Dec 19, 2009
This is what I came up with today. It's not final; my FI and MOH are going to look over it and make suggestions. But....I'm proud of my little project for the day, and I have something that I can check off of my list. Thanks SO much to the ladies who let me look at their ceremony texts for inspiration, and if you are looking for an example feel free to use anything here that you like :)
Friends and family, we are gathered here in the presence of God to unite Jennifer and Eric in marriage.
The Bible teaches that marriage is to be a permanent relationship of one man and one woman, totally committed to each other as companions for life. This commitment will take trust, to know in their hearts that they truly want the best for each other. It will take dedication, to stay open and honest with one another- and to learn and grow together. It will take faith, to go forward without knowing exactly what the future brings. But we also know that keeping God as the foundation of this marriage will bring them through whatever lies ahead.
Who gives this bride to be married to this man?
Invocation: Let us pray.
Expression of Gratitude:
Jennifer and Eric would like to welcome each and every one of you here today. Each of you has given something of yourself into their lives. It is fitting then that you share in this celebration of their commitment to each other and to their lives joined in marriage. Some family we are born into and others earn the title through their actions. You have all been there for them from the beginning, sharing your love and support, your laughter and tears, and they are deeply grateful for this.
Phyllis and Gary and Vicki and Curtis, Jennifer and Eric would like you to know how much you mean to them and how important you have been in their lives. You have watched them grow, and guided them and encouraged them to be the people they are today. You have instilled in their hearts a love for the Lord, and reminded them through the years, through words and through example, how important it is to keep Jesus as the center of their lives and relationship. They are confident in the fact that throughout their marriage you will still be there to guide them, to be there in difficult times and in joyful times. For this they want to say thank you, from the bottom of their hearts.
**Still need to ask someone to read this**
The Art Of A Good Marriage - Wilferd Arlan Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is never taking the other for granted.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner.
Jennifer and Eric, the vows that you are about to exchange are a verbal representation of the commitment that you have made to one another. You understand that these vows are solemn, and are not to be taken lightly. They are far more than just a few words that you will recite this afternoon…..they are promises to keep for a lifetime.
(Wes will read vows and we will repeat after him)
I, Eric, take you, Jennifer, to be my lawfully wedded wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner, and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
I, Jennifer, take you, Eric, to be my lawfully wedded husband, my constant friend, my faithful partner, and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
The couple would now like to exchange rings to be worn as a symbol of the commitment they have made. The rings will serve as reminders of the affection, sincerity, respect, and loyalty that Jennifer and Eric have promised one another.
(Eric gets ring from Delford)
Eric, this ring will serve as a symbol to you and others, showing that you have chosen Jennifer as your wife. Do you promise to treat her with love and devotion, honor and respect, and to stand by her in the mountains and the valleys of life, as a faithful and caring husband?
(Eric says I do)
You may place the ring on her finger.
(Jennifer gets ring from Jessica)
Jennifer, this ring will serve as a symbol to you and others, showing that you have chosen Eric as your husband. Do you promise to treat him with love and devotion, honor and respect, and to stand by him in the mountains and valleys of life, as a faithful and caring wife?
(Jennifer says I do)
You may place the ring on his finger.
May the sacredness of this moment and the vows and rings you have exchanged remain as a priceless memory in the heart of you both. For many years to come you will remember this day; yet, beyond the fragrant flowers, the music, beyond expressions of joy from family and friends, beyond albums filled with pictures, may the eternal commitment you have made to each other in the presence of God remain the most important part of all the beauty that this day will bring.
We came here today to celebrate the wedding of Jennifer and Eric, not only the joining together of two lives, but also two families. These two stories had separate beginnings, but from this day forward will form one journey.
(Keeper of the Stars will play while we light unity candle)
Closing comments/pronouncement of couple:
Jennifer and Eric have entered into this commitment knowing that marriage is not about racing to the finish; it is making memories in the small moments of day to day life. They know that it will not always be easy, but knowing where to turn in difficult times is the most important. As Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
As you begin this new chapter in your lives, remember, all of your yesterdays have led you to today. May your love and devotion to God and to each other lead you into many tomorrows.
