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Monday, December 19, 2011

Ceremony Part II

I love this shot.  It shows what a great view we had!
Charge for the Couple
Jon: Philip and Tara, you have made a very serious decision in choosing to marry each other today.  You are entering into a sacred covenant as life partners. 

In marriage, two lives are intimately shared; and the blending of the two must not diminish either one.  Rather it should enhance the individuality of each partner.

As a marriage matures, it takes on a life of its own.  And within it, each partner is individually evolving while growing in understanding of the other.  While you are two separate individuals, you walk along one path together.  Your every gesture, word, expression, and action, and those you withhold or omit, will determine the quality of your experience together. 

It is through loving, kindness, caring, and sharing that a successful marriage journey is created.  A good marriage takes patience, dedication, humor, and forgiveness.  You keep your love alive through the choices you make moment by moment, day after day, and year after year.  Through practice you learn how to love yourselves and each other with devotion and freedom. 

Do you both understand and accept these responsibilities and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?

Our very good friend/officiant, Jon.
[Philip and Tara respond in unison] We do.

Declaration of Support
Jon: When two people come together in marriage, their families and friends are also joined together into a larger circle of caring.  From now on, you will know Philip and Tara not only as individuals, but as marriage partners, and your individual lives will be linked together as members of this community. 

Please affirm your support of this marriage by responding “I do,” to the following question:  As part of the community that surrounds Philip and Tara, do you offer your love and support to strengthen their marriage and bless this family created by their union?

[Group responds in unison] I do.

Reading II: I Corinthians
Jon: Now Brandon will share a reading with us. 
My big brother, Brandon (what, can't you see the family resemblance?).
[Brandon reads the following]
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

To be continued!

Photos courtesy of Howie Hartman of Double H Media.

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