S: Jeni and Alex 10.10.09
BC: "Today, Tomorrow, Forever"
FC: Jeni & Alex October 10, 2009
1: "... each are convinced that they knew almost immediately that the other was the one they'd been searching for all their lives."
2: On the 10th of October, 2009 at the Naples Beach on 8th Avenue South, Jeni and Alex joined their lives before family and friends.
10: Our Vows | Reverend Terry Lugo: We are gathered here today to witness the coming together of two people, Jennifer and Alejandro, whose hearts and spirits are entwined as one. They now desire to profess before all the world their intention henceforth to walk the road of life together. Dedication, love, and joy can grow only when you nourish them together. Stand fast in that hope and confidence having faith in your shared destiny just as strongly as you have faith in yourselves and in one another today. Only with this spirit can you forge a union that will strengthen and endure all the days of your lives.
11: Alex to Jeni: I love you. And when I say I love you, this is what I mean: You are the one for whom I have always wanted. You have brought me more peace and steadiness than I have ever known, and since I have met you have been the best days of my life. Your ready smile, your deep convictions, your passion and compassion, your beauty, your laughter, your sense of adventure, your intelligence, your wisdom, your faith, your courage, your kindness, and the lessons of your experience enrich me in every moment I spend with you. | I offer you my history, with its pride and its regret. My future walking with you wherever we may go. All of my joy and fear, my brokenness and my courage, my success and failure, my humor and despair, my loneliness and connectedness. I promise to laugh with you and to laugh at myself. I promise to take you seriously when seriousness is called for. I promise to care for you and our zoo as best as I can, and to encourage you to stretch and grow and care for yourself. I promise to listen to you, respect and consider your thoughts and beliefs, and to heed your challenges to my own. I promise to rest with you, and to seek balance between work and play. I promise you nothing less than the rest of my life. You are my closest friend and I give you myself. This is what I mean when I tell you I love you. Jeni, there was darkness for a long time and then there was light, and that light was you. Your love has given me wings and our journey begins today. I promise before this assembled company to be your husband from this day forward. I want you for today, tomorrow, and forever.
12: Jeni to Alex I love you. And when I say I love you, this is what I mean: From the moment I met you, I knew you were the one with whom I wanted to share my life. Your smile and warmth brightens my days and brings me peace. You make my joys greater and my sorrows more bearable. Your Courage, intelligence, heart, and passion for life inspire me to be the best person I can be. | I believe we are stronger together than when we are apart and that we can grow more together than we could alone. I promise to stand firm beside you as your partner in pursuing knowledge, adventure, peace, and responsibility. I promise to love and honor you and all you will be and to be open to growth and change. I promise to present myself openly and honestly to you. I promise to support you when your strength is challenged and to ask for your help in my weakness. I promise to hold you as completely in my heart in the difficult times as in the joyous ones. I promise to be open to laughter, wonder, mystery, and adventure in our life together. Finally, I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all that I am, in the only way I know how -- completely. Alex, I have dreamed my whole life of having someone as wonderful as you to love me the way you do. I give myself to you as your wife, and I promise here to treasure all of my days the love that we celebrate today. Let us bring together our lives and find ourselves anew each day.
13: Reverend Terry Lugo to Jeni: Do you Jennifer, knowing this man's love for you and returning it, realizing his strengths and learning from them, recognizing his weaknesses and helping him to overcome them, take Alejandro to be your lawfully wedded husband? | Reverend Terry Lugo to Alex Do you Alejandro, knowing this woman's love for you and returning it, realizing her strengths and learning from them, recognizing her weaknesses and helping her to overcome them, take Jennifer to be your lawfully wedded wife? | Jeni I do. | Alex I do.
14: Sand Ceremony | Reverend Terry Lugo: Jennifer and Alejandro, today you join your separate lives together. These two bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, and separate set of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into individual containers, so will your marriage be.,
15: Reverend Terry Lugo: In the years which shall bring Jennifer and Alejandro into greater wisdom, we hope that their love shall be ever young; that they shall always able to recover from moments of despair. In this hope, may they keep the vows made on this day, on freedom, teaching each other who they are, what they yet shall be, enabling then to know that, in the fullness of being, they are more than themselves and more than each other, that they are all of us, and that together we share joyously the fruits of life on this earth, our home. Inasmuch as Jennifer and Alejandro have declared their love to each other before family and friends, I now greet them with you as husband and wife. You may kiss!
26: Shortly after the ceremony, the reception was held at the beautiful Etudes de Ballet on Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida
37: "Jeni and Alex don't know exactly where their journey through life will take them, but the final destination doesn't matter as long as they have each other to enjoy the voyage! Then every step along the way will really be, 'the happiest place on Earth.'."