S: OUR WEDDING
FC: NICOLE MARIE DeHAAN | JARED MATHEW LARSON | 08 11 12 | EDEN PRAIRIE, MN
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4: THE BRIDE
6: Hair Design byKatie Overgaard & Chelsey Chaput
7: Her Big Day My daughter’s getting married, My mind is in a whirl, It doesn’t seem five minutes Since she was a little girl. She’s dressed in gleaming satin, A dream of pearls and lace, Transformed into a princess, Flushed excitement on her face. What happened to my baby, The toddler, then the child, That moody, awkward youngster, My teenager, sweet and wild? This elegant young woman, (Can life still be the same?) Her love’s gone to another, And she’s changing home and name. So grown up and so lovely, I feel I’ve lost her now, But must not be selfish, I’ll accept, I’ll cope somehow. But what’s this in the mirror? I see she’s near to tears, I’ll put my arm around her, Why! She’s full of doubt and fears. At last I’ve reassured her, And smiling at each other, I know my daughter will not change, I’ll always be her mother.
10: Something old, something new Something borrowed, something blue And a silver sixpence in her shoe. Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
12: THE GROOM
15: FATHER & SON
53: Donna DeHaan Mother of the Bride Jacob and Barbara DeHaan Grandparents of the Bride Katie Hiebert Maid of Honor Friend of the Bride Brooke Vatthauer Bridesmaid Brides Cousin Mariah Overgaard Flower Girl Brides Cousin Tyler DeHaan Usher Bride’s Brother Chelsey Chaput Reading 1 Bride’s Cousin Mr. Larry Clark Officiant, First District Judicial Judge | Robert & Deborah Larson Parents of the Groom James A Larson Grandfather of the Groom Jason Larson Best Man Groom’s Brother Jesse Larson Groomsman Groom’s Brother Jamie Cooper-Larson Ring Bearer Groom’s Son Trent Miller-Larson Usher Groom’s Son Katie Overgaard Reading 2 Bride’s Cousin
54: THE MAID OF HONOR
55: THE BEST MAN
74: I THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO FLICK TYLER! OH MAN, DAD JUST BUSTED ME!
77: "Auntie Nikky, Come back, you can't runaway? It is time to marry Uncle Jared!"
79: Processional Greeting Meaning of Marriage Foundations of Marriage Declaration of Intention Exchange of Vows Blessing and Exchange of Rings Uniting of Family Marriage Joins Two People Honor and Memorial Prayer Declaration of Marriage Blessing Recession
80: THE CEREMONY
84: Nicole and Jared, you are here today, in the presence of these witnesses, to join the generations of couples before you who have joined their lives in marriage. It is a truly remarkable thing that the two of you are here; about to take this exciting step together. Who could have predicted that little girl from Grand Forks and a farm boy from Jordan would find their way to each other and end up here today? As you enter into this new phase of your relationship, allow me to share with you some thoughts on the meaning of this commitment. Marriage is not only a statement of the love and affection you have for each other, it is also a contract recognized in law. It is a contract that must be founded upon mutual respect and a sense of reverence for one another. It is intended to last until terminated by death. Marriage is a relationship which imposes great legal and moral responsibilities, while at the same time providing great pleasures and immunities.
85: We wish for those feelings to stay with you for the rest of your lives. Your commitment to each other is that you have chosen to spend the rest of your lives together, through rough waters as well as calm seas; to share both the joys and the sorrows. Finally, let me say something about friendship. Friends accept each other as they are, rejoicing in both their strengths and their weaknesses. They forgive each others frailties and faults. If you can maintain your friendship, your love for each other will continue to blossom and grow. And so, Nicole and Jared, may these three things, Love, Commitment and Friendship, continue to sustain you throughout your lives together. | We often speak of the intimacy of marriage and the joining of two into one. But that does not /mean you lose your individuality in this new partnership. In marriage, you will each gain a new sense of self, and your individual personalities will not be lost amidst your collective identity as a married couple. For even though you may now be referred to as “wife” and “husband,” you will continue to be: “daughter,” “son,” “sister,” “brother,” and “friend.” I ask you to consider three important ingredients of marriage: Love, Commitment and Friendship. Much has been said of love, but it is really a simple concept. Love is giving of yourself for your own and your partners personal growth. This calls on you to be supportive, while not being confining. It calls on you to admire the person your partner is, while allowing that person to grow and change. It calls on you to be patient, courageous and to have faith in each other. Love is both a feeling and a decision, a choice. It is a Commitment. The feelings of love and affection can ebb and flow. The commitment you make today is that your marriage is not based solely on the wonderful feelings of excitement and joy you are feeling today; although
88: Foundations of Marriage Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything In marriage, all of the moments won't be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It's inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up... even when all the odds say to quit. It's allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren't in total agreement or exactly what you'd like them to be. It's getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness. Written by Regina Hill Read by Chelsey Chaput, Bride’s Cousin
90: THE VOWS
93: I take you to be my lawfully wedded, to live together according to the law, in a state of matrimony. I vow to love you, comfort you, honor you and cherish you so long as we both shall live. I take you with all your strengths and weaknesses, and I offer myself to you with all my strengths and weaknesses. I will be there in your times of need, and I will turn to you when I need help. You are the person with whom I choose to spend the rest of my life.
