Ceremonies

Katie & Chris


RELUDEDJ / Nick Music played while guests are seated. Sarah and Thomas stand on either side of front door to chapel handing a wishing rock to each guest as they enter. PROCESSIONALDJ / Nick Reverend, Groom, Best Man (Jacob) enter and proceed to front. Jacob returns to back of chapel to enter with Owen. Katie's grandmother (Gwen) enters with her son (William); they proceed to their seats in front row/right side. Groom's mother (Marge) enters with Chris's brother (Tony); they proceed to their seats in the front row/left side. Groom's father & his wife (Rick & Edie) enter and proceed to their seats in the front row/left side. Bride's mother (Janice) enters with her nephew (Will); they proceed to their seats in the front row/right side. Bride's sister (Evie) enters with godson (Seamus); they proceed to their seats in front row/right side. Bride's sister (Lara) enters with her son (Brayden); they proceed to their seats in front row/right side. Couples sons (Jacob & Owen) enter and proceed to front; Owen will sit with Liz; Jacob will join line-up next to Chris. Reverend to guests: Please stand. Bride enters with her father (Bob); they proceed to front row where Reverend and Groom greet them for passing of the Bride. Processional song will play to the end when Reverend asks the following question: Who gives this Bride, Katie, to be married to this Groom, Christopher? Dad responds “I do.” He kisses Katie and shakes Chris's hand, then take his seat in front row/right side next to Janice. Flowers handed to Lara (sitting in front row). Couple is brought together for the start of ceremony. WELCOMEReverend Good morning family and friends. Welcome to the historic Allaire Chapel.
We have come here today to celebrate the marriage of Katie & Chris.
By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other.
And you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.
Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined together as one. OPENING PRAYERReverend Let us pray. Dear God, Thank you for this joyous day. Thank you for your light that has entered our life. Thank you for all your miracles and blessings. Please bless this union. Help Katie and Chris find the perfect place in this world for their love flourish. Let the radiant light of their love shine on all those around them. May their sons, Jacob and Owen, be blessed. God, bless them with the inner gifts of trust, compassion, forgiveness and truth that they may live and grow together in love and peace. Amen. Please be seated. RECOGNITION OF FRIENDS/FAMILIES & REMEMBRANCEReverend Katie and Chris, today you are surrounded by your family and friends,
all of whom have gathered to witness and share in the joy of this occasion.
On behalf of Katie and Chris, thank you for joining them.
They will long remember this time of celebration, and whether your trip here was local or you traveled a long distance, they thank each of you, for being here to share in their happiness. As we celebrate this wedding today, Katie and Chris would also like to honor the memory of those that could not be with them this morning. They are our grandparents, family members and friends. We especially remember Chris's Uncle Bill and Katie's beloved brother, Eric. We will always remember them and we know that they are celebrating with us in spirit. The memories of these beautiful people live on in our hearts today and always. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/THANKS TO PARENTSReverend As Katie and Chris come before us to be married, they wish to acknowledge and thank their Parents. (Katie and Chris turn to parents on each side to acknowledge them.) Your unconditional gifts of love have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts. Without you, this day would not be possible. PRESENTATION OF ROSES TO MOTHERSReverend & Couple Katie & Chris wish to specifically acknowledge and thank 3 very special women, their mothers, Marge, Edie & Janice, for always being there throughout the years and for all that they have done in bringing them to this incredible moment. At this time they would like to present a token of their love to their mothers. (Jacob will get the roses from the table and give them to couple to present to the mothers) Among the many things that giving roses symbolizes, perhaps the most important is eternal love. RECOGNITION OF JACOB & OWENReverend Most often we think of marriage as the joining of two people to be wife and husband.
In reality, marriage is often much more than that. For Katie & Chris, their marriage also includes two other very special people - their children. As part of the family nature of marriage, Katie & Chris would like to recognize their sons Jacob & Owen, and the very important role that they play in this relationship celebrated today. WORDS ABOUT MARRIAGEReverend Katie and Chris, you both know you've developed a deep love and respect for each other over the years you've been together. The relationship you are entering into today as a wedded couple is truly one of life's most important relationships. It is a gift, given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is restlessness, laughter when there is unhappiness and love when it is shared. Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them. It makes joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger so you can become involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone. Real love says you are stronger together than when you are apart. You have proven this true, not only through your dedication and loyalty to each other, but also to the incredibly loving family that you, Jacob and Owen are today. READINGLara Katie & Chris have asked her sister, Lara, to share the following reading with us called “Foundations of Marriage” by Regina Hill. Foundations of Marriage
Regina Hill Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage.
In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad.
But together, two hearts can overcome everything. In marriage, all of the moments won't be exciting or romantic,
and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming.
But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings
will be the glue that holds everything together,
during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend,
and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs,
is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It's inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling,
and having faith in each other and not giving up - even when all the odds say to quit. It's allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself,
even when the opinions or thoughts aren't in total agreement
or exactly what you'd like them to be. It's getting involved and showing interest in each other,
really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness. INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING VOWSReverend You are about to exchange your vows. These vows are an expression of the promises you have chosen to make to each other. Marriage is the uniting of two people and a journey towards the unity of two hearts. The vows you share will thrive on the love that you have for each other and your marriage will grow deeper as each of you grows older.
As you journey through life together, may you continue to trust each other, laugh together and speak often to one another. And may your lives together be filled with joy, whether in times of peace or chaos, trouble or good fortune. EXCHANGE OF WEDDING VOWSReverend & Couple Please look into each other's eyes as you share your vows by repeating after me. Chris to Katie: Katie, I stand before you
because you have won my heart through your graciousness.
You are my life partner,
loving mother to our children Jacob and Owen
and the one I pledge my life and love to.
From this day forward,
I promise to love, respect, and honor you.
I will listen to you,
and be open and honest with you.
I will be your trusted partner
and stand by you through good times and bad.
I promise this now
and for all the days of my life. Katie to Chris: Chris, I stand before you
because you have won my heart through your graciousness.
You are my life partner,
loving father to our children Jacob and Owen
and the one I pledge my life and love to.
From this day forward,
I promise to love, respect, and honor you.
I will listen to you,
and be open and honest with you.
I will be your trusted partner
and stand by you through good times and bad.
I promise this now
and for all the days of my life. Chris to Katie: Chris, do you take Katie to be your wife?
