May 14, 2009
Here's a rough outline of our ceremony:
Welcome and thank you for joining us today! Brian and Sarah have asked all of you to be with them here today to witness their blessed union because each of you has given something of yourselves into their lives.
Call to Worship
We are gathered here today in the presence of friends and family, together under God, to celebrate the love which Brian and Sarah have for each other, and to join these two lives together on the path that God has laid out before them. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect and love.
Giving of the Bride in Marriage
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
"Her mother and I do." (My dad and mom)
Charge to Congregation
Scripture Reading (done by Tim McDowell)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13??
Blessing of the Hands (done by Sandy and Ben Aste)
Brian and Sarah, please turn to face each other. Hold each others hands, so you
may see the gift that they are to you.
These hands you are holding on your wedding day are the hands of your best friend who
promises to love you all the days of your life.
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 throughout the years
as you laugh together and cry together, and as you share your innermost secrets and
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick or console you when you
These are the hands that will give you support as you chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will work together so that everything you wish for can be
Together, everything you wish for can be realized.
God, bless the hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one
another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of
fear. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their love.
Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in your grace, rich in
caring, and devoted to reaching for your perfect purpose.
Vows and Exchanging of Rings
You may pledge your vows now.
Pledge/Declaration of Intent
Sarah and Brian, you have made a very serious and important decision in choosing to marry each other today. You are entering into a sacred covenant as life partners in God. The quality of your marriage will reflect what you put into nurturing this relationship. You have the opportunity to go forward from this day to create a faithful, kind, and meaningful relationship. We bless you this day. It is up to you to keep the blessings flowing each and every day of your lives together. We pray for you the wisdom, compassion, and constancy to create a peaceful sanctuary in which you can both grow in love.
Brian, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?
"Yes, I do. (Brian)
Sarah, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?
"Yes, I do. (Sarah)
Unity Candle/Mission Statement
The two outside candles have been lighted to represent both your lives in this moment. They are two distinct lights, each capable of going their separate ways. As you join now in marriage, there is a merging of these two lights into one light. This is what the Lord meant when He said, "On this account a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh." From now on your thoughts shall be for each other rather than your individual selves. Your plans shall be mutual, your joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As you each take a candle and together light the center one, you will extinguish your own candles, thus letting the center candle represent the union of your lives into one flesh. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall your lives be divided. You will remain united in a Christian home. May the radiance of this one light be a testimony of your unity in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In as much as you have pledged to the other your lifelong commitment of love and devotion, Sarah and Brian, if there is anything you remember of this ceremony, it is that it was the love of God that brought you here today, it is only love which can make your marriage a glorious union and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.
Brian: We have decided to create a statement that is the essence of what our path and purpose is in this life. As part of our family, a Goff family, we build up the dreams of others and stand in the gap for them until they can stand for themselves, glorifying God in all we do.
<light the unity candle>
Declaration and Blessing of the Couple
By the power and authority vested in me and according to the laws of the state of Colorado, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may kiss your bride.
Presentation of Couple
Ladies and gentleman, it is my pleasure to be the first to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goff!
We bought the tux from gagas.com (they had a going-out-of-business sale, $15)
We also bought Nicolas a small sword pin to wear, instead of a boutinerre. It's similar to the pic below:
<-- we are calling him the "keeper of the rings", and FI has been teaching him what it means to have that responsibility.
We are going to have him also be the "keeper of the vows"... we printed our vows and rolled them up like a small scroll, and tid them to the pillow also.
We are having a string quartet play, and here's a start of a list of songs they'll be playing:
Before ceremony/guests arriving:
- Arioso, Bach LISTEN
- St. Anthony Chorale, Haydn/Brahms LISTEN
- Divertimento No. 1, mov. 3, Presto, Mozart
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, mov. 1, Bach LISTEN
- Ein Kleine, Mozart
- Trumpet Voluntary, Purcell LISTEN
- The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel LISTEN
Seating of mother/grandmother and father:
- Amazing Grace
- still undecided
Attendents processional (1 BM, 1 GM, 1 FG, 1 RB):
- Ode to Joy, Beethoven LISTEN
- still undecided
- Canon in D, Pachebel LISTEN
- Wedding March, Mendelssohn LISTEN
After ceremony/receiving line:
At the reception, we had a table with pics of our parents' weddings. Here was the inspiration pic:
pro pic, day-of:
Non pro-pics, day-of:
Here's is my vow written to Brian:
I respect you and I love you, Brian. I thank the Lord for the love that has bound our hearts and lives together in this fellowship of marriage. As we enter in on the privileges and joys of life's most holy relationship and begin together the great adventure of building a Christian home, I will look to you as head of our house. The Lord instructs me as the one who will be your wife to submit to you as unto Him. God created woman to be man's helper. It is my desire to follow this teaching. I yearn to be trustworthy as your wife, loving and serving you in all circumstances as long as He gives me life on this earth.
Today I am reminded of the verse, James 1:17 which says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." I know with all my heart that you are a perfect gift, given to me by God’s grace. With all of my being, I make the following pledge to you: I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to unconditionally respect and honor you, to support you in your dreams, to laugh with you, and to comfort you. I promise to love you when life is easy and when it is hard, when our love is simple, and when it is not. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in the highest regard. I promise to always be your best friend. I give you these things today, and all the days of our lives together. I take you, Brian, to be my husband, to respect, honor, and cherish you, and to follow you through life as you follow God in his perfect purpose.
With that, I give you this ring with great honor to wear with love and joy. I pledge to you my absolute faithfulness and support as we face life’s challenges together. I will love you as a part of myself because in the Lord’s sight we shall be one. This is my solemn vow: it is a commitment made in love, kept in faith, and eternally made new.
Here's Brian's vow:
3 years ago, God gave me a new life. With that life came many other gifts: peace of mind, purpose, forgiveness, guidance. But more than that, he gave me a friend with whom to share that life: my best friend, the vision that now stands before me.
You showed me passion, with your constant wonder and enthusiasm for God's creation.
You showed me courage, as you stepped away from the familiar time and again to pursue your dreams.
You showed me grace, forgiving me my many faults and accepting me for who I am.
You showed me devotion, staying with me through all manner of difficulty and pain.
You showed me sacrifice, giving up much of what you knew to answer God’s call.
But more than anything, you showed me love, unconditional and steadfast.
You complete me. I thank God every day that you are in my life. You inspire me to be a better man.
Therefore, I, Brian David Goff, hereby vow to have and to hold you, Sarah Lynne Norton, and no other; to protect you from any and all dangers that may come against you; to stand by you in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in victory and in defeat; to gladly lay aside my desires and my life for yours; and to strive to love and cherish you as Christ does His Church.
I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance...
A church filled with flowers, friends and beautiful music...
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for...
He said one that would make me his wife.
WEDDING DATE: May 14, 2009
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