Colorado Wedding Ministers

We Do I Do For YOU!

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A Ceremony for two people in love…..

Opening

Please rise-

Thank you, please be seated.

Please turn and face each other, and hold each other’s hands.

Because these are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other all the days of your life.

As you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will work long hours and passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

 

We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the marriage of B. and H.. We are not here to mark the start of a relationship however; we are here to recognize a bond that already exists. B. and H. have spent the last several years together, so we have come together to bear witness to the bond that has grown between them. Today, they will affirm this bond formally and publicly. But this affirmation of love would be empty if they could not share it with their most beloved friends and family members. As Proust said, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” B. and H, hope that they can mark their transition to husband and wife not only by celebrating the love between themselves, but by also celebrating the love between all of us–including the love of their parents, siblings, extended family, and best friends. Without that love, today would be far less joyous. Thank you all for being here.

 

Introduction

Minister:

And what a truly special day today is! Only rarely do any of us take the time to travel far away to meet all of our closest friends and family for the sole purpose of celebrating.

We usually spend our time concerned with the routine of daily living. We wake up, go to work, eat lunch, and watch television. We worry, plan, work, drive. But for a few moments every so often, we get to experience something transcendent. When we witness pure beauty, we pause, amazed. We revel in the feeling, deep and beyond words, indisputable and timeless. It leaves us breathless and fulfilled and amazed. No matter how much we think of ourselves as rational, logical human beings, we have an irresistible drive to forget reason and simply feel something spiritual. Those are moments to be cherished. B. and H. experience that when they see the beauty of nature. In their eyes, there is something more than the trees and the meadows and the rocks; there is something deep, sacred, and more striking. When they witness the mountains together, it evokes awe and splendor. It is indescribable and immense. This is the same feeling that they discovered by falling in love with one another.

 

Charge to the Couple

Minister:

B. and H. for the past several years, you have built a strong foundation for your relationship based on honesty and respect. You have found joy in one another’s company, and you have become better, more fulfilled people because of your connection. You have been able to stay together through the varied challenges of your careers, families, friends, or even what life may has brought you, because of your shared values, humor, history, and unconditional love for one another. As long as you maintain these qualities, you will have a long and successful marriage.Give priority to the tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that you each deserve. Remember to write love notes, give each other massages, and kiss in the rain. Take time to feed ducks at the park and take walks together. Share your passions, and discover life’s deeper questions. Pursue new experiences, grow together, and most importantly, laugh often. There will be difficulties ahead, but if you face them as a couple, with a strong sense of love, perspective, and mutual support, you will not only survive, but thrive.

A brief moment in time and the stroke of a pen are all that is required to create the legal bond of marriage, but it takes a lifetime of love, commitment, and laughter to make a marriage durable and eternal. The process of marriage does not begin or end today; it is a lifelong pursuit. Your relationship already has all of the necessary components for success, but you must to maintain that from here forward by remembering what is important in your relationship and why you are making this commitment to one another today. Beau and Heather as long as you are both respectful of each other, you will make it through the numerous changes and chapters that your lives will take. As long as you honor the promises that you will make to each other today, you will create a life of love and happiness.

 

Vows:

Minister:

Today do you both come here freely and with without reservations?

B. and H.:

We do

 

Minister to B.:

B., do you take H. to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

 

B.:

I do

At this time B. will read his personal vows to H.

 

Minister to H.:

H., do you take B. to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

H.

I do

At this H. will read her personal vows to B.

 

Rings

Then t is time to exchange rings. Wedding rings are a tangible symbol of the vows that you have just made to each other. Wear them every day to remind yourselves of the promises that you have made. In addition, realize that when you place the wedding rings on each other’s fingers, you are releasing the past, bringing only those memories, desires, and hopes which will belong to each other into your future life together.

 

Minister to B.:

Please place the ring on H.’s finger and repeat after me-

B.:

With this ring I thee wed and with it I bestow all of the treasures of my mind, heart and hands. With this ring I pledge my love and life to you.

 

Minister to H.:

Please place the ring on B's finger and repeat after me-

With this ring I thee wed and with it I bestow all of the treasures of my mind, heart and hands. With this ring I pledge my love and life to you.