To be her partner in marriage and in life?
To love her and cherish her?
To be honest and faithful to her?
And to stand by Katie all the days of your life? Chris responds: I do. Katie to Chris: Katie, do you take Chris to be your husband?
To be his partner in marriage and in life?
To love him and cherish him?
To be honest and faithful to him?
And to stand by Chris all the days of your life? Katie responds: I do. WISHING ROCK CEREMONY &
UNITY SAND CEREMONYReverend, Couple & Guests At this time, Sarah and Thomas will present a wishing rock to the people in the front rows who were a part of the ceremony processional, and if anyone else did not receive a rock upon entering the chapel, please raise your hand and they will come to present you with one as well. I'm guessing that many of you are wondering about these rocks? Katie & Chris chose to include the Wishing Rock Ceremony as part of their wedding today. As I mentioned earlier, you are all here today because of your influence and importance to Katie, Chris and their family. The Wishing Rock ceremony is a symbolic way for them to carry your individual wishes and prayers with them throughout the journey that begins here. As some of you may know, Chris, along with his wing man Jacob, proposed to Katie on a large rock in the middle of a river in the Adirondack Mountains - a place that has been, and surely will be, very special for this family forever.
The rocks you are holding today, were handpicked from those same waters in the Adirondacks. Hold the rock in the palm of your hand, wrap your fingers tightly around it. Take a moment to make a wish for this beautiful family. Shortly, you will return your rock and it will be placed in a container which the Garrow family will display in their home, to always remind them of your unending support and love. As we give thanks for the love that brings Katie and Chris together, so too we recognize the merging of families taking place, and the additional love and support family and friends bring to this relationship. As part of their nature, Katie and Chris have chosen to include all of you in the Unity Sand Ceremony to acknowledge how important each of you are in their life. Before they met, their lives were on different paths with different destinations. But love has brought them together and joined their separate paths into one. Together they will pour separate colors of sand into the container, symbolizing their responsibility to be the foundation on which their marriage is built. After your wishing rock has been collected, each of you will be presented with a vessel of sand to add to the container, representing your contribution to their lives. Now I'd would like to invite Katie and Chris's nieces and nephews to join us at the altar. (As Katie and Chris give them their items and help place them, Rev. reads…) Brayden and Seamus will be standing closest to you holding baskets to receive your wishing rocks for Katie and Chris. After you place your rock in a basket, you will be greeted on the right side of the table by Georgia and Morgan, with your own vessel of sand to pour into the container. Once you have added your sand, Andrew will collect the containers and lids, and then you may return to your seats. CEREMONY PERFORMED…AFTER LAST PERSON POURS SAND, RICHARD ASKS BRAYDEN AND SEAMUS TO BRING THE BASKETS OF ROCKS TO JACOB WHO WILL TAKE THEM AND DUMP THEM INTO THE BOX. Music will end after Jacob pours rocks. THEN AFTER THE LAST PERSON IS SEATED… Finally to seal the connection between themselves and all of you, Jacob and Owen will pour the final layer of sand and place the top on the container. Much like the cherry completes an ice cream Sundae, Jacob and Owen's sand is what completes this union. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the original vessels, so will their marriage and family be united as one with all of you for all their days together. Katie & Chris, all that was once separate is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life path and destination. RING VOWSReverend Jacob, may I have the rings please? [Jacob hands rings to Reverend.] Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of Katie & Chris in marriage.
As often as either of you look upon these rings, may you be reminded of this moment and the love that you have promised to one another. Chris, please repeat after me. Katie, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion
and my choice to share my life with you.
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow and forever. Katie, please repeat after me. Chris, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion
and my choice to share my life with you.
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow and forever. REVEREND'S BEST WISHESReverend Katie & Chris, before I declare you husband and wife, I want to wish you both much love and happiness as you begin your new journey together.
Wherever you go, may you always return to your family in your togetherness.
May you two find in each other the love for which all souls long. To make your marriage work will take love.
Love should be the core of your marriage; love is the reason you are here.
But it also will take trust — to know in your hearts that you want the best for each other.
It will take dedication to live by the vows you have made.
To stay open to one another, to learn and to grow together even when this is not always easy to do.
It will take faith to keep your promises.
To always be willing to go forward to tomorrow, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring.
And it will take commitment.
To hold true to the journey you have both pledged to share together. DECLARATION OF MARRIAGEReverend Katie & Chris, for your marriage to be successful, you must each be loyal to the other, stand firm in your defense of each other and be supportive of one another's life goals and dreams. It is a solemn, binding, yet challenging relationship. By your words today in this ceremony you have promised each other your undying love and have exchanged rings to wear as a sign of your everlasting commitment to each other. Therefore, in accordance with the law of New Jersey, and by virtue of the authority vested in me, it is truly my joy and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Chris, you may kiss your bride. Flowers handed back to Katie. INTRODUCTION OF COUPLEReverend Family and friends, the ceremony is over so let the celebration begin. Following the ceremony today, there will be a small brunch with their immediate family. However, tonight you're all invited to join them at 8pm at Connolly Station to help them celebrate. Rev. explains that the bell in the chapel was cast by Mr. Allaire and it is rung 3 times for health, wealth and a long life together. Rev. asks Jacob to ring bell in closet three times. But first, it is my honor and privilege to introduce to you for the first time in their new relationship as husband and wife Christopher & Katie. Congratulations! RECESSIONALDJ / Nick Bride & Groom exit first, Jacob will take Owen, then Parents, families, Reverend and guests.




Ashley & Ken


PRELUDE Music played while guest are seated. Ashley's father, Martin, and his wife, Erika, will be pre -seated. PROCESSIONAL Groom's parents, Ken & Deb, enter and proceed to front row/right side. Bride's mother, Beth enters with Shawn & Ryan (Sons); they proceed to front row/left side. Reverend enters with Groom and Best Man (Chris). Bridesmaids enter and make their way to the front in this order: Nicole (next to Bride) Danielle (furthest from Bride) Bride enters with her father (Ed); they proceed to front row. Reverend and Groom step forward greet them. Reverend asks the following question: Who gives this Bride - Ashley - to be married to this Groom - Kenneth? Bride's father responds: “Her mother and I do.” Ed kisses Ashley and shakes Ken's hand then takes his seat in front row/left side next to Beth. Flowers handed to Nicole. Couple is brought together and the ceremony begins. GREETINGReverend Good afternoon family and friends. Welcome to the beautiful Reeves Reed Arboretum! We have come here today to celebrate the marriage of Ashley and Kenneth.
