hello, greetings from australia. i would like to start by thanking you all for allowing lisa, yan and me to share in this wonderful family celebration. congratulations to david and zi fan for pledging not only their affection for each other but also their trust and respect. we wish them both, every happiness for a long and fruitful life as husband and wife.
i bring also the best wishes from all of david’s work mates in australia. in the short time, he has worked with us david has earned the respect and admiration of everyone in our company.
he can always be relied upon to give his best effort, support others who need assistance and provide good counsel. these also happen to be characteristics of a good husband.
i had the privilege of meeting david’s parents last year on a short visit to china. i was overwhelmed by their generosity and how welcome they made me feel in their home. it was wonderful to meet the source of david’s strength, intelligence, compassion and good nature.
as david’s employer, i congratulate and thank his parents for producing such a good man. i feel almost as lucky as zi fan.
i have not previously met zi fan’s parents but i know they must be very proud. their daughter is not only beautiful in presence but also in spirit. during her visit to australia, lisa and i saw how easily david could fall for this young woman.
we saw zi fan as a confident, respectful, caring and supportive woman deserving of david’s friendship, trust and love.
in preparation to attend this wedding celebration, i tried to research the chinese customs for such an event. i learnt that customs vary by region and province. common among all is the importance of family.
so it is in australia. when david and zi fan return to australia lisa and i will try to represent you, their family and friends.
we will keep a caring eye upon them. in australia, soon after the wedding and unendingly, family ask of the newly weds, “when are you going to have a baby?” we will constantly remind them, on your behalf, the true gift of marriage is children.
thank you again for allowing us to share in this celebration.
our toast to mr and mrs david fan is, “health, happiness and a long life together”.