Lena Dunham Rocked Her Speech at Friend Audrey Gelman's Wedding

We're not even a little bit surprised, TBH.

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Photography by: Lena Dunham via Instagram

Leave it to Lena Dunham to pen a wedding toast that's both sweet and funny. At her friend, Audrey Gelman's Detroit wedding in late April, the Girls creator served as bridesmaid and, along with the rest of the attendants, wore the coolest custom J.Crew separates.

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But looking good by the bride's side was only one of Dunham's duties as a 'maid. She also delivered a speech at the reception that left everyone laughing. Dunham said the couple looked "more glamorous than two Holocaust history buffs have ever looked in the history of time," Vogue reported. Our favorite part? She nailed the art of acknowledging both the bride and groom, rather than just the bride, which is a common MOH speech misstep. When Dunham first met the groom, Genius.com co-founder Ilan Zechory, she noticed that he, "could meet Audrey pound for pound with every cultural reference, whether it was a moment in 1980s feminism or a Lil' Kim lyric or an obscure fact about the New York public housing system." As a bonus, she said he is "the only person on earth who looks like he could be related to both James Franco and Elie Wiesel." Naturally, she had the whole room laughing before closing on a very sweet note: "He's pretty much perfect—at least he's perfect for Audrey."


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We think that speech was pretty perfect for the bride and groom! And so was the super-cool wedding, planned by design and event studio Madranas Custom Culture and held in Detriot's Piquette Plant, a museum and former Ford factory. The chic political consultant bride changed into a jumpsuit for the reception, and the next day, she and Zechory invited guests to plant fruits and veggies in a city garden for Keep Growing Detroit, a food sovereign that promotes sustainability and provides food for those in immediate need. 


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Of course, Dunham's words weren't the only beautiful ones said that day. In his vows, Zechory stated, "Behind every great man is a great woman, bad saying! You are the great woman, an astonishing, historically great woman. I promise to always be the man behind you." And later, "I could walk around Duane Reade with Audrey, and it would be heaven."


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