Photo by Megan Wynn.
Music: I Can’t Help Falling In Love (Acoustic Moods Ensemble version)
Officiant // Groom // Groom’s Parents // Groom’s Sister // Bride’s Mom // Best Man // Maid of Honor // Flower Girls
Bride and Father of the Bride Processional
Music: Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually
Welcome everyone. We gather today to celebrate the love between Kelly and Dave. Weddings are the best aren’t they? It’s hard to do better than seeing two people publicly express their unconditional love for one another. What makes it special for each of you in the audience is the love we all share for Kelly and Dave. You’re here today not just because of your love for them, but because of their love for you and their desire for their family and friends to take part in this special day in their lives.
We’re all fortunate not only to know Kelly and Dave, but to know how special the love they share is, and to begin today we will have two readings they’ve selected expressing how they feel about their bond and the commitment they’re making today.
Reading No 1: A passage from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.
Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city.
And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Reading No. 2: Union, Robert Fulghum
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.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world – this is my husband. This is my wife.
Officiant address (I say a few words 3-5min)
[Name]: I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will be together.
With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging and loving your faults and strengths, as you do mine.
I promise to be faithful and supportive and to make our love and happiness my priority.
I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph.
I will dream with you, celebrate with you and walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring.
You are my person—my love and my life, today and always.
Expression of commitment to marriage (I Do’s)
In order to be lawfully married, the State of California requires that you both publicly declare that you take each other as spouses. Please face each other and when asked, respond by saying “I do.”
Do you David, take Kelly as your lawfully wedded wife? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Do you Kelly, take David as your lawfully wedded husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
Exchange of the rings
Today Kelly and Dave will be exchanging rings. Kelly and Dave, like your vows these rings will be a reminder of this day, and your commitment and love for one another.
Each repeat – With this ring i thee wed, as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.
In the presence of family and friends you have expressed your love for one another… (vows, commitment, rings). By the power vested in me by… pronounce you man and wife
You may kiss the (your?) bride
Presentation of Kelly and David
Dismissal of the audience (announcements)