Joe & Samantha Married 06-01-2013

Rev. Stacey K. Miles officiating

Memories At Sunset, Richland, WA

Photography by Emerald Photography

Photo by Emerald Photography

The Ceremony:
We are gathered here today to witness Joe and Samantha join their lives as husband and wife. We celebrate their love and commitment and give our support to their married life together. By gathering together all the wishes of happiness and our fondest hopes for Joe and Samantha, we assure them that our hearts are in tune with theirs.
Marriage joins two persons in heart, body and mind. It supports in time of prosperity and adversity, provides a stable and loving environment, provides a future of stability, allows for dreams of goals, and furthers the bonds never before shared so deeply.
Joe and Samantha, you stand together with beauty and love in your hearts, ready to commitment a lifetime of love, caring and support to one another. You have freely come with intent to face your disappointments, embrace your uniqueness, realize your hopes, and accept each other’s failures throughout your lives together.
If it is your promise to joined together by the love that exists between you, I ask each of you now,
Joe, do you take Samantha to be your wife?
Do you Samantha take Joe to be your husband?
Reading by a friend:
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”
Joe, Samantha, your roots indeed have entwined, and today each of you is stands stronger for the love you share. You will continue your growth as individuals, and with mutual care, respect, responsibility and knowledge will come 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.
Joe, Samantha may have been a bit oblivious the first few times you tried to ask her to marry you, but the timing was finally right, and she said she would become your wife. If you are truly ready to become her husband, her partner, her fortunate accident, please say your vow to Samantha after me,
I Joe, take you, Samantha to be my wife and my constant friend. I will work to create a bond of honesty, respect, and trust that grows along with us. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are, both separately and together. I promise to challenge you, and to accept challenges from you. I will join with you and our community to create a better world, where love and friendship will be recognized and celebrated in all their many forms. Above all, I will give you my love. I pledge this to you from the bottom of my heart, from this day forward.
Joe, do you have a ring for your bride? Please place this ring on Samantha’s finger, and repeat after me: I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity. With this ring, I thee wed.
Samantha, you and Joe have discussed married life together, experienced the true meaning of commitment, and vowed to work through problems instead of running away.  If you are truly ready to become his wife, his partner, his fortunate accident, please say your vow to Joe after me,
I Samantha, take you, Joe to be my husband and my constant friend. I will work to create a bond of honesty, respect, and trust that grows along with us. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are, both separately and together. I promise to challenge you, and to accept challenges from you. I will join with you and our community to create a better world, where love and friendship will be recognized and celebrated in all their many forms. Above all, I will give you my love. I pledge this to you from the bottom of my heart, from this day forward.
Samantha, do you have a ring for your groom? Please place this ring on Joe’s finger, and repeat after me: I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity. With this ring, I thee wed.
Joe and Samantha, I would like to explain the width of your love, but there isn’t a unit of measure to be found, and the only experiment I could use to measure your love for one another is called life, and you have that in front of you. I could say you will love one another until the end of the universe, and I know we would all like to see that, but it is beyond even love to take you there. I can’t promise you the moon and the stars in your marriage, for they are not mine to give. But you can still enjoy their presence, and their beauty and what else the universe offers.
This wonderful, spectacular universe where stars explode, matter is mostly empty space, life develops spontaneously, and where you had the luck to meet one another. Your marriage will be an act of metamorphosis, a profound mystery of creation and rebirth. It is a process in which each of you will be challenged to discover new possibilities.
The lives the two of you have lived up until this moment are, in some sense, completed. Together you now will live within the creation of something wholly new and transcendent, something which has never existed before, a precious, sacred, and truly unique bond of marriage. Through rising suns, and darkening stars, through peaceful times, and troubled days, through smiles and through sadness you will go into your future as husband and wife,  committed to one another.
And so, it is with great honor and by the authority vested in me to pronounce you husband and wife and best friends for life!  Joe, you may now kiss your bride!  Friends & family, I present to you Mr. & Mrs…!

Photo by Emerald Photography