94: Uniting of Family There are children who will share in this marriage. The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon them. Our love for each other is broad enough to include Trent and Jamie and deep enough to honor their presence in this marriage and we pledge ourselves to love and care for them. It will both complicate and enrich their lives. They will also have much to contribute to this new family. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married. Trent and Jamie are both a vital part of this new marriage. We give unconditional love and honor your presence in our lives. Trent and Jamie, your lives will be touched by the covenant being made here today. Trent and Jamie, I want you to know that I love your father very much. I will not and cannot replace a mother loved by you, however I can promise you that I will love you and care for you. I promise to be a committed listener. I promise you my trust, to be fair, my support, what knowledge I can share, to be your friend, and to provide a shoulder to cry on. I promise to be available to you as I am to your father.
95: Marriage Joins Two People Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, listener, and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent or child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life. When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill. Written by Edmund O'Neill Read by Katie Overgaard, Bride's Cousin
98: "Wind Beneath My Wings" It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face. You were content to let me shine, that's your way. You always walked a step behind. So I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength. A beautiful face without a name for so long. A beautiful smile to hide the pain. Did you ever know that you're my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings. It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it. I would be nothing without you. Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings. Did I ever tell you you're my hero? You're everything, everything I wish I could be. Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings. Oh, the wind beneath my wings. You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings. Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high. Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings. Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings. Fly, fly, fly high against the sky, so high I almost touch the sky. Thank you, thank you, thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.
99: Regretfully, some of our relatives are no longer with us to celebrate this special day. We feel they are here in spirit and will always be in our hearts. We would like to remember our Grandparents with love. Mary Ann and Otto Myhrer Great Grandparents of the Bride Robert and Patricia Stellings Grandparents of the Groom Shirley Larson Grandmother of the Groom
100: Prayer Let us pray, each according to his or her own faith tradition. Almighty God, source of life and all that is and is to be, on this happy and holy day, we pray for blessings on the union of Nicole and Jared in marriage. Help them remain steadfast to the love they share and to overcome whatever obstacles occur in their lives. Bless their home, that it may be a sanctuary of peace and place of hospitality and honor to all who grace its door. May the power of life be forever abundant and always touch their lives, flowing from one to the other, enlarging life’s joys, easing any hour of trial. May Nicole and Jared always encourage each other, and, trust each other, trust life and not be afraid. Now, as Jared and Nicole have made their commitments to each other today, may the days and the years deepen the wisdom of that choice, that they may abide forever after in joy and in peace. In loves name, so be it. Amen
103: HUSBAND & WIFE
105: SIGNING OF THE MARRIAGE LICENSE (MAKING IT LEGAL)
106: THE GUESTS
122: DeHaan Family
124: Larson Family
136: THE CAKE
139: LOVE IS SWEET (AND A LITTLE NUTS)
140: Mr. Trent had to leave early. He went to his first week long Boy Scout Camping trip.
143: THE TOASTS
145: Congratulation's Nicole and Jared You know I am not good at talking in front of people but on this special day I needed at least one surprise. I hope this makes your day even more special. Nicole, I love you. From the day you were born you were my prefect angel. So tiny yet so damn cute with your finger in your mouth. There was a time I went down the wrong road. I awoke one day to chose either death or you and you were my choice. Nicole I looked in your room and you were my choice. I wanted you more than the bad things in life. From that day on, I tried and struggled to be the best mom I could be. Our Life was not the easiest, but we had each other. I may have left you for four years, but that even made a stronger person in you. Then along came your little brother. You and Tyler are closer than a mother could even wish for. I thank you for all you have done and helped me with him. He is the devil with horns. We have had our ups and our downs, our yelling, our screaming, loving and hating. But one thing is true. I have never stopped loving you. You are still my angel with wings. It's like yesterday you were in diapers, even 30 years later, I would still clean your poppy pants, for thats how much I love you. Jared, you know you will always be second best. Not including me, You still have to compete against Piggy, Nicole's 25+ year old pillow. Good Luck! Also Jared, Peter and Paul have died as of today. So you must buy now and not borrow no more. Today we are missing two very important people in Nicole and our family's life. First, Grandma Myhrer who is smiling down knowing you still wait till after your meal to drink your milk. And then there is Grandpa Myhrer. Wishing he was here for you to take the curlers out of his hair. I would like to put my jealousy aside today and say a special thanks to my family who have had a hand in helping me raise and support Nicole. Mom and Dad, thank you for me and Nicole in our times of need. Brother Bob, Sister Janell and Sister Carole for the added support of being a single mother and making Nicole who she is today. Kim and Pat, thank you for the four years that you were mom and dad to my beautiful daughter. Nicole, I stand here so proud to have the most special daughter in the whole world, I love you! I have and always will. Jared, Welcome to the family. Now give me a grand baby, we know you have three good shots in you. Love You Both, Mom
150: THE DANCING
154: Bouquet Toss Caught by JoAnne LeDoux | Garter Toss Caught by Jordan Chaput
160: Flowers Our flowers were purchased at the Minneapolis Farmers Market at 7:00 am prior to our wedding. Vicky Torgirm and Angela Althaus volunteered to arrange the flowers with supervision by Jan Furuli. All the Flowers were perfect. I couldn't even imagined how beautiful they would be. We donated our flowers to a senior assisted living facility in Newport MN.
161: Thank You We feel especially lucky to have so many special people in our lives. We hope that you have a wonderful time at our wedding celebration and we look forward to sharing many more happy occasions with you in the years to come! To our Parents Thank you for your patient guidance, your love and you generosity. Thank you for always supporting us throughout the years and for helping to create this beautiful and special day in our lives. To our Family & Friends We would like to thank our family & friends for sharing with us the first day of our live together, and for traveling both near and far to be here.