By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other.
And you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship.
Today, their lives which began on separate paths, will be joined together as one. OPENING PRAYERReverend Let us pray: God, grant that the love which unites Ashley and Ken may grow in abiding happiness.
May their relationship continue to grow in the years to come.
May there be peace in their home, quietness and confidence in their hearts.
And whatever changes time may bring, let today's wedding ceremony remain as a treasured memory and a guide to life for Ashley and Ken.
Amen. Please be seated. RECOGNITION OF FAMILY, FRIENDSReverend Ashley and Ken, today you are surrounded by your family and friends,
all of whom have gathered to witness and share in the joy of this occasion. On behalf of Ashley and Ken, thank you for joining them. They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy on this special day. And whether your trip her was local, or you traveled a long distance, they thank each of you for making the journey to celebrate with them today. In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift.
New experiences lie before you with opportunities to grow deeper in love with each other.
As you walk hand in hand into the future, cherish each moment as a gift —
a gift, given to strengthen the bond between you. But even as that gift is shared by two people who are in love, it also touches the friends and family members who in various ways support and contribute to the relationship. Together each of you, their families and friends, has played some part in bringing Ashley and Ken to this moment. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/THANKS TO PARENTSReverend As Ashley & Ken come before us to be married, they wish to acknowledge and thank their Parents for the endless love and support that they have given them throughout the years, and for all they have done in bringing them to this special moment. Your unconditional gifts of love have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts. Without you, this day would not be possible. WORDS ABOUT MARRIAGEReverend Ashley and Ken, you both know you've developed a deep love and respect for each other and have already proven this is true over the past eight years of your relationship.
In fact, for any of you who don't know, they are celebrating their 8 -year anniversary today.
And, Ken proposed to Ashley on this same date last year. But it never hurts to be reminded of why two people fell in love in the first place and continue to fall in love with each other again and again. Each of you brings gifts to the other today. Gifts of hope and laughter, focus and seriousness of purpose. Sensitivity and recognition of the beautiful and the profound.
You've searched for and dreamed about that special someone
who would embody and express the gifts you now stand ready to give and to receive.
The relationship you're entering into today as a wedded couple,
is truly one of life's most important relationships.
It is a gift, given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is restlessness, laughter when there is unhappiness, and love when it is shared. No ceremony can create your marriage.
Only you can do that through love, patience, dedication, perseverance;
through talking and listening and trying to understand; through helping and supporting and believing in each other; through learning to forgive, learning to respect and appreciate your differences,
and learning to make the important things matter and to let go of the rest.
What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made
to begin a new life today as husband and wife. READINGReverend Ashley and Ken and asked me to read a wonderful story called “Color Together” by Bob Perks. As they told me, “We both agree that this represents our relationship very well.” Love is like a box of Crayola® crayons created by God.
Before you are the blank pages that are drawn
through a lifetime of commitment and caring.
Although our generation has set the pace for coloring outside the lines,
my advice to you both, always color within the lines. Don't look at them as barriers or roadblocks that limit,
but guidelines to keep your love strong. Be creative. Use your own colors.
Roses aren't always red and sunsets are never the same.
Relationships too, should be like sharing a coloring book.
Decide together what page to work on and then share.
Perhaps one is better at coloring the sky and the other the grass and flowers.
Never criticize the other's work.
If you both desire to use the same crayon,
choose a different shade or wait until the other is finished.
Compromise and patience are the backbone of a strong union. It is important at times for both of you to have your own page to color.
A strong couple stands together but each casts their own shadow.
In coloring, this is accomplished by first agreeing on two connected pages
and sitting close together.
Keep the crayons sharpened.
The joy of love is in the details.
At times when you are challenged by life or disagreements
pull out the coloring book and sit at your kitchen table and draw.
No words need to be spoken.
The peace and joy that come from creating beauty
will not permit the ugliness of anger to exist. Always be thankful to the God of all colors.
He created you both in love and graciously brought you together.
Finally, always clean up afterwards.
Relationships, like a crayon box, have a place for everything.
You will discover that when one is missing the whole box seems incomplete.
May your life together be as colorful as you both have made everyone's lives. INTRO TO WEDDING VOWSReverend Ashley and Ken, you are about to exchange your vows.
These vows are an expression of the promises you have chosen to make to each other.
Marriage is the uniting of two people and a journey towards the unity of two hearts.
The vows you share will thrive on the love that you have for each other
and your marriage will grow deeper as each of you grows older. WEDDING VOWSReverend & Couple Ken to Ashley: Ashley, because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream and challenge myself. When life becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and support you, so that through our unity we can accomplish more together than we could alone. I look forward with much anticipation to spending the rest of our lives together. I vow to love, honor, and cherish you, no matter what lies before us, for the rest of eternity. Ashley to Ken: Ashley, because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream and challenge myself. When life becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and support you, so that through our unity we can accomplish more together than we could alone. I look forward with much anticipation to spending the rest of our lives together. I vow to love, honor, and cherish you, no matter what lies before us, for the rest of eternity. Ashley and Ken will now share their personal words with each other. Ken to Ashley: There are moments in life that you never forget, the day I first saw you is one of those moments for me. D Wing, Corner Locker, yea, I still remember… There are also events that change your life, 525 '04 is one of those defining times. Exactly 8 years ago we started our relationship, and today I can say that was the best decision of my life. Ashley you have impacted me in more ways than I can even count, I am the man I am today, very much thanks to you. Motivation, inspiration, friendship; you were always there in times of need. My lovies, I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together, you are my only one, I love you more than words can express, until the day I die, your KEJM. Ashley to Ken: Ken you are my best friend and my only one. When I´m with you, I feel I can be the person I want to be, and I cannot imagine my life without you. You make me smile, you stick up for me, you take care of me and you are always interested in what I have to say and do. Today, I want to make a promise to you and to myself, in front of our friends and family, to love and respect you for the rest of my life. I will always trust and value your opinions, and stand by your actions. I will ask for help when I need it, and offer it when necessary. Let us be friends and lovers, and grow old together. Always and forever. LOVE LOCKS CEREMONYReverend & Couple Love, compassion, trust, and pride are but a few of the many emotions that we as human beings feel towards each other. These emotions connect us, but it is often difficult to adequately convey their strength and significance to those we love. Sometimes mere words aren't enough, and in those occasions a unique gift that symbolizes our love speaks what words can't. Love locks are a custom by which sweethearts lock padlocks together and affix them to something stationary such as a chain, fence, pole, gate or tree. Locking your love is the ancient Chinese custom of symbolically locking one's love on a never -ending chain. No one knows how or when this ancient Chinese custom began. Following the example of this beautiful ancient custom, our modern world can now connect through life's most precious moments. Love padlocks are now a worldwide tradition where people can lock their love with another forever. Perhaps one of the most significant inspirations for love padlocks comes from Rome, Italy. On the Ponte Milvio, one of Rome's oldest and most famous bridges. Young lovers would write their names on a padlock, chain it to the Ponte Milvio Bridge, then throw the keys into the river in a gesture of undying love. We are going to inscribe them ahead of time this week, we each have our own lock that we will place on the tree individually first, and then together we will lock the unity lock. It is not solely about the lock itself, but much like a diamond ring represents the lasting bond of marriage, so does the love padlock symbolize a movement towards love, acceptance, and unity. As your hearts are now joined together in love, so will these padlocks be locked together forever. INTRODUCTION TO RING VOWSReverend Ashley & Ken, as you walk through life together, remember that you are unique and different from one another. Give your love openly and honestly. Do not try to change each other, for your differences are what brought you together. If the air becomes too close, make a little space so each can breathe.
