Groom’s Autistic Brother Has Wedding Crowd in ‘Happy Tears’ with Emotional Speech That Went Viral
This is the ‘best man speech ever’—given by the brother-of-the-groom who struggles socially but had everyone in tears and stitches.
23-year-old Sam Waldron announced to a room of people how his big brother Jonah Waldron 27, is his “hero” and “never looked down on me.”
Sam talks about how he has autism ,which can make him scared to interact with people, but his brother reminds him “that being different is a real strength, not a weakness”.
He says Jonah’s new wife, 25-year-old Madison Waldron, has “all the makings of a great sister”, and jokes she’s married the “second most handsome Waldron.”
Sam says, “I was really nervous before the speech. Before I stood up, I wasn’t sure if everyone would like my speech, but I got more comfortable as I started reading.
“I felt like I was speaking out to whoever has autism and that I was speaking for the autism community.”
As for groom Jonah, on watching his little brother do such a brilliant job, he couldn’t hold back his tears of happiness.
Brothers Sam and Jonah grew up together and, being only four years apart in age, went to the same school.
Sam was diagnosed with autism when he was seven years old, and didn’t find intense social settings easy.
Jonah said, “He would come to see me during the school day, he would come for help with a subject or as a break.
“Myself and my parents were the ones he felt the most comfortable talking to about any struggles that he had socially.
“I also became his Respite Care worker, helping him practice social situations in public settings.”
Caring big brother Jonah was even inspired to train as a Special Education Teacher to help other children with special needs.
Jonah and teacher Madison met at Wartburg College, and when Jonah introduced his new girlfriend to younger brother Sam, the two were immediate best friends.
Jonah said, “Once he met Maddy, he felt completely comfortable right away.”
The couple got engaged on July 23 while on a trip to Colorado. Of course, Jonah asked Sam to be his best man as soon as they got home.
“I’ve always known that I wanted Sam as my best man,” said Jonah.
“He was very happy, but also you could see that he was nervous too.”
For Sam, “I felt like my dream came true… I got to be around my best brother.”
Sam spent two whole days perfecting his speech before the big day arrived on July 3 this year.
“I would just sit there and just read it aloud,” he said. “I read it to my Aunt Colleen, Andrew Hoyt and my Dad many times.”
Sam stood up in front of the 170 wedding guests to deliver his speech.
Jonah said, “My favorite part was when he was explaining to Maddy that she gave him peace, because that is exactly how I would explain the way she is with Sam.
After he finished, Sam was given a standing ovation and the newly-weds rushed over to tell him how much of a great job he did.
The entire speech was recorded and uploaded to Jonah’s TikTok account, and went viral, with over 6.2 million views and 760,000 likes. Thank you, Sam, for inspiring so many with your emotional speech.