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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Ceremony Begins!

Opening Prayer
Jon: Beloved God, we are gathered here in support of Philip and Tara.  May their love for each other enrich them as individuals and let them know the peace that comes from truly being known and accepted by another. 

Let us lift our hearts together as one in jubilant celebration of the marriage union we are about to witness between Philip and Tara.

As they enter into the sacred and joyous covenant of marriage, we are blessed to witness the magnificence of their love, their open hearts, and their vibrant and willing spirits.

Inspired by their love, let each of us rededicate ourselves to the loving relationships in our own lives.  May we all be enriched for having shared this day together.  Please be seated.

Gathering Words
Jon: Welcome.  Love has gathered us here today.  We are here to celebrate the love that Philip and Tara have for each other as well as the love that each of you has given them throughout their lives. 

As families and friends, you are the ones who have taught Tara and Philip how to love.  You have shown them the blessings that come through loving one another.  

Having planted this seed of love in them, we are now gathered to support them as they embark upon their voyage of discovery as husband and wife.  

We are here to see them off on this journey.  Let us also be there to see them through.  

One of the greatest joys of the wedding day is the joining together of the couples families and friends.  Philip and Tara are filled with gratitude to each and everyone one of you for the loving, caring, friendship, and support that you have given them throughout their lives.

Being able to share their wedding day with you, surrounded by your love and support, is a treasured blessing.  Knowing that your best wishes go forward with them strengthens them as they go forth on their journey as husband and wife. 

Remembrances and Acknowledgements
Jon: Today is an incredibly happy day for Philip and Tara.  It is also a very special day for Philip’s grandparents, Bill and Marie Buch.  They are celebrating their wedding anniversary this very day!  Unfortunately, due to health reasons, they are unable to be with us here today.  However, their long and happy marriage is a great example for all of us to follow. 

There are many special people who are unable to be here with us today for one reason or another.  So, let us call them forward in our hearts.  The couple would especially like to remember Tara’s grandparents, Ernest and Wilma Ketcham.  While they are unable to be with us here today, they will be carried forever in our hearts.  Now we will have a moment of silent remembrance for Ernest and Wilma and all others who could not be here today.

[10 seconds of silence]

I started to cry at the mention of my grandparents.  It's actually the only part of the ceremony that I cried.
To be continued!

Photos courtesy of Howie Hartman of Double H Media.

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