When the path is too narrow, pick one of you to go first.
Be willing to follow and never be afraid to lead.
Maintain your capacity for wonder, spontaneity, humor, and sensitivity.
Trust your partner and trust yourself - for a marriage is a journey that leads to greater love. Chris, may I have the rings? RING VOWSReverend & Couple These wedding rings symbolize the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all your union in marriage
As often as either of you look upon these rings, may you be reminded of this moment
and the love and commitment you have promised to one another. Ken, please repeat after me. Ashley, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
for all that you have given me,
and all we will share together.
With all that I am,
And all that I have,
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow, and forever. Ashley, please repeat after me. Kenneth, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
for all that you have given me,
and all we will share together.
With all that I am,
And all that I have,
I give you this ring, with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow, and forever. REVEREND'S BEST WISHESReverend Ashley & Ken, before I declare you husband and wife,
I want to wish you both much love and happiness as you begin this new journey. The two of you are now joined in one unbroken circle.
Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness.
May you two find in each other the love for which all souls long.
To make your marriage work will take love.
Love should be the core of your marriage; love is the reason you are here.
But it also will take trust — to know in your hearts that you want the best for each other. It will take dedication to live by the vows you have made.
To stay open to one another, to learn and to grow together even when this is not always easy to do.
It will take faith to keep your promises.
To always be willing to go forward to tomorrow, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring.
And it will take commitment — to hold true to the journey you have both pledged to share together today. DECLARATION OF MARRIAGEReverend Ashley and Ken, today you have promised each other your undying love and have exchanged rings to wear as a sign of your everlasting commitment to each other. Therefore, in accordance with the law of New Jersey, it is my joy and pleasure to declare that you are now husband and wife. Ken, you may kiss your bride [Flowers handed back to Ashley.] INTRODUCTION OF COUPLEReverend Family and friends, the ceremony is over so let the celebration begin.
Ashley and Ken will be taking photos with their families and the bridal party.
They invite you to enjoy the gardens and want to remind you that the reception will begin @ 6 pm @ Galloping Hill Caterers in Union.
But first, it is my honor and privilege to introduce to you for the first time in their new relationship as husband and wife Kenneth & Ashley. Congratulations! RECESSIONAL Ashley and Ken exit first, followed by the Bridal Party: Chris exits by himself. Danielle & Nicole follow together Then Parents, Reverend and Guests.




Natalie & Brett


PRELUDEMusic / Piano Music played while guests are seated. Groom's mother (Karen) is pre-seated prior to start of ceremony. PROCESSIONALMusic / Piano Music: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran Rev. Cash enters and takes his place at front followed by: Brett's Grandpa Izzy with Aunt Karen (seated in front row/right side) Bride's parents, MaryAnne & Edward (seated in front row/left side) Best Man, Andrew (joins Rev. in front) Groom enters with his father (Arthur); dad takes his seat in front row/right side next to Karen and Groom joins line-up between Rev. and Andrew Bridal Party enters and proceeds to the front in this order: These 3 groomsmen enter first alone: Noah (furthest from Groom) Adam Matt Groomsmen escorting bridesmaids: Jason & Kelly (he stands next to Matt, Kelly is furthest from bride) Jared & Beth Ryan & Mallory Mike & Sarah Dov & Erinn Jordan & Kristen Jon & Nicole Matron-of-Honor (Jessica) with flower girl (Charley, she'll sit with Danielle). Reverend: Please stand. Music Changes: My Girl by The Temptations Bride enters, escorted by her Uncle John. They proceed to front where Rev. & Groom greet them. Rev. asks the following question: Who gives this bride, Natalie, to be married to this groom, Brett? Uncle John answers "I do" then kisses Natalie and shakes Brett's hand before taking his seat in the front row/left side. Flowers handed to Jessica and couple is brought together for the start of the ceremony. GREETINGReverend Please be seated. Welcome! Good afternoon, family and friends.
We are here to honor a very special couple in their journey of love & marriage.
Natalie and Brett, in their respect and love for each other, wish to unite in the bond of marriage and to dedicate themselves to each other's happiness as husband and wife.
Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one. RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCEReverend On behalf of Natalie and Brett, thank you for joining them today.
They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy on this special day.
Natalie and Brett will long remember this time of celebration,
and whether your trip here was local or you traveled a long distance,
they are thankful that all of you, their family and friends, are here to share in their happiness. We also know that some very special loved ones are not with us here today.
And yet, we remember them still and invoke their memory and their spirit
to share in the happiness and joy of this moment… the invocation of their names brings fond and cherished memories of a time past, yet ever present in our minds…and ever cherished in our hearts… Especially remembered are Natalie's grandparents, Margery & Darcy, Edward & Grace, and Brett's grandparents, Ruby & Rose and Shirley. We will always remember them and we know that they are celebrating with us in spirit.
