We did both the traditional vows with our minister (“I, Sarah, take you David as my husband..”) and personal vows to each other. Those follow.
Sarah, I first truly realized how special you are to me when we spent the summer separated from each other. I thought that I would be free of all the responsibilities that are associated with being in a relationship, and I was. But with that, I lost someone who I could share the noteworthy moments of my life with. A great moment is great on its own merit, but a moment’s splendor carries more weight when it is shared with someone. Today, we pledge to go though our lives sharing each others experiences, and making them richer. You make every one of my days better,because with you, I get to share all the joys life brings. I promise to share your joys, and enrich your life, as you do mine
When life throws an obstacle in my path, it will always be easier for me to overcome, because I do not have to overcome it on my own. I have full confidence that you will never abandon me, when I am hurting. It is when I ail most, that your loyalty and altruism is most obvious. I promise to always be by your side when life brings you difficulties, and to be strong in the times you cannot be.
And finally, last year, we promised to never to give up on each other. Human Beings have a tendency to act stupidly and selfishly. I am no exception to this. It brings me great comfort that you will not let moments of my weakness deter you from our life together. I promise to always have faith in our commitment to each other. I promise again, in front of our loved ones, I will never give up on you, in your moments of weakness, or in mine.
David: When we met I was lost. You met me as a shell of a girl, but your patience and gentleness have given me back my ability to trust. You bolstered my confidence because you see me as the best person I can be, and because of that, I promise to never stop trying to be the best person I can, for myself and for you. Your easy smile and jokes have taught me how to laugh, at myself and at you, and to not take myself so seriously. Today, as I become your wife, it is as a happy, confident, fleshed out woman. I no longer fear being myself.
I don’t question your commitment to me or to us, and I know there’s nothing we can’t work through together. I take you as my partner and best friend above all others. I never expected to find the kind of peace and happiness you’ve given me, and in honor of that, I pledge before our family and friends that you and our marriage will always be my first priority, and I will never stop trying to make myself and our relationship better.
You are absolutely irreplaceable in my life. As we look into the future, I promise that whatever we may go through, good times or bad, we will go through together, and I will be at your side as long as I still have breath in my body.
Since I have found you, and I have found a new life. The decision to create and share that life with you is one I made years ago and reaffirm today happily and with full confidence.
I will carry your heart with mine always.