Minister cues orchestra. Congregation stands.
Bride Processional: Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
(Susie and Dad walk down aisle. Dad helps me put back my veil.)
MINISTER: Who gives this woman in marriage?
Rod: Her mother and I do.
(Jake and Dad shake hands, Dad sits down next to mom)
MINISTER: Welcome on this happiest of days as we unite two hearts in matrimony. Jake and Susie, along with their parents, want to deeply thank each one of you for sharing this moment with them.
MINISTER: You are the people who have helped Jake and Susie become the individuals they are today. You are the people who mean the most to them, who have shared your lives with them, who have supported and encouraged them.
Questions of Intent
MINISTER: Jake, do you come here freely, in the presence of friends and family to declare your commitment to Susie and choose her as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you give yourself to her and accept the gift of self, which she gives to you? Do you pledge to endure all the difficulties which life may offer, even as you look forward to sharing the joys to be experienced together? If so say I do.
Jake: I do
MINISTER: Susie, do you come here freely, and stand in the presence of friends and family to declare your commitment to Jake and choose him as the one with whom you wish to spend your life? Do you give yourself to him and accept the gift of self, which he gives to you? Do you pledge to endure all the difficulties which life may offer, even as you look forward to sharing the joys to be experienced together? If so, say I do.
Susie: I do.
MINISTER: Jake and Susie stand before you today because of love. In each other, they have found true love, a love that for them is powerful, comforting, invigorating, refreshing, and all encompassing.
MINISTER: They both believe that this love would not have been possible without the unending, unconditional love of their parents, and have written these passages to their parents..
MINISTER: Rodney and Jane will you come forward.
(Rod and Jane come forward and Susie takes each of their hands)
Statement From Susan (read my minister):
MINISTER: Mom and Dad. I love you more than I can ever explain in words. You are the most honorable, kind, and loving people I have ever known. You have showed me what it is to love, with undying patience, generosity, and kindness. You make me feel safe, and free, and strong. Thank you for every moment you spent with me teaching, encouraging, and showing me the joy that life truly is. It is because of you that I can stand here today, ready to start my own family with this man, and bring to him a love that is powerful, wise, and complete. Thank you for those gifts, and know that I will honor the things that you have taught me always.
(Susan presents each of her parents with a flower and kisses them)
MINISTER: Lari and Tari will you come forward.
Statement from Jake (read by minister): get from Jake before wedding.
MINISTER: Jake and Susie have chosen two readings, the first will be read by Jacie Knight, the second, by Jakešs father Larry.
Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
30 Second music interlude Henry Percival Ron Doe 9Opera)
Though I speak with the tongues of people and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
The Apostle Paul, I Corinthians 13, 1-8 NKJV
30 Music Interlude Raif Von Williams - Rhofymedre
MINISTER: Love for Jake and Susie began with the strong love of their parents, and continued throughout their lives through many other people. Grandparents showered these two with love and affection, aunts and uncles lovingly watched them grow and taught them important things like card games and (something from Jake.) Sister Katie and brother Jesse walked through youth with them, sharing dreams, long summer nights playing outside, and learning lifešs mysteries. Cousins to play with and feel the bond of family. There were friends. Great friends like those that stand with them here today, people who grew along side Jake and Susie and who are very treasured. Teachers, mentors, and all people who taught Jake and Susie the meaning of love.
MINISTER: Please stand. Susie and Jake thank you all for your strong support and for your love throughout the stages of their lives, and want to ask you for r your support in the choice they have made in committing their lives together now. They ask for your help, in the same ways you have always helped them as counselors, encouragers, listeners, family, and friends.
MINISTER: Jake and Susie ask that you remind them of the deep promise they made here today and of the love you see in their eyes now. For in difficult days, they shall need you, and they trust that you will be there.
MINISTER: If all of you here pledge to continue support not only for these two people individually, but also as a couple, please answer: we will.
GROUP: We will.
MINISTER: Thank you. Please be seated.
MINISTER: In addition to all of the loved ones here today, Jake and Susie wish to recognize some loved ones that are not with us today in body, but who are definitely here in our hearts, and are deeply missed here today. They will light a candle for each these loved ones.
(Minister removes hurricane from candle for each name)
Music plays as Jake and Susie light candles together: Beatles: In My life.
Homemade vow to each other: (read by each to the other off of a card that the minister gives to us)
Regular vows and Exchange of Rings. (Repeated line by line)
Jake first (Jesse gives Jake Susiešs ring)
"I, _Jake__, take you, _Susie__, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.
Susie next (Jesse gives Susie ring)
"I, _Susie__, take you, _Jake__, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.
Now because you have chosen one another, honored each other with the precious gift of your rings, and pledged to love each other for all the days of your lives, it gives me great joy to pronounce you husband and wife. Jake, You may kiss your bride.
(Kiss, applause?) Make sure your music does not start here that is the most frequent mistake with announcements, or move this to after recessional
MINISTER: Jake and Susie would like to ask that everyone come down to the lakeside, to pose for a group photo. Punch will be served down below.
Ladies and Gentleman it is my great honor to present to you for the first time Jake and Susie Gibson!
Recessional: The Wedding March
(Jake and Susie make their exit. The wedding party follows them down the aisle.)
Post-Recessional: Fun Music: Ode to Joy, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
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