The memories of these beautiful people live on in our hearts today and always. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/THANKS TO PARENTSReverend As Natalie and Brett come before us to be married, they wish to acknowledge and thank their Parents for the endless love and support that they have given them throughout the years, and for all they have done in bringing them to this special moment. Your unconditional gifts of love have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts. Without you, this day would not be possible. WORDS ABOUT MARRIAGEReverend Natalie & Brett have chosen to stand under a Chuppah for their wedding ceremony as a tribute not only to Brett's Jewish heritage, but because of the symbolism and significance of what it represents. The Chuppah is a canopy representing the home that the couple is building together. The open sides symbolize that their home is always open to everyone in their lives and that anyone visiting there will be warmly welcomed. Natalie & Brett, marriage is the supreme sharing,
and challenging adventure in the most intimate of human relationships.
It is the joyful uniting of two people whose affection and understanding have become a deep and enduring love. Those who take these vows have their lives blended together as one. Today you are agreeing to share life's deepest and richest experiences. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of mutual respect.
When you enter into marriage, you enter into one of life's most important relationships.
It is a gift, given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is restlessness, laughter when there is unhappiness, and love when it is shared. But, no ceremony can create a marriage.
Only you can do that through love, patience, dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, understanding and helping, supporting and believing in each other.
Through learning to forgive, learning to respect differences, and learning what's truly important while letting go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife. READING #1Reverend Natalie and Brett have asked Natalie's Aunt Frani to join us to and share two readings with us. Apache Wedding Blessing Now you will feel no storms, for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, for each of you is companion to the other. You are two persons, but there is one life before you, and one home. Turn together to look at the road you traveled, to reach this---the hour of your happiness. And so, May happiness be your companion, May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead; And through all the years to come. Go this day to your dwelling place and enter into your days together. May your days be good and long upon the earth. Irish Wedding Blessing
(A favorite of Mom-Mom) May God be with you and bless you both
May you live long to see your children's children
May you be poor in misfortunes, but rich in blessings
May you know nothing but happiness your whole life through
And may you always be in love as you are today. INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING VOWSReverend Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid and encourages new experiences and growth. Marriage is a promise made in the hearts of two people that takes a lifetime to fulfill. You will now make those promises by pledging your commitment to each other?/p> EXCHANGE OF WEDDING VOWSReverend & Couple Please look into each other's eyes as you share your vows by repeating after me. Brett to Natalie: Natalie, today I take you as my wife.
I promise to love and honor you,
to be honest and faithful to you.
And with the promise
that no matter what the world brings to us
I will be by your side
for all our days to come. Natalie to Brett: Brett, today I take you as my husband.
I promise to love and honor you,
to be honest and faithful to you.
And with the promise
that no matter what the world brings to us
I will be by your side
for all our days to come. INTRODUCTION TO RING VOWSReverend The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now, as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul, you'll exchange rings as a symbol of this bond and the commitment you are making to each other today. Andrew, may I have the rings please? Best Man hands rings to Rev. EXCHANGE OF RINGSReverend & Couple A wedding ceremony is the beginning of a new future for the couple being married - representing their hopes and dreams of what is possible as they build their lives together. But it is also deeply tied to what has come before - the foundation and traditions that have made them who they are today. Natalie and Brett will be exchanging rings that have been handed down to them from their beloved grandparents. Brett, please repeat after me: Natalie, I give you this ring
as a symbol of my love & devotion.
With all that I am and all that I have,
I give you my heart.
I give it to you with the promise
to love you today, tomorrow and always. Natalie, please repeat after me: Brett, I give you this ring
as a symbol of my love & devotion.
With all that I am and all that I have,
I give you my heart.
I give it to you with the promise
to love you today, tomorrow and always. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today
and may these rings be blessed by the love with which they are given. READING #2Edward The second reading Natalie and Brett chose to include today is called "Foot Prints in the Sand" and will be read by Natalie's step-father, Ed. This is a reading that Natalie practically knows by heart as it hung on the wall in her grandmother's house. In deepest sleep one night I dreamed that on the beach I walked.
God was by my side each step and quietly we talked. Then on the sky my life was flashed, the visions all serene.
Two sets of footprints in the sand were there in every scene. But then I noticed in some scenes of suffering, pain, and strife,
just a single set of footprints at the worst times of my life. "God... You said You'd stay by me in good times and in bad.
Why, then, did You leave me each time my life was sad?" "My precious child," God answered.
"When your life had pain, I knew.
The single set of footprints were the times I carried you." REVEREND'S BEST WISHESReverend For your marriage to be successful, you must each be loyal to the other, stand firm in your defense of each other, be supportive of one another's life goals and dreams, and carry each other through life's unexpected suffering, pain and strife. It is a solemn, binding, yet challenging relationship. The two of you are now joined in one unbroken circle.
Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness.
May you two find in each other the love for which all souls long.
To make your marriage work will take love.
Love should be the core of your marriage; love is the reason you are here.
But it also will take trust - to know in your hearts that you want the best for each other.
It will take faith to keep your promises.
To always be willing to go forward to tomorrow, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring.
And it will take commitment - to hold true to the journey you have both pledged to share together today. DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE & BREAKING OF THE GLASSReverend There are several reasons why it is customary for a glass to be broken at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. Symbolically, the breaking of the glass reminds us of the fragile nature of life. Just as a broken glass can never be made completely the same again, so will your lives be forever changed by your union. To symbolize the end of one journey and the beginning of another, Brett will break the glass. It is customary for the guests to wish the new couple well with a cheer of Mazel Tov once the glass is broken. (Reverend places covered glass on the floor.) Natalie & Brett, today you have promised each other your undying love and have exchanged rings to wear as a sign of your everlasting commitment to each other. Therefore, in accordance with the law of New Jersey, it is my joy and pleasure to declare that you are now husband and wife. Brett breaks the glass. Everyone: Mazel Tov. Brett, you may kiss your bride. Flowers are handed back to Natalie. INTRODUCTION OF COUPLEReverend Family and friends, the ceremony is over so let the celebration begin! But first, it is my honor and privilege to introduce to you for the first time as husband and wife! Congratulations! RECESSIONALMusic / Piano Music: Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder Bride & Groom exit, followed by Bridal party: Andrew & Jessica Jon & Nicole Jordan & Kristen Dov & Erinn Mike & Sarah Ryan & Mallory Jared & Beth Jason & Kelly Matt Adam Noah Parents/Family follow, then Rev. and Guests.




