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“My dad’s amazing speech had a fairy-tale theme. He told the story of Princess Danielle and all of her suitors, then he said, ‘And one day Prince Jamie arrived.’ At that moment, the trumpet section played a fanfare. He did a really good job of making fun of me.” —Danielle Axelrod and Jamie Magid, married December 2007

Photo: Fred Marcus Photography

“As we sat down for dinner, we heard a big commotion behind us, and then all these guys came over, parade-style, with tequila shots for us. They wished us many years of happiness.” —Michael Buonomo and Erin Fogarty, married September 2011

Photo: Nelson Hancock

“My mother, Lillian, spoke about my childhood and how proud she is of me and the woman I’ve become. She wished me happiness. There was so much joy and love that day. That’s what made me tear up.” —Raine Heidenberg and Randy Rollner, married July 2011

Photo: Paris Wittingham

“I laughed the minute the best man began reading Alex’s poem, written at sixteen, about a squirrel’s search for a nut before winter (the verse is, in fact, about looking for love). I was slightly embarrassed, but I knew our friends were going to love it.” —Carrie Ciulla-Wax and Alex Wax, married September 2011

Photo: 1. Art Beauty Life: Jenny Ebert Photography

“In the middle of a very sentimental speech by Bobby’s older brother Dan, their 90-year-old uncle from Korea walked onto the empty dance floor and asked Dan to turn around so he could take his picture. Only a 90-year-old man can get away with that.” —HyeMi Kim Cho and Bobby Cho, married July 2012

Photo: Judy Pak

“Ashmedh’s best friend, Chintan, explained how after Ashmedh and I met, I brought out his softer side, and that Ashmedh suddenly started to dress well and know about music. Then he thanked me for putting a smile on his [Ashmedh’s] face that he had never seen before.” —Ajeet Kaur Anand and Ashmedh Singh Sabharwal, married August 2011

Photo: Kathi Littwin

“My parents teased me because I wanted everything to be perfect on our wedding day, so when my dad opened his toast by telling everyone that, I was nervous about what else he would say. He said that he wants things perfect for me, too, and I knew he wasn’t going to make fun of me for being a bridezilla.” —Cienna Ventura Ryu and Jesung Ryu, married August 2011

Photo: Brian Dorsey Studio

“My best friend, Jenny, told the story of how whenever her husband, Tom, would meet my boyfriends he’d always say that Eric, my older and very protective brother, ‘wouldn’t like that kid.’ But when Tom met Mike, he didn’t say it. I couldn’t help but look across at Eric and laugh.” —Raina Wallens and Michael Shohet, married October 2011

Photo: Charlotte Jenks Lewis

“Our maids of honor and best men surprised us by singing the Backstreet Boys’s ‘As Long as You Love Me,’ but changed some of the lyrics to tell our love story. It was beautiful, unexpected, and very funny.” —Frédéric Nguyen and Charlotte Nguyen, married April 2012

Photo: Sara Wight

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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