 

​Tree Ceremony

Life is full of many such actions that speak to us of a deeper meaning that we cannot always put into words. Today we are using ancient symbols in this wedding service- the bearing of flowers, the clasping of hands, the exchange of rings, the promise of a kiss. By such things you act instead of speak in regard to your promises...

And today is a day of promises, happiness, joyfulness, and celebration.

At this time, B. and H. would like you to witness an untraditional tradition. The fact that it is untraditional is probably why it appeals to them so much.

B. could you please escort H. forward.

Thank you.

B. and H. 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 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. Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. 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 are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment.

 

B. and H., would you please plant your passion flower.

Let your relationship, your love and passion for each other be like this flower you plant
today. Let it grow tall and strong. And just like the flower you are planting, marriage requires constant
nurturing and nourishment.

B. and H., would you please water your passion flower?
Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love.
This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential - just like this flower.Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, and through a combination of serendipity and effort, imperfect beings shape it into something extraordinary. It’s the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all. As you look at  over this flower and your selves over the years, I hope you remember that. You’ve created something invaluable, and just as I know you’ll protect this passion flower, I’m confident you’ll protect the commitments you’ve made to one other today.

 

And for the moment that we have all been waiting for!

Wait for it, wait for it-

Ok- you may kiss your bride!

 

Declaration of Marriage

By the power vested in me by the great State of Colorado, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss! Family and friends, I present to you for the first time Mr. and Mrs. B. and H. S

An Elopement at Evans Chapel


Marriage is the union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind. It is intended for their mutual joy – and for the help and comfort given on another in prosperity and adversity. But more importantly – it is a means through which a stable and loving environment may be attained.

Through marriage, T. W. and J. W. make a commitment together to face their disappointments – embrace their dreams – realize their hopes – and accept each other’s failures. T. and J. will promise one another to aspire to these ideals throughout their lives together – through mutual understanding – openness – and sensitivity to each other.

We are here today – before God – because marriage is one of His most sacred wishes – to witness the joining in marriage of T. and J. This occasion marks the celebration of love and commitment with which this man and this woman begin their life together. And now – through me – He joins you together in one of the holiest bonds.


K:

This is a beginning and a continuation of their growth as individuals. With mutual care, respect, responsibility and knowledge comes the affirmation of each one’s own life happiness, growth and freedom. With respect for individual boundaries comes the freedom to love unconditionally. Within the emotional safety of a loving relationship – the knowledge self-offered one another becomes the fertile soil for continued growth. With care and responsibility towards self and one another comes the potential for full and happy lives.

By gathering together all the wishes of happiness and our fondest hopes for T. and J. from all present here, we assure them that our hearts are in tune with theirs. These moments are so meaningful to all of us, for “what greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together – to strengthen each other in all labor – to minister to each other in all sorrow – to share with each other in all gladness.

This relationship stands for love, loyalty, honesty and trust, but most of all for friendship. Before they knew love, they were friends, and it was from this seed of friendship that is their destiny. Do not think that you can direct the course of love – for love, if it finds you worthy, shall direct you.

 

Ladies at the Flemming Mansion

We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the marriage of L. W. and J. H.  Today is a celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who are in it together forever.  We are not here to mark the start of a relationship.  We are here to recognize a bond that already exists.  L.. and J. have been together almost nine years, so we have come together to bear witness to the bond that has grown between them.  Today, they will affirm this bond formally and publicly and they would like to share this affirmation of love with their friends and family.  L. and J. hope that they can mark their union not only by celebrating the love between themselves, but by also celebrating the love between all here today.  Up to this point their love has been nurtured privately.  In many ways, that deepest connection is private and between them alone, but today, the promise of that bond is made public.

 

So when L. and J. thought of gathering people together, they wanted to see not only the faces of the individuals they have loved over the course of their lives, they wanted to put you together, shoulder to shoulder to form a whole – a single solid entity – a group that will witness the declaration of their union.  They believe that the strength of this group will reinforce and protect their private union.  And in return, they have a promise for you.  They promise to do their part to nurture long standing relationships and forge new connections between those gathered here.

 

L.. and J. for almost nine years, you have built a strong foundation for your relationship based on honesty and respect.  You have found joy in one another’s company, and you have become better, more fulfilled people because of your connection.  You have been able to stay together through the varied challenges of life because of your shared values, humor, history, and unconditional love for one another.  As long as you maintain these qualities, you will have a long and successful marriage.