Nicole & Michael


PRELUDEMusic / DJ Chuck Russo Music played while guests are seated. Grandparents are pre-seated prior to start of ceremony. PROCESSIONALMusic / DJ Chuck Russo The Reverend and groom enter and take places in line-up. Groom's father (Andy) enters with his wife (Diana); they take seats on the right side. Groom's mother (Sharon) enters with Mike's Uncle George; they takes seats on the right side. Bride's parents (Wayne & Donna) enter; she takes her seat in the front row left side and Wayne returns to escort Bride. The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen enter in this order and take their places in the line-up: Mark and Molly (furthest) Matt and Marisa Marek and Deanna Mike P. and Jenn Derek and Michelle Music changes. Reverend: Please stand. Bride enters, escorted by her father (Wayne) and proceeds to front row where Reverend, Groom greet them. Bride's mother (Donna) stands for question. The following question is asked by the Reverend: Who gives this bride, Nicole, to be married to this groom, Michael? Parents respond: "We do." Wayne lifts Nicole's veil and both parents kiss her. Wayne shakes Michael's hand and Michael kisses Donna. Flowers handed to Michelle and couple is brought together for the start of the ceremony. GREETINGReverend Good afternoon, family and friends.
Welcome to the beautiful Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn!
We have come here today to celebrate the marriage of Nicole and Michael.
Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection.
By making this commitment today, Nicole and Michael's relationship
will become stronger, better, and deeper.
Today, they demonstrate their devotion to each other by dedicating themselves to a life together.
And they show their respect for each other by setting forth to honor their vows.
Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one. OPENING PRAYERReverend Let us pray: God, grant that the love which unites Nicole and Michael may grow in abiding happiness.
May their relationship continue to grow in the years to come.
May there be peace in their home, quietness and confidence in their hearts.
And whatever changes time may bring, let today's wedding ceremony remain as a treasured memory and a guide to life for Nicole and Michael. Amen. Please be seated. RECOGNITION OF FRIENDS & FAMILIES/REMEMBERANCEReverend On behalf of Nicole and Michael, thank you for joining them today.
They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy on this special day.
They will long remember this time of celebration, and are thankful that all of you, their family and friends, are here to share in their happiness.
By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other. We also know that some very special loved ones are not with us here today.
And yet, we remember them still and invoke their memory and their spirit to share in the happiness and joy of this moment...
The invocation of their names brings fond and cherished memories of a time past, yet ever present in our minds...and ever cherished in our hearts... Especially remembered are: Nicole's Popi Thomas, Grandma & Grandpa, Madeleine & Dominick, Aunt Sis, and Uncle Robert; And, of course, Mike's beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Speckles (a/k/a Brother Spur). We will remember them always and we know that they are celebrating with us in spirit. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PARENTS/PRESENTATION OF ROSES TO MOTHERSReverend & Couple As Nicole and Michael come before us to be married, they wish to acknowledge and thank their parents & families for the endless love and support that they have given them throughout their years and for all that they have done in bringing them to this incredible moment.
You have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts. Without you, this day would not be possible. At this time they would like to present a token of their love to some incredible women: their Mothers, Donna and Sharon, Mike's stepmother, Diana, their grandmothers, Helen and Lorraine and Nicole's Godmother, her Aunt Pat. (Couple presents roses) Among the many things that giving roses symbolizes, perhaps the most important is eternal love. PERSONAL LOVE STORYReverend I'd like to now share with you what led to this very special day... And, in fairness to Nicole, the story was written from her groom's perspective. On a fall night, when AOL Instant Messenger was still all the rave, Nicole took a dare from her sister, Michelle, and sent an IM to Michael asking for a ride home from TCNJ, where they were attending college, the following day. Confirming with his brother, Derek, that this was indeed a good idea, Michael IM'd Nicole to say it wouldn't be a problem and he could bring her home. That next day, Nicole discovered early on how great a navigator Michael was, since it only took him three and a half trips up and down the parking garage to find the black dragon a/ka/ Mike's old car, may it rest in peace. Nevertheless, Michael did make it to Nicole's house, and all was well. The holiday break came and went, and Michael decided to ask Nicole if she'd like to join him for a few games at Curtis Lanes. Nicole could never pass up on a challenge of any sort whether it be bowling or just simply a Jellybean Guessing Contest. So, no surprise, the answer was "yes". Michael put on his fresh new jeans that Derek had given him as part of his new wardrobe, and he was off to bowl with Nicole. The games were, well, close-ish and it would be years until Michael found out just how mad Nicole was that she did not walk away victorious. Later that night, on their walk back to T-Dubbs, Nicole took to the frozen college ground and began to show off her triple axel. Michael was not used to hanging out with a girl with such spunk and spontaneity… well he wasn't really used to hanging out with girls in general… but this was "new jeans Mike," he thought to himself. They arrived back at Nicole's dorm with a pint each of Ben and Jerry's only to find out that there was a TCNJ rager about to go down, and Nicole's roommate and friends would be in attendance. One by one, young, beautiful freshman girls entered Nicole's dorm room, as if Nicole wasn't young and beautiful enough. Suddenly, "new jeans Mike" quickly turned back into "swooshy pants Mike." Now some things are very difficult to explain, like quantum physics, but it's nearly impossible to explain what went through Michael's head that made him choose studying for a test two weeks away over partying with Ben, Jerry and a roomful of college cuties that night. After that recap, and Mike choosing studying over time with Nicole, some of you could be wondering how it is that they are even standing before us today, moments away from marriage, but their quirks - which all of your are probably very aware of and used to - proved to be a force to be reckoned with when it came to a loving relationship. Seven sweet 16 anniversaries later, and three trips to the ER behind them, Nicole and Michael know they are not attached at the hip, and certainly not the shoulder, but most definitely at the heart. WORDS ABOUT MARRIAGEReverend Nicole and Michael, you both know you have developed a deep love and respect for each other and have already proven this is true over the past seven years of your relationship.
But it never hurts to be reminded of why two people fell in love in the first place and continue to fall in love with each other again and again.
As you walk through life together, remember that you are unique and different from one another. Give your love openly and honestly.
Do not try to change each other, it is your differences that brought you together. Always accept and respect what the other has to say.
Even if you do not agree, take time to enjoy each day.
