S: Ryan & Genevieve May 1, 2010
FC: THE MARRIAGE OF | & | RYAN & GENEVIEVE | May 1st, 2010
27: The Wedding Song We are now to be among you at the calling of your hearts Rest assured this troubador is acting on our part. The union of your spirits, here, has caused us to remain For whenever two or more of you are gathered in our name There is Love. There is Love. Well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home And they shall travel on to where the two shall be as one. As it was in the beginning is now and until the end Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again. And there is Love. There is Love. Well then what's to be the reason for becoming man and wife? Is it Love that brings you here or Love that brings you life? Or if loving is the answer, then who's the giving for? Do you believe in something that you've never seen before? Oh there's Love, there is Love. Oh the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name There is Love. Oh there's Love.
30: Ryan, on behalf of the Bucher family, we welcome you with all of our hearts and bless this marriage.
31: Mary and Terry, in September of 1971, you stood in a place like this and made a covenant with each other. You began a new life together, and part of the family you have created stands here between you now—this man you call son. | I know the pride you take in him, and the love and respect you have for him he also feels for you. No small part of the reason Genevieve chooses him for her husband is all that you have given to his life from birth unto this day.
32: You have known each other for three years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment. Last May, in Queen Eizabeth Park, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes until this moment of yes, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held riding your bikes or over a meal or on a long walk—all of those sentences that began with “when we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”—those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”—and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of wedding. The symbolic vows you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “you know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word.” Before this moment you have been many things to one another—colleague, companion, lover and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in the last three years. Now you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows you shall say to the world: This is my husband. This is my wife.
34: Genevieve, today I take you to be my wife. Together we will create a home, becoming a part of one another. I vow to help create a life that we can cherish, inspiring your love for me and mine for you. I vow to be honest, caring and truthful, to communicate with you always, and to grow old by your side as your true love and best friend. I will be worthy of your trust; sharing my life openly with you and speaking the truth to you with love. I will value your individuality; being mindful that your strengths are different from mine and that we compliment one another through these differences. I will care for you with tenderness; holding your health and happiness as treasures. I make these promises to you for our life together.
35: With this ring, I bind my life to yours
38: Two people in love do not live in isolation. Their love is a source of strength with which they nourish each other but also the world around them.
39: And in turn, we, their community of friends and family, have a responsibility to this couple. By our steadfast care, respect, and love, we can support their marriage and the new family they are creating today.