FC: Ariana Adam | 08.20.2011
7: At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, what God has joined together let man not separate. Mark 10:6-9
14: Almost 25 years ago, Doreen and I were sitting at our head table enjoying our wedding. If someone would have said that within 25 years my role would be reversed and I would be welcoming people to our daughter's wedding, I don't think I would have believed them. Well here I am on this side of the podium wishing a warm welcome from Doreen and I to all of our guests here at Ariana and Adam`s wedding. Today we are as proud of Ariana as we have been every day of the last 23 years she has been a part of our lives. This is where I could open up the volumes of embarrassing moments in Ariana's life but there would just not be enough time. And I can only imagine that she having known myself all these years could give back to me as good as or better than I can give. So I think it best that we call it a truce...but then again! How many fathers here can say they have been invited to their daughters lingerie party. Yup, both Andre and I received via face book an invitation from Ariana for her lingerie party much to her horror. Andre and Victoria spoke earlier about some of the noises Ariana is good at. If you listen very carefully you may also hear it this evening. All kidding aside we are both delighted that she has found someone in Adam who she obviously loves and cares for so much. In Adam we believe she has found her perfect partner. We have known Adam for the last 2 years and feel that he is everything one could hope for in a son in law. Adam as I have said before there are no refunds. I knew we would get along well when he asked us for her hand in marriage. I remember thinking `I hope he picks the hand which is attached to my wallet`. Seriously, he has many good qualities, not least of which is an ability to appreciate the finer things in life as we can see by his beautiful bride.
15: There are 2 things which Doreen and I as well as most parents try to give our children. One is roots and the other is wings. Ariana has grown her wings and is leaving the nest but we know that she will always be well rooted within our family. Now we get to the tricky part of the speech. This is where I am supposed to give advice on the subject of marriage. The only thing I would say is that you must choose the right partner for the right reasons and I think they have both done this, so clearly no words of wisdom required. I suppose that after almost 25 years of marriage to Doreen which I would do all over again in a heartbeat, I ought to be able to manage something a bit more constructive. Adam just remember these three words... all, just and only. You will hear them time and time again. Such as ALL you need to do is, JUST a minute and it ONLY costs so much. These are all gross understatements but as a great philosopher or maybe a comedian once said, women are to be loved and not understood. After that I had better finish off but before that I would like to offer one or two final thoughts. Marriage is the meeting of two minds, of two hearts and of two souls. It is clear that Adam and Ariana are a perfect example of this. May they both be blessed with a happiness that grows and with a love that lasts and a peaceful life together. We wish you both all the enjoyment for today, the fulfillment of all of your hopes and dreams for tomorrow and love and happiness always. I invite you to raise your glass in a toast to our daughter Ariana and to Adam who we have considered already for a long time as a son and their new life together. Cheers
19: Love You Forever