Ashley & Mike your marriage is not just a pledge between you two. It also includes Aaron, Colin, Evelyn, Dylan & Lucas who will also share your lives.
(Walk to table with sand/containers-each takes a container of sand and holds it as I read the next paragraph- and wait for signal to pour)
Each of you holds an individual container of sand, each with it’s own special color. This sand represents you as an individual with all of the special qualities & quirks you possess.
Pouring the sand into the larger vessel represents the joining of your lives together……joining & blending as a family. Each person bringing their own color into the mix, each a unique part of the beautiful whole, each color forming its own pattern just as each individual has their own unique personality and part to play within the family. The whole becoming (or culminating in) a one-of-a-kind creation, just as your family will be; one of a kind, A work of Art, a thing of beauty; grit and all.
Just as these grains of sand can never be separated or returned to their individual containers, so will your family be.
(everyone goes back to their places)