Sep 02, 2012


Our Ceremony, part 3

Reading: Kevin – And now Jesse’s aunt will read a poem entitled “On Your Wedding Day.”

Today is a day you will always remember

The greatest in anyone’s life

You’ll start off the day just two people in love

And end it as Husband and Wife


It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey

With moments to cherish and treasure

And although there’ll be times when you both disagree

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure


You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past

When the secrets of marriage were spoken

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken


So live happy forever as lovers and friends

It’s the dawn of a new life for you

As you stand there together with love in your eyes

From the moment you whisper “I do”


And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real

May success find its way to your hearts

Tomorrow can bring you to the greatest of joys

But today is the day it all starts

(Aunt hugs Jesse and Ashley prior to returning to seat). 

Rings: (call for the rings) I bless these rings, in God’s name with all of the love and encouragement of your friends and family gathered here today. They are a symbol of your undying love for one another. It is fitting that you each wear a ring, as an outward sign to the world of the commitment you are making to each other, here today. These rings are the symbols of the vows here taken; circles of wholeness, perfect in form. The circular shape of the rings is to remind you that your love for each other, your faith in each other and your friendship with each other has no end. Ashley and Jesse, these rings mark the beginning of a long journey together. A journey filled with wonders, surprises, laughter, tears, celebration, and joy. All of these blessings are here today and will be with you forever.

Jesse, please place Ashley’s ring on her finger and repeat after me:

Ashley, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife this day and forevermore.

Ashley, please place Jesse’s ring on his finger and repeat after me:

Jesse, I give you this rind to wear with love and joy.  As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my husband this day and forevermore.

Hand ceremony: As an expression that your hearts are joined together in love please hold hands so you may feel the gift that you are to one another.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together y build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

These are the hands that will life your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

You will use these hands to build a marriage where all your dreams come true.

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