Because Eric and Jennifer have desired each other in marriage and proclaimed this life long commitment in the sight of God and man, I therefore, by the authority granted me as a minister of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the state of Florida, pronounce you husband and wife.
Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.
Eric, you may now kiss your bride.
It is my pleasure to present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Chastain.
Our relationship has been long distance up to this point, so I'm excited to be moving closer to him soon! Even though the wedding isn't until December, I'll be moving to Panama City next month (July). It will be so nice to get to see Eric so much, instead of just on the weekends....and I won't even have to drive 4 hours to spend time with him! :) I'm on the job search now....so wish me luck! This past year was my first year teaching, and I know that it's hard to get a teaching job right now because of the school budget cuts and everything. But I'm on the job search now, and actually have an interview lined up for this coming up Tuesday....so we will see!
Lucky for me, my fiance actually just bought a house last month. :) So when we get married I will have nice place to live without going through the headache of house hunting! It's a four bedroom house with a fire place which I love the thought of. Granted....it won't get cold enough to actually use the fireplace very much in Panama City....but that's ok. :) His place also has a backyard, which is good because I have a dog that I will be bringing with me too. :) She's a dalmatian and her name is Mandy :)
I absolutely love my engagement ring :) I think it has a nice, classy look and has a lot of sparkle without being over the top. I don't wear a lot of extremely elaborate jewelry, so something with a lot of stones on it just wouldn't really be me. I think my fiance did an excellant job of picking a ring that matches my style. :)
When we got engaged last week, we were really excited to pick a date for the wedding. My fiance suggested that we do it before the end of the year. He is a tax accountant so from Jan-April 16th he works very long hours. Sometimes 55-60 hours per week! He knew that trying to help plan a wedding during that time would be very stressful. It sounded like a good idea to me, and since Eric has always loved Christmas we decided that a December wedding would be perfect! He loves anything to do with Christmas, especially Christmas lights. And my favorite color is red. :) So, we are going to have a Christmas themed wedding with red being the main color. We are also going to use some black (not too much so it won't be too dark) and gold to decorate. Maybe a little green too.....although we don't want to carry the Christmas theme too far. We want the ceremony to have a Christmas feel without being overdone. We want it to still be clear that it is a wedding, not a Christmas party. :) So December 19th (2009) it will be! :)
We are very excited!
My fiance and I met at Florida State University in 2007. We were attending the same church group for college students, and also my twin sister and I were roommates with a friend of his. She introduced us both to him one night, just being friendly. We started talking and hanging out some, but did not get together right away because he was about to graduate and was moving up to Mississippi for grad school. Even though I liked him, I knew that starting a long distance relationship from Florida to Mississippi would not be fun! A little over a year later, I was out to eat with my dad and saw a group of people in a restaurant with Ole Miss t-shirts on. It reminded me of Eric because that's where he went to grad school at, although I assumed he was finished with it by then. I decided to get in touch with him and ask him how he was doing since it had been a while....
He told me that he had finished grad school and moved back to his hometown of Panama City, Florida. He was working at an accounting firm and studying to take the CPA exam. By this time I had graduated from Florida State myself and found a teaching job up in Perry, Georgia. Even though I had told myself the year before that I wasn't going to start a long distance thing.....the more I talked to him the more I liked him! We were still about 4 hours apart, but much closer than we were when he was in Mississippi. So we started making trips back and forth on weekends or when we had time off of work to visit each other. We became a couple last October and got engaged June 7th!
Hi everyone! I've technically been a member of PW for several weeks now, because my twin sister (jbl04d) told me about all of the great pictures on here. I took a cake decorating class at Michael's a few months back and will be making my first wedding cake in September. So....I joined the site to get ideas for wedding cakes that looked simple enough for me to decorate. But, last Sunday I got engaged! So now I'm actually creating a biography. :)
She tells me that she told some of her PW friends to expect me to join soon.....so feel free to add me as friend. :)