Ladies and gentlemen….Friends, I am Jon, the father of Rachel, and representing Rosemary, her mother. I am not accustomed to making speeches so please bear with me.
This wedding is so soon after Christmas that many similarities stand out. Christmas is a gathering of friends and family and this is too, with the combination of two families friends and relatives.
I would like to welcome every one of you here as you have all played some part however small in the lives of Leigh and Rachel and are valued because of that. Your presence here is important to them.
The most important people here for Leigh, are Rhonda and Gordon. It has been really good to meet them and become family- in- laws and friends.
There are a lot of people that deserve our thanks for their help in organising this celebration of two peoples’ love today. There are too many to mention by name. The main three have been Rosemary, Rachel and Granny(Mrs Ireland).
Rose and Rachel have done most of the sheer hard work.. They have run the phone lines hot between here and Sydney. You will notice that Telstra shares have gone up! Now that it is all over this might be the time to sell.
Rosemary has been incredible. She has gone into the minutist detail, no stone has been left unturned, all T’s crossed and all I’s dotted.
Should NASA ever need an organisor for another lunar landing then they needn’t go any further than right here.(point)
Rose has been fantastic and I ask all present to give her three cheers…hip.hip hoorey.
Rose has felt she has had the support of both sets of parents and her own family especially.
Meeting Leighs family, it is easy to see where he gets his many terrific qualities from. Leigh is a great guy and we and all who meet him fall for his charm. He is an asset to anything he touches.
Both sets of parents are very proud of them both
It is traditional according to the internet for the brides father to offer some worldly advice, so after you pick yourselves up from the floor in laughter I would like to offer some.
The first is love, closely followed by friendship, tolerance and communication.
Easy to say….,hard to do.
AND NOW IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PROPOSE THE TOAST OF LONG LIFE AND HAPPINESS TO RACHEL AND LEIGH.