Joel & Amanda Married 03-15-14

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Walter Clore Center, Prosser, WA

The Ceremony, officiated by Rev. Stacey K. Miles:

Welcome, family, friends and loved ones. We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Joel and Amanda. We share in this commitment they make to one another, offer our love and support, so they may start their married life surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them.

Joel, Amanda, the step which you are about to take is the most important into which human beings can take. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection. Your lives will change, your responsibilities will increase, but your joy will be multiplied if you are sincere and earnest with your pledge to one another.

So I ask each of you now,

Joel do you take Amanda to be your lawfully wedded wife?

Amanda do you take Joel to be your lawfully wedded husband?

I would like to share a reading titled, “You and I are Connected” Author Unknown, that speaks of the connection the two of you share, a connection that brought you here today to become husband and wife:

“You and I are connected in a way that goes beyond romance, beyond friendship, beyond what we’ve ever had before.

It has defied time, distance, and changes in ourselves and in our lives. It has defied every explanation.

Except one: Pure and simply, we’re soul mates.

I can’t explain, I just feel it. It’s there in the way my spirits lift whenever we talk. The sound of your voice brings me home, in a way I can’t explain. It’s in the delight I feel, when we laugh at exactly the same things.

When I’m with you, it’s like a tiny piece of the universe shifts into place. A place it’s supposed to be, and all is right with the world.

These things and so many more, have made me understand that this is a once in a lifetime, forever connection. A connection that could only exist between you and me.

And deep in my soul, I know that our relationship is a rare gift. One that brings us extraordinary happiness all through our lives.”

Joel, if you are ready for this life of extraordinary happiness, I ask you to  please repeat your vows to Amanda after me,

Amanda, I promise to love, honor and protect you. I will share the good times and achievements, as well as the hard times and disappointments. I will keep you in sickness and in sorrow, in health and in happiness. I will be faithful to you forevermore.

Amanda, if you are ready for this life of extraordinary happiness, I ask you to  please repeat your vows to Joel after me,

“Joel, I promise to love, honor and protect you. I will share the good times and achievements, as well as the hard times and disappointments. I will keep you in sickness and in sorrow, in health and in happiness. I will be faithful to you forevermore.

Joel, do you have a ring for your bride? Place this ring on Amanda’s finger and say: ‘With this ring I thee wed.’

Amanda, do you have a ring for your groom? Place this ring on Joel’s finger and say: ‘With this ring I thee wed.’

These eternal bands have been given and received as a token of your affection, sincerity and fidelity to one another. Let them be a daily reminder of your love and your promise to one another.

This box contains a bottle of wine and two glasses. You have each written a love letter to the other. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and you have not seen what the other has written. Keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other. Agree on an anniversary to open the box, or if there comes a time of hardship in your marriage, and share the wine and read each other’s letters, and allow yourselves to remember all the love and happiness you feel on this day. If you will each put your letters in the box and seal it.

Joel, Amanda, from this moment forth I ask you both to remember these vows, this commitment, the meaning of the rings you now wear. Remember to always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know your fullness. Want one another, but not out of lack. Love and be loved.

And do, by the power of your love and commitment and the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife! Joel, you may kiss your bride

Friends and family, I present to you for the first time, Mr. & Mrs…!