And remember that each day is a new beginning.
In marriage, walk the path together, side by side, whenever possible.
Hold each other when it is cold,
and if the air becomes too close, make a little space so each can breathe.
When the path is narrow, pick one to go first.
Be willing to follow and never be afraid to lead.
Trust your partner and trust yourself - for a marriage is a journey that leads to greater love.
This real love says you are stronger together than when you are apart. READING #1Michelle Nicole and Michael have asked her sister, Michelle to share a reading with us. It's an "Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever" by Richard Bach. Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever
Richard Bach A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.
When we feel safe enough to open the locks,
our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are;
we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be.
Each unveils the best part of the other.
No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise.
Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction.
When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person.
Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. INTRO TO WEDDING VOWSReverend You are about to exchange your vows.
These vows are an expression of the promises you have chosen to make to each other.
Marriage is the uniting of two people and a journey towards the unity of two hearts. The vows you share will thrive on the love that you have for each other
and your marriage will grow deeper as each of you grows older. WEDDING VOWSReverend/Couple Please join hands and repeat after me your wedding vows. Michael to Nicole: Nicole, I take you to be my best friend,
My faithful partner, and my one true love.
I promise to encourage and inspire you
and to love you truly
through good times and bad.
I will forever be there to laugh with you,
to lift you up when you are down
and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together. Nicole to Michael: Michael, I take you to be my best friend,
My faithful partner, and my one true love.
I promise to encourage and inspire you
and to love you truly
through good times and bad.
I will forever be there to laugh with you,
to lift you up when you are down
and to love you unconditionally
through all of our adventures in life together. TREE PLANTING CEREMONYReverend/Couple Nicole and Michael will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become part of each other's family today. Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change. Ask couple to take their carafes and pour the soil. Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree. Let it grow tall and strong.
Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed.
Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you'll be planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. READING #2Derek Mike's brother, Derek, will now read the Apache Marriage Blessing. Apache Marriage Blessing Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth. INTRO TO RING VOWSReverend The circle is the embodiment of the infinite, of timelessness; representing wholeness and homecoming; completion with renewal. These wedding rings also symbolize the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all your union in marriage. As often as either of you look upon these rings you are about to exchange, may you be reminded of this moment and the love that you have promised to one another. Mike choose this line from a favorite movie. Tell him later if you know the name of the movie. Derek & Mike, "My dear best men, let me lift these heavy burdens and bestow them to their rightful bearers." Best Men hand rings to Reverend. GIVING & RECEIVING OF THE RINGSReverend & Couple Michael, please repeat after me. Nicole, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
and my choice to share
my life and dreams with you.
With all that I am
and all that I have,
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
all the days of my life. Nicole, please repeat after me. Michael, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
and my choice to share
my life and dreams with you.
With all that I am
and all that I have, I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
all the days of my life. REVEREND'S BEST WISHESReverend Nicole and Michael, before I declare you husband and wife,
I want to wish you both much love and happiness as you begin your new journey together.
Remember to keep lots of laughter in your life and love will never be far behind. May all that you are, always be in love.
May all that is love, always be in you.
May your love be as beautiful on each day you share, as it is on this day of celebration.
And may each day you share be as precious to you
as the day you first fell in love more than 7 years ago.
May you always see and encourage the best in each other.
May the challenges life brings your way make your marriage even stronger,
and may you always be each other's best friend and greatest love DECLARATION OF MARRIAGEReverend Nicole and Michael, what you have said before this gathering of family and friends, let it be true and valid for the rest of your lives. Before these witnesses, you have promised each other your undying love and have exchanged rings to wear as a sign of your everlasting commitment to each other. Therefore, in accordance with the law of New Jersey, and by virtue of the authority vested in me, it is truly my joy and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Michael, you may kiss your beautiful bride. (Kiss and applause) Flowers handed back to Nicole. INTRODUCTION OF COUPLEReverend It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, for the first time in their new relationship as husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Nicole. Congratulations! RECESSIONALMusic / DJ Chuck Russo Couple exits down the aisle followed by the bridal party: Derek and Michelle Mike P. and Jenn Marek and Deanna Matt and Marisa Mark and Molly Parents/Family follow behind, then Reverend and guests.




Wendy & Michael


PRELUDEMusic / Ceremonious Strings Music played while guests are being seated. PROCESSIONALMusic / Ceremonious Strings The Reverend, Groom, Best Man (Mark) and Groomsmen enter from side door of barn first and take their places in the line–up. Groomsmen enter in this order: Sean (joins line–up after escorting Doreen, Mother of the Bride) Art Mike Chris Groom’s grandmother (Pam) enters with her husband (Joe); they proceed to their seats in front row/right side. Groom’s parents (Dave & Suzanne) enter; they proceed to their seats in front row/right side. Bride’s mother (Doreen) enters with GM Sean; they proceed to her seat in the front row/left side. Sean joins the line–up next to between Mark & Art. Bridesmaids enter in this order: Michelle (furthest from Bride) Kate Steph Olivia Maid of Honor (Amy) enters and proceeds to the line–up. Music changes. The Bride and her father (John) enter and proceed to front row where Reverend and Groom greet them Reverend asks the following question: “Who gives this Bride, Wendy, to be married to this Groom, Michael?” Dad responds “Her mother and I do.” He lifts Wendy’s veil and kisses her then shakes Mike’s hand before taking his seat in the front row/left side next to Doreen. Flowers handed to Amy. GREETINGReverend Welcome! Good afternoon family and friends. We are here to honor a very special couple in their journey of love & marriage. Wendy & Michael, in their respect and love for each other, wish to unite in the bond of marriage and to dedicate themselves to each other’s happiness as husband and wife. Today, their lives, which began on separate paths, will be joined as one. Please be seated. RECOGNITION OF FRIENDS & FAMILYReverend On behalf of Wendy & Mike, thank you for joining them. They are delighted that you have come to share in their joy on this special day. By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other. And you support their decision to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship. In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and in doing so, each of us receives the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift. But even as that gift is shared by two people who are in love, it also touches the friends and family members who in various ways support and contribute to the relationship. This is why gathering as a community is such an important part of a wedding celebration. REMEMBRANCEReverend We also know that some very special loved ones are not with us here today. And yet, we remember them still and invoke their memory and their spirit to share in the happiness and joy of this moment. They are our grandparents, family members and friends, some from the present and some from the past. We especially remember Wendy’s grandparents, Dorothy, Charles & Muriel and her Uncle Mike, and Mike’s grandparents Phil & Gert. A special seat in the barn is left empty today in honor of their memory. Although these loved ones are not physically with us, we know that they are celebrating with us in spirit. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/THANKS TO PARENTSReverend Today represents not only the joining of Wendy and Mike but also the joining of their families. Wendy and Mike would like to recognize their parents on this occasion. They offer their deepest gratitude to their parents for the unconditional gifts of love and support that they have continually offered. You have inspired them to become who they are today and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts. PRESENTATION OF ROSES TO MOTHERSReverend, Couple & Mothers As Wendy and Mike come before us to be married, they wish to acknowledge and honor their families by presenting each of their mother’s with a rose symbolizing their deep love and appreciation for all they have done for them throughout their lives. Couple presents roses to Mothers. Among the many things that giving roses symbolizes, perhaps the most important is eternal love. INTRODUCTION TO WARMING OF THE RINGSReverend Wendy & Mike are excited to share their wedding day with you, their family and friends, and thank each of you for making the journey here to be with them. Later on in this ceremony Wendy and Mike will exchange rings. These rings are visible signs of their love and commitment to one another. During the ceremony they invite all of you to take part in the warming of the rings.
