Photography by Elvira Kalviste.
Short and Sweet Non-Denominational Ceremony Script
When Bride and Father of Bride enter, pause in front of alter.
Family and Friends of Emily and Karl- welcome to their wedding ceremony this evening in the heart of Brooklyn New York. We are gathered here today in the sight of God to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which will unite Emily and Karl.
Officiant addresses father of bride
Who is it that brings this woman to this man? “Her father on behalf of her mother and myself. [Place the bride’s hand with groom’s and take seat].
Opening Words / Welcome
The fact the we are all here with you as you take this step… make this commitment… has facilitated an intersection of all of our lives- and wouldn’t have happened otherwise if your two souls had not found one another. I don’t think anyone is all that surprised at this. You two are perfect together.
Emily and Karl would like to take a moment to remember family members no longer with them. We acknowledge the impact that they have had upon our lives and though they are missed, they remain in our hearts and minds. May the memories of your well-loved relatives brighten this day and warm our hearts.
And so it is – that Emily and Karl present themselves today… surrounded by the people they love most.
Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace.
When you think of the probabilities, born on different continents, the round-about paths of both ending up in New York City, the fact that you first met in Portland, how else can you explain all of this other than your souls seeking one another- or perhaps divine influence?
Karl – Emily loves that you have blended into her family so easily. Your infinite British sense of humor and, your positive impact on her family, your mysterious card tricks, and your unwavering support and love for her.
Emily – Karl loves your brains, your smile and your beauty. He appreciates that you are self-reliant and that you can be silly yet serious, that you don’t let events in life get to you. And as usual, your sense of humor intersects perfectly with Karl’s!
Emily and Karl, life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is certainly challenging and is the shared goal of married life.
As they join in marriage today, Emily and Karl are announcing to the world that they welcome that challenge!
It is love which brings you here today, the union of two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it is love that brought you here. It is love that will make this union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure.
The reading Emily and Karl selected today for the wedding ceremony is titled “Eternity” by Emily’s late grandmother Jean Graber. Jean better known “Frannie” was a prolific writer and penned many pieces on love and human nature.
A marriage is a voluntary and full commitment. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and it is entered into with the desire and hope that it will last for life.
Before you declare your vows to one another, I ask that you confirm that it is indeed your intention to be married today.
Would you face each other and join hands.
Emily, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Karl in Marriage?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only to him forevermore?
Karl, do you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to Emily in Marriage?
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect here, forsaking all others and holding only to her for evermore?
Ring Ceremony-Blessing of the Rings
As we undertake the exchange of rings, let us remember that the wedding ring is and outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible bond which already united your two hearts in love.
May they serve as a seal of the vows Emily and Karl have made to one another.
Bless these rings and we bless the couple who give them and wear them- may they ever live in harmony.
Recite vows and exchange of rings-
Emily and Karl have written their own vow’s for one another.
I ask the best man to give Emily’s ring to Karl.
Karl- you may present your vow to Emily and place the ring on her finger.
Now, please give Karl’s ring to Emily.
Emily- you may present your vow to Karl and place the ring on his finger.
Emily and Karl recite their vows and when finished place the ring on each others hand.
Charge to Couple
Emily and Karl, as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you on this day, affirm your faith and love for one another. Be able to forgive, and live each day that you may share it together- as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort, and refuge- your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.
Emily and Karl- by the power vested in me by the City of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Karl you may kiss the bride.
I now present to you Karl and Emily Hudson!
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