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Heath & Janet January 28, 2012 Kennewick Red Lion Ceremony officiated by Rev. Stacey Miles Photo by Breshears Photography Opening Words Love endures the pressures of change and growth, and love nourishes the lives it touches. Love is the natural, beautiful force that gives our lives meaning. Love enshrines and ennobles our life experiences. It is the basis for the peace, of family, all humanity, and the greatest gift bestowed upon anyone of us. Love is endlessly amazing when two persons discover everlasting love in one another. Janet and Heath have found this force, this love, and we, their friends and family who have shared in their lives, have come together to witness and celebrate as they declare to the world, ‘I have found the one.’ Heath and Janet, this ceremony is the public and legal joining of your lives, a declaration of your choice to stand together through calm and rage as husband and wife. With proper care and dedication, trust and acceptance, your marriage will allow you a new environment to build your lives together, to bravely face life and the world, side by side, hand-in-hand. This union will expand you as individuals, define you as a couple, and deepen your love for one another. I ask you each to close your eyes, and answer my questions only if your intent is pure and true: Heath, do you promise to stand by Janet’s side in both times of loss as well as times of gain? Will you forever trust, respect and celebrate her? Will you grow with her, unselfishly encouraging and appreciating? Do you pledge your fidelity and love to her for so long as you both shall live? Do you take her to be your lawfully wedded wife? Janet, do you promise to stand by Heath’s side both good times and in bad? Will you forever be nurturing and supporting? Will you laugh, play and enjoy the simple pleasures with him? Do you pledge your fidelity and love for so long as you both shall live? Do you take Heath to be your lawfully wedded husband? Please open your eyes, and look anew upon each other, just as you will each and every day for the rest of your lives. (MOH reading) Exchange of Vows Heath and Janet, the vows you are about to exchange aren’t magical words that will make your marriage endure with beauty, fidelity and joy. With understanding you must pull the resources from deep within yourselves each and every day to make this marriage last, please say your vows to one another: Heath: You are my once-in-a-lifetime, my miracle. May our lives intermingle and our love grow as we become one. You are all I could ever need in my life, my friend, my lover, my everything. I promise to be faithful to you, to love you, honor you, live with you and cherish you, in the holy bond of marriage. Janet: I, Janet, take you Heath, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you, I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully, through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep.
 Ring Exchange Heath and Janet, the rings you are about to exchange are symbols of your eternal love. The ring has long been a symbol of the sincerity and permanence of a couple's love for one another and regard for their marriage. Your life together will not always be calm and easy, but remember, just as a circle can begin anew at any point, a good marriage can pick any point to renew itself. Heath, please place this ring on your beloved’s finger, and repeat after me, Take this ring as a seal upon the marriage vows I have spoken, and as you wear it,  may it be a reminder of how much I love you, not only on this precious day, but every single day of your life. Janet, please place this ring on your beloved’s finger, and repeat after me, Take this ring as a seal upon the marriage vows I have spoken, and as you wear it,  may it be a reminder of how much I love you, not only on this precious day, but every single day of your life.   Sand Ceremony Heath and Janet, from this moment forth, your lives will no longer be two, but one. You have chosen to symbolize this joining. If you will please join me at the table for a Sand Ceremony.  The sand in each individual container represents all that you were, all that you are, and all that you ever will be. When you pour the sand into the third container, the sand will forever be inseparable, just as the union of your hearts, your souls, your lives.    Honoring the Mothers Before I allow Heath to kiss his bride, I would like Ruth and Dani, to come forward and stand by your children. (Mothers come to stand). Being a parent is a never ending sweetness, and the most difficult task a person can endure. No matter how old, how wise, how many lessons learned, a mother always wishes the greatest love, has the greatest hopes, and biggest dreams for her child. Today those dreams have come true. Ruth and Dani have raised two wonderful, talented, beautiful children into young adults, and each mother has the honor of welcoming another child into their family. As these mothers brought Heath and Janet into the world, offered them their first kisses and taught them love, together with their blessings, Ruth and Dani will be first to send them on their way to their new life together as wife and husband with a mother’s kiss. (Kisses exchanged)   Blessing of the Marriage If we may all bow our heads for a blessing for this marriage. May that glory which rests on all who love, rest upon Heath and Janet. May love bless them and keep them, and fill them with happiness and a gracious spirit. Despite all changes of time and fortune, may all that is noble and lovely and true abound in their hearts and abide with you, and give them strength in all their days together. Amen. Declaration of Marriage What love has brought together, let no one break asunder. For as much as you, Heath and Janet, have consented to live together in marriage and have pledged yourselves to one another, have declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings, it is with great pleasure and by the authority vested in me, to hereby pronounce you husband and wife. Kiss & Introduction Heath, you may kiss your bride! Friends and family, I present to you Mr. & Mrs...

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