- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
FH & I were are being married by my sister, so we has total freedom over the ceremony. He’s religious, but I’m not so I tried to find a good balance.
Please let me know what you like and what you hate. I haven’t been to many weddings, but tell me what you would think of it as a guest!
Also we haven’t run it through yet, so I’m not sure how to know how long it will last. If anyone has a ny thoughts, please let me know!:)
- Gathering Words
- Welcome, and thank you for coming as we celebrate the love and 0commitment that Jeremiah & Laura share. Today we have joined together, so that all of us may take part in the celebration of their love. Let each of us rededicate ourselves to the loving relationships in our own lives. May we all be enriched for having shared this day together. I invite you to take a moment to acknowledge one another’s presence, so you all feel included in this experience. Please also take this time to shut down cell phones or anything else that might make noise. At this time, you can take a moment to take a photo of our Bride & Groom and their attendants; then I would ask you to set aside your cameras during our ceremony.
- We are here today to celebrate the love that Laura & Jeremiah have for each other, and to recognize their decision to journey forward as marriage partners. One of the great joys of the wedding day is the joining together of the couple’s family and friends. For the bride and groom, being able to share their wedding day with you, surrounded by your love and support, is a treasured blessing.
- We’re here today with family and friends from many parts of their lives. We know that you have loved them separately as individuals, and ask that you continue to love and support them as a family.
- Annie: We know that marriage is not created by a law or ceremony; rather it occurs in the hearts of two human beings. It grows out of loving, caring, and sharing ourselves with another. And so it is that Laura and Jeremiah have connected their hearts and souls, declaring to each other and to all of us present that they will be by each other’s side no matter what life brings their way.
- Now a friend of the bride and groom will share a quote that they have selected
- IDK?: Now you will no longer fear the storm, for you find shelter in each other.
Now the winter cannot harm you, for you warm each other with your love.
Now when strength fails, you will be the wind to each other’s wings.
Now the darkness holds no danger, for you will be the light to each other’s path.
Now you will defy despair, for you will bring hope to each other’s heart.
Now there will be no more loneliness, for there will always be a hand reaching out to aid you when all seems darkest.
Where there were two paths, now there is one.
- In love, we trust that the other person will provide a safe haven in which we can experience and share our entire selves with one another. And in doing so, we trust that our lives will be far richer than if we had chosen separate paths in this world.
- Let’s join together now as families and friends to witness, to support, to celebrate the love and marriage of Laura & Jeremiah. Always stand beside them, never between them. Offer them your love and support, not your judgment. Encourage them with your kindness and good wishes. May their lives together be filled with joy, and may their home be a place of peace.
- Bible things
- Annie: Now the father of the Groom will share a passage from the book of Something;
- David- Words from the bible. Words words words.
- Marriage Address
- In marriage, we do not give ourselves to one another, but rather surrender into something greater. It challenges us not to lose ourselves in one another, but rather to walk side by side, hand in hand, in the same direction. In the words of Kahlil Gibran;
i.Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart. And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
- May your love create a peaceful place for you both. Share freely with each other your affection, humor, and devotion no matter the circumstance. Honor each others principles and consider them as important as your own. Lead with your hearts and take the time to do the simple things that will strengthen your love. May you be blessed with such abundant love that you share it with the rest of the world.
- Annie: Jeremiah & Laura have chosen to perform a Wine Box ceremony.
- This box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed and they have not seen what the other has written. They have created a sort of love time capsule to be opened on their 10th wedding anniversary.
- Laura and Jeremiah, should you ever find your marriage facing insurmountable hardships, open the box as a couple, drink the wine together, and read the letters that you wrote to one another as you began your journey in love. Reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to commit your lives to each other.
- The hope is that you will never need to open this box. In that case, on your 10th anniversary, you may open the box, and drink the wine in celebration. Then, you can add a new set of letters and wine for the future.
- Now, Laura & Jeremiah will seal the box.
- Laura & Jeremiah hammer in the final nail together.
- PREFACE TO VOWS.
- Annie: Before they say their unique vows to each other, a friend- of the groom will read a few words that the couple has chosen.
- Jesse?: You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
- Annie: I invite you now to join your hands as you repeat your vows.
- Laura hands flowers to Julie
- Laura & Jeremiah: We do.
- Laura and Jeremiah, these rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Just as these rings have no points of weakness, may your union be strong, and may your love flow freely between you, with no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver. May these rings remind you always of the power of love and the commitments you have made.
- Placing the ring on Laura’s finger– With this ring, I give you my heart.
- Laura, sliding the ring in place– I accept your love, and I will treasure it always.
- Placing the ring on Jeremiah’s finger- With this ring, I give you my heart
- Jeremiah, sliding the ring in place– I accept your love, and I will treasure it always.
- Annie: Laura & Jeremiah, you have sought and accepted each other joyously. May all that life brings to you strengthen the bond you have declared today. May you find delight in each other, and may your loved ones, those here and those unable to be present, continue to rejoice in the warmth of the love that has united you. I wish you the strength to be true to the precious vows you have spoken today. May you always have the wisdom to cherish the precious love you share, and may the home you build together shed its peace on you and on all who enter in.
- I invite you now to seal your vows with a kiss as husband and wife.
- Laura & Jeremiah kiss