They ask that each guest holds the rings for a moment as they make their way through the barn, warm them with your love and make a silent wish for the couple and their future together.
When these rings are finally placed on Wendy and Mike’s fingers, they will contain in their precious metal, that which is more precious and priceless—your love, hope and pledge of support for their union. Reverend asks Mark to begin passing the ring dish. READING # 1Aunt Trina Wendy & Mike have chosen family members to be a special part of their ceremony today. The first reading will be given by Wendy’s Aunt Trina and is titled, “This Perfect Moment, An Aunt’s Tribute.” [Reading to be provided by Trina.] INVOCATIONReverend Wendy & Mike, you have chosen this day to stand before these witnesses to take each other as husband and wife. You both know you’ve developed a deep love and respect for each other and have proven this true over the past few years you’ve been together. Deep knowledge of another is not something that can be achieved in a short time and real understanding of the other’s feelings can develop fully only with years of intimacy. This ceremony today symbolizes the intimate sharing of your two lives. As you have from the beginning of your relationship, you must continue to bond closer together each and every day. You must continue to grow in mutual respect for one another, continue to work at your relationship, and deeply care for one another, not only through the happy times of life but those difficult and hard times, as well. When you find someone who can completely turn your world around
you share your hopes for the future and dreams that may or may not come true.
He or she builds you up and shows you the things about yourself that make you special.
Colors are brighter, happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, and commitment is stronger.
The thought of this special person brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. You open your heart, and experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile; and your only hope and security is in knowing that this person is a part of it. Wendy and Mike, I know I speak for everyone here when I say we’re happy you found this special person in each other. READING # 2Uncle Bill I’d like to invite Wendy’s Godfather Uncle Bill to share the second reading with us entitled, “All You Need is Love…and a Little More.” [Reading to be provided by Bill.] INTRO TO WEDDING VOWSReverend & Couple You are about to make promises to one another. These vows are words representing your intentions. As you live by these vows over the years, investing your time and love, and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will become twice as joyous because there will always be someone to share those joys with in marriage. EXCHANGE OF WEDDING VOWSReverend & Couple Wendy & Mike will exchange their personal vows with each other. Couple’s vow books will be on table. Please join hands as you now share your vows with one another. Mike, please repeat after me. I, Michael, take you Wendy to be my wedded wife.
To have and to hold from this day forward.
For better, for worse.
For richer, for poorer.
In sickness and in health.
To love and to cherish
all the days of my life. Wendy, please repeat after me. I, Wendy take you Michael to be my wedded husband.
To have and to hold from this day forward.
For better, for worse.
For richer, for poorer.
In sickness and in health.
To love and to cherish
all the days of my life. GIVING & RECEIVING OF THE RINGSReverend & Couple And so we come to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love. Reverend asks whichever guest has the rings to hand them to Mark who hands them to Reverend. The rings, now warmed by those you love the most, will forever show the world you are one, and they will carry with them the eternal love and blessing of your family and friends. Your wedding rings say you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the union you are now creating. Mike, please repeat after me. Wendy, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
and my choice to share
my life and dreams with you.
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow and forever. Wendy, please repeat after me. Mike, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love and devotion,
and my choice to share
my life and dreams with you.
I give you this ring,
with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow and forever. BLESSING OF THE HANDSGrandma Pam & Joe Mike’s grandparents, Pamela and Joe will read The Blessing of the Hands. [They wrap the handfasting ribbon around couple’s hands first.] Blessing of the Hands These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
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 care for you throughout the years.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind and, with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children and help keep your family together as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you struggle and support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. DECLARATION OF MARRIAGEReverend Before I pronounce you husband and wife, there is one final moment I want you to share. Your wedding day is one that seems to fly. A day filled with emotions, family, friends, dances. Many people remember how fleeting their own wedding day was. In fact, it may seem to you that this ceremony happened in the blink of an eye. So join hands and I want you to take a few seconds to look into each other’s eyes again. Think about the happiness that you’re feeling in this moment and in this beautiful place. Let that feeling register in your mind and your heart. Then, imagine your life together in twenty years.
Where you might be?
What you might be doing?
We all know that our visions of the future are not identical, but always complementary. Finally, as John Lennon once said: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together, that is reality.” And for Wendy and Mike, that reality starts now. You have shared this moment and these promises with your family and friends, as a symbol of deeply loving each other. By the act of joining hands and exchanging rings, you take to yourself the relation of husband and wife. Therefore, in accordance with the law of New Jersey, it is truly my joy and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Mike, you may kiss your beautiful Bride. Flowers handed back to Wendy. INTRODUCTION OF COUPLEReverend Friends & family, the ceremony is over and the celebration can begin.
But first, it is my privilege to present to you for the first time in their new relationship as husband and wife – Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Wendy. RECESSIONALMusic / Ceremonious Strings Wendy & Mike exit first, followed by bridal party in this order: Mark escorting Amy Sean escorting Olivia Art escorting Steph Mike escorting Kate Chris escorting Michelle Then, Parents/Grandmother, Reverend and guests.





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