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Good evening everyone
First of all, we would like to thank Father Rendy for
marring us and always making himself available to answer any
questions we had with his welcoming cheerful smile and great sense of
humour. It is always a great pleasure to speak with you Father.
Secondly, we would like to thank our Mom and Dad for
putting on this beautiful wedding for us. I know, Mom and Dad, you
have waited for this day. We are both very happy that you can be
here today to celebrate with us.
i appreciate everything you have given me - your love,
support, encouragement and understanding. You played a large part in
who I am today. I will always remember the sacrifices that you have
made for me. I love you both very much.
Thirdly, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Leitch for taking the time
to join us for several wonderful lunches at the Glencoe and making it
possible for us to have our wedding here today.
We also appreciate the wedding rehearsal dinner you
prepared for us at your home. It certainly was lovely and it means a
lot to us.
fourthly, we would like to thank our brother Bob, sister
Nadia, sister-in-law Eunice and our niece Ashley for all their help.
We would also like to express our appreciation to our
usherettes and good friends Clara and Milcha and our niece Murielle
for the uplifting reading.
Thank you Aunt Olga for taking the time to bake the
beautiful korvi - the Ukrainian Wedding cake - for us. It is greatly
We genuinely thank our friends Wilbur Adams for making my
engagement and our wedding rings. We appreciate your time, effort
and patience. During the whole process, we certainly enjoyed getting
to know you better.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our friend Sara
Banke and her Quartet by creating a lovely ensemble at our reception,
playing such wonderful music. In advance, we would like to thank
Dave Grimstead's band and Phil's DJ Service for agreeing to play for
our wedding today. We are looking forward to hearing your great
We would like to thank my friend Carrie Chupnik and our
cousin-in-law Marika Stimac for doing the bridal party's hair and
making us look lovely for this day. Thank you Alan Brooker for the
time and effort you put into taking photographs of our wedding
We also greatly appreciate Mike Kevis and Ray Mcray's
willingness and efforts to make videos for us of our wedding day.
We would like to thank Alphonse and Jack Botros for
allowing us to have our "Day After" in the Comedy Cave. We
appreciate your warm generosity in going out of your way to opening
up the club for us.
We sincerely thank the Glencoe Club's event coordinators
and chefs for decorating the hall beautifully and for preparing an
exquisite supper for our guests
We would like to extend our gratefulness to the Masters of
Ceremony - my cousin Walter Garbeara and our friend Don Beaudin - for
all their efforts and preparations for this day. You certainly were
We would also like to extend our appreciation and
gratefulness for our family and friends. We are certainly blessed to
have you in our lives. It is wonderful to have some of you here
today celebrating with us. You all mean a lot to us and play a
special part in our lives.
In addition to today's celebration, we have many other
things to be thankful for and to celebrate such as the Christmas
season and the upcoming New Year. All the best to all of you and may
you have a wonderful year
We love you all. God Bless!
Helen and I now speak as one voice, so the thanks to our
family and friends comes from both of us.
We are sharing our responsibilities, so no one wares the
pants in this family, as you can plainly see.
I have a couple of "thanks" that only I can do.
Helen's family welcomed me, right from the start of our
relationship. Anna and Peter are now Mama and Tat. Bobby and
Eunice, Nadia and the girls always made me feel welcome in their
homes. On our trips to Edmonton for Weddings and Christenings,
Helen's extended family made a real effort to make me feel welcome.
I could also tell I was becoming one of the family, when
my truck I were invited to several furniture and heavy appliance
I am sorry that my Mom and Dad, Mr. and Mrs. Stobo and
sister Annette could not have met Helen. But I don't think it was a
coincidence that shortly after Annette joined my Mon and Dad, that
Heaven sent me this Angel. I know they would have loved her as much
as I do and that they are happy for us.
I feel like a man who wins the lottery every day. Helen
is a joy to have in my life. I not only love her, I like her. Helen
has integrity. I respect her intelligence, her dedication as a very
hard working teacher. She lifts my spirit. This relationship has
not been an effort for me, it has buoyed me up. I find Helen to be
exceptionally beautiful and I know that beauty comes from inside her.
But what I love most about Helen is her innocence. She is
not jaded, she sees humour, happiness and beauty everywhere. She is
full of joy and happiness. If she is left alone while she is
working, she will start to sing, if music is playing, she starts to
dance. And anyone that has seen Helen dance, knows that in with the
happiness, there is a lot of sensuality too.
I have one last thing to share with you. I hope that it
will help you with your relationship, or will help you when you find
that special person. I have been to hundreds of weddings, because I
own a Disk Jockey company. They are all very wonderful. But out in
a field, on a glorious sunny July afternoon, I heard a JP giving the
following advice to the newly weds.
He said the secret to having a wonderful relationship is
simple. Each partner must take on the responsibility for the needs
and desires of their partner. You must always ask the question, what
will make my partner happy? This means that you will always have
someone looking our for your best interests, you will not have to ask
for things, they will already be yours. It also means that you do
not feel selfish, because you are looking out for another's wants and
Helen and I have talked about this, and we will try to
live our lives this way.