Photography by Brittany Mahood.
NOTICE TO GUESTS
Good afternoon family and friends of Matthew and Kiera! Before the ceremony begins, the bride and groom would like to respectfully ask that all guests “unplug” for the ceremony, by keeping your cameras and phones off. They have arranged some excellent photographers to capture this part of the day, and they’ll happily share all of the photos with anyone interested.
Please join me as Kiera and Matthew exchange their wedding vows, and begin the next chapter of their lives.
Matthew and Kiera, today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom have gathered here to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion. Before we commence, the bride and groom have requested that we take a moment to pay tribute to those not physically with us today, but whose gifts of love and compassion over the years will always be cherished and remembered.
Today, on September 3rd, 2016, as you join yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities and potentials of your married life are great; and now falls upon your shoulders the task of choosing your values and making real your dreams. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and nurture a love that not only makes you better people, but a love that continues to give you great joy, and also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life.
If anyone can show just cause at this time why Matthew and Kiera may not be lawfully joined together, please speak now or forever hold your peace.
CHARGE TO THE COUPLE
Matthew and Kiera, remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong. In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
EXCHANGE OF VOWS
Kiera, do you have any words you would like to share with Matthew at this present time?
Kiera speaks her vows.
Matthew, do you have any words you would like to share with Kiera at this present time?
Matthew speaks his vows.
Do you Matthew, take Kiera to be your lawfully wedded wife and best friend, promising to love and cherish, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall live? Matthew says, I do.
Do you Kiera, take Matthew to be your lawfully wedded husband and best friend, promising to love and cherish, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall live? Kiera says, I do.
Matthew and Kiera, today you choose each other before your family and friends, to begin your life together. For all the tomorrows that follow, you will choose each other over and again, forever and always. Let your love and friendship guide you, as you learn and grow together. Through your partnership, triumph over the challenges in your path. Through the comfort of loving arms, may you always find a safe place to call home.
We will now proceed with the rings.
Matthew, please repeat after me as you place the ring on Kiera’s finger.
“Kiera, I give you this ring,
a symbol of my love,
as I give to you all that I am,
and accept from you, all that you are.”
Puts ring on Kiera’s third finger on her left hand. Kiera, please repeat after me as you place this ring on Matthew’s finger.
“Matthew, I give you this ring,
a symbol of my love,
as I give you all that I am,
and accept from you, all that you are”
Matthew and Kiera will now take a moment to sign the registry and solidify their bond.
PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE
By the power vested in me by the province of Manitoba, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.
KISS! Family and friends, I now present to you, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Kiera Chester.