Best Man With Autism Has Everyone Crying With Heartfelt Wedding Speech For Brother

Best Man With Autism Has Everyone Crying With Heartfelt Wedding Speech For Brother

Grab the tissues, because you’ll need them as you watch this best man with autism deliver his heartfelt wedding speech for his big brother!


We know that autism is diagnosed more often today than in previous years. Fortunately, programs like “The Good Doctor” feature characters who have autism, and it’s helping us all gain a greater understanding.

In this video, we get a glimpse of what it is like for someone with autism to speak in front of and interact with others. But, what we see even more clearly is the abundant love between these two brothers!

Sam Waldron, “the best man to the best brother,” holds the microphone with one hand and his written speech in the other as he introduces himself to a celebratory crowd. Sam spends no time hemming and hawing around. He gets right to the heart of the matter. Big brother Jonah is his hero and his best friend, and 23-year-old Sam is privileged to stand up for Jonah.

While Sam is honored to speak, he admits that he is also “terrified.” His good-natured admission causes guests to laugh aloud and Jonah to smile knowingly; he gets it. Sam goes on to say that Jonah and his bride Madison are the only two people for whom he’s willing to speak in public.

Sam compares their family to a “good fudge—mostly sweet, but with a lot of nuts”— and then jokes that Maddy may be crazy for sticking around. After congratulating Maddy on marrying the second most handsome Waldron brother, Sam turns his attention to 27-year-old Jonah.

Sam shares what it is that makes Jonah so very special to him. Jonah has been Sam’s encourager, his protector, and his daily reminder that Sam’s differences are indeed his strengths. Patient, kind, accepting, friendly, and smart. That’s how Sam describes Jonah, but he does remind him of the fact that he wasn’t the brother who was voted Homecoming King or performed a rap in front of the whole student body!

Jonah, by now, has had to use that tissue Madison handed him a few moments earlier. The bride and groom, both with shiny eyes, are beaming. Though Sam shares how proud he is of them, we know that the feeling is utterly mutual. Sam closes his talk with an Irish toast that speaks of fun and laughter. And, the 170 guests in the room in Salida, Iowa give Sam a standing ovation! Happy, happy day!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” Galatians 5:22

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