Opinions: our Wedding Ceremony

Hey ladies! I'm sorry I've been so scarce around the boards lately. Work has been nuts and I'm dealing with whooping cough right now. I don't recommend it. 


Anywho, I just finished putting together our wedding ceremony and wanted to get the opinion of my lovely Pdub ladies. Honest opinions and I'm more than open to suggestions! Thanks in advance :)


 *edit* I had to expand into the first post, and also I have NO ideal why some HTML is showing up?? sorry :(


 





WELCOME


 


Joshua and Halsey, you have known each other for 3 wonderful years, 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 promises and agreements in an informal way.

All those conversations that were held riding in a car, lying in the hammock in the backyard, or during those days that you overlooked the valley from high atop the mountains - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- 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 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- best friend, companion, lover, motivator, motorcycle riding partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.  For after these vows, you shall say to the world, “this is my husband,” and “this is my wife”


 


The Blessing Of The Sea

Halsey and Josh, as we stand by the ocean, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never-ending waves that break before us, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Your love came softly upon each other's hearts, just as the sea foam lies softly before us, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow, may there never be a day without your love for each other.


As the tides ebb and flow so to, do the fortunes of life. Footprints in the sand are washed away, driftwood moves on its endless quest for a peaceful harbor. Only a deep and abiding love can withstand the tides of change in two lives.


Pledge yourselves to each other this day, and promise to be as faithful and dependable as the tide. Just as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.


 


 


HAND CEREMONY


 


As an expression that you are joined together in love - will you please hold each others hands, so you may feel the gift that you are to each other.


 


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 you 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 fills your mind.


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


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


These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.


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


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.


 


 


 




Vows


*Still holding hands from Hand Ceremony*


Josh, do you take Halsey, to be your wife? Do you promise love to her, respect her and care for her, under all conditions and circumstances of life to be a faithful husband to her for the rest of your lives together? [I do]


Please repeat after me:

Halsey, I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems difficult. I promise to cherish you and to always hold you in highest regard. I promise to support you and to be there for you, through the good times and the bad. These things I give to you today, and for all the days of our life.


 




Halsey, do you take Josh, to be your husband? Do you promise love to him, respect him and care for him, under all conditions and circumstances of life to be a faithful wife to him for the rest of your lives together? [I do]

Please repeat after me:

Josh, I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems difficult. I promise to cherish you and to always hold you in highest regard. I promise to support you and to be there for you through the good times and the bad. These things I give to you today, and for all the days of our life.



Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:44 am
ridegrl1
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RING CEREMONY


Josh and Halsey, your rings are intimately associated with your intent to honor and treasure the vows you have made today. By exchanging rings, resolve to live your vows and not to let them drift in shallow promises. Believe and trust that the words you have spoken have the capacity to create the marriage, family and life of your dreams, and that the rings you exchange will have the power to return you to your vows.


 


Josh, please place this ring on Halsey’s finger and repeat after me. “Halsey, with this ring, I give you my heart and I promise from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.”


 


Halsey, please place this ring on Josh's finger and repeat after me. “Josh, with this ring, I give you my heart and I promise from this day forward, you shall not walk alone. May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home.”


 


 


 


Closing


Josh and Halsey if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, may it be the love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and by love which your marriage shall endure. Today your separate lives with your individual memories, desires, and hopes merge into one. You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in the entire world whom you love above all others. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities and to share love. May you be a blessing and comfort to each other, sharers of each others dreams, consolers of each others sorrows, helpers to each other in all of life's challenges. May you encourage each other in whatever you set out to achieve. May you trust each other, trust life and be unafraid. May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you patience, tolerance, and understanding.

With friends and family, along with the sun, the sand, and the sea, I have the pleasure of announcing you as husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride!


 

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:44 am
fromcoldtofire
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I honestly love this. It feels so personal and lovely, and I think that every element belongs there. I truly would not change a thing.


(Btw - we also did the hand ceremony - be prepared for some tears <3)

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:46 am
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Thanks Lauren! I already know, I just re-read it to proof read and I'm tearing up haha. But yes, the hand ceremony is going to be killer! 

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:47 am
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You know how I feel about this... you're amazing Hals!!  :)

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 am
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Awe thank you Candace!

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 8:08 am
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Love, love, love it!!!!!
Posted on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 am
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Should have known to grab a kleenex before reading! 


You have done an amazing job.  The hand ceremony is my favorite element, although the entire ceremony is perfect.  I love this hand holding and the physical contact! 


 

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 9:38 am
ridegrl1
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Thank you ladies :)

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm
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Absolutely beautiful! I love it! 

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm
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P.S. Hope you get better soon!

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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such inspirational..love it

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm
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never heard of the hand ceremony, but i do love it! very moving

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm
ridegrl1
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Thank you ladies!


Janicole- it's a beautiful ceremony! If you youtube it I guarantee you'll cry. 

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:26 am
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Sweetie, that is AWESOME!!!!  I absolutely LOVE it!!!

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:40 am
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Thanks Becca <3

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:48 am
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Aaaah, I loveee it, especially the blessing of the sea!!! This gives me chills! I am on a wedding high right now, I think ;)

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:08 am
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This is beautiful Halsey! So inspirational! :) Love it!!!

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:21 am
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Thanks Faith! I absolutely love that part as well :)

Ashley, thank you sweetie! <3 

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:40 am
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Your ceremony looks a lot like mine!! lol. I love the first reading (I found it on Lorna's site). And I am thinking about doing the hand ceremony too! I like how it can transition into the ring ceremony :) Your ceremony will be beautiful!

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

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