worse person. I would personally like to thank hot cheeto guy for that night in the club that brought the infamous Birdoline together. If you know, you know. I’ve spent the wildest time in my life earning the title of “the party girls” with her by my side. From fake ID’s, dirty slut muffin martinis, broken hearts and for every single night that we can’t remember, there’s three more that we do that I’d never trade for anything in this entire world.
We’ve celebrated so much together, every success, or everything I’m proud of, I’ve done with Birdie by my side. She has cheered me on, supported me, dried my tears, made me laugh so hard that my stomach hurt, and she’s my soul sister. When I met my husband, this handsome chimkin, Birdie was the first person I told. I remember calling her and saying, “Birdie, uh, I think I might be in love with The Weeknd and I just met him last night.” and while, I’m sure she thought I was nuts, she knew that I had met the love of my life because she knows me better than anyone else. So, when I got the same call, and I listened to my best friend talk about good ol Patchy Mc Cowprint, I knew that she had also found her other human, and I could look at her and tell this was different. We joke all the time that who would’ve thought that Birdie and I would be married, that we’d hang up our party girl titles for successful careers, successful relationships and most of all; for happiness.
I wouldn’t have let just anyone marry my best friend. I know that you’re probably thinking, “well, it doesn’t matter, it’s not your choice, not your marriage, blah blah blah” well, if you’re thinking that, you don’t know Birdoline very well. Birdoline is a unit. We’re a packaged deal. We’ve always come together as a set, and anyone who would want to split that up, they’d simply be kicked to the curb. But Harry? Harry loves Birdie with such intensity that anyone can see it, his eyes have always only been on her. It’s like watching magnets and I knew he’d love her and take care of her. I knew that he’d take her heart and keep it safe, that he’d cherish the woman that she is, because the woman that she is? She’s incredible. She’s smart and talented. She’s funny, and she’s the reason I am who I am today.
We’re lucky because not only is Harry great for Birdie, but he’s become one of my best friends in the whole world. And I don’t need to talk about the whole #habel thing, because the boyfriends can speak for themselves, but I’m so grateful for this little happy family that we’ve made, I can’t even thank these two for being in our lives. I am so proud of them and I wish them nothing but all the happiness in the world, and all the love as they get married. I love you so much, cheers!
Thank you, Caroline, for the most perfect speech for Birdie. I don’t know how I’m supposed to top that but uh.. I’m not the best with words or speeches. You know wouldn’t know it but I’m quite shy… And her speech was a lot more sentimental than I think I’m capable of being... but the bromance between me and Harry is real. That’s a fact.
Anyone who knows Harry knows that he’s the most kind, sweet, and sensitive man. He’s genuine and real, never one to offend, and always down for a good time. He’s the voice of reason and is a friend to everyone even if he doesn’t know someone that well. He’s heard me out on several occasions and never once judged me through every hard conversations we’ve had together.
Now, whenever I met Harry, I wasn’t sure if we would vibe the way that we do. He’s much kinder than I am and truly inspires me every day to continue to be a better man, to strive to be the best I can be for Caroline. He has an undying love for Birdie and it’s clear by how respectful and caring he is towards her. I truly could not ask for a better man to call my best friend. He’s the ideal man for Birdie.
I, like Caroline, knew from the moment I met them both that they were supposed to be together. There’s not a more perfect fit for either of them. Harry balances Birdie out and vice versa. It’s such a beautiful relationship to see unfold. I’m grateful to call these two humans my best friends even if Birdoline likes to refer to us as boyfriends. Just ‘cause we lay in our giant California King sized bed, get high, and vibe to music together… Well, when I put it like that.. Nah, I’m playin, but honestly, it’s a couple like Harry and Birdie that reassures you that you’re not crazy and there’s such a thing as pure, undying, passionate love. I would know because I feel that way about Caroline. It’s clear that their souls are meant to be together. Anyone who is ever lucky enough to cross paths with them and experience their love is truly fortunate. It’s inspiring.
Harry, Birdie, I genuinely love you both so much and I’m forever grateful to both of you for allowing me into your lives. I wish all of the love and happiness to come in this life time and for however how many lifetimes are to come. Love like yours is not easily broken. You will always find your way back to each other, I’m confident. I’m so happy for y’all. I can’t wait for y’all to enjoy married life. It really is the best.