S: Suzanne and Peter's Wedding - October 17, 2010
FC: Our Wedding
12: Kathryn: Welcome! Thank you all for making the journey to be here today for this festive, magical, transformational event: the joining in marriage of Peter and Suzanne. Through your presence at this ceremony, you are witnessing their adoration and appreciation for each other. You are also witnessing their commitment to enhancing each other's happiness, to building a family, and to spending the rest of their lives together. It's no slight choice, the decision to bind one life to another. It's a leap of love, a leap of faith, and a leap of conscious commitment. Fortunately for us, it's a joyous, easy choice to be present at this great moment of leaping.
13: Suzanne, you know how much Peter loves your creativity and imagination, and that you're smart enough to get his jokes - even if you don't always laugh at them. You know he loves that you are, absolutely, undeniably, Not Boring, you sling a mean glue gun, and, most of all, he relishes the opportunity to spend a lifetime trying to figure out how your brain works. Peter, you know how much Suzanne loves that you're smart and funny (even if she's not always laughing at your jokes). You know how much she cherishes your support of her creative hobbies and her quirky fairy tale/fantasy brain. She deeply appreciates how your laid backness balances her stress ballness, and the fact that you let her get away with, and I quote, Â“lots of stuff.Â” You both know how lucky you are to share a commitment to family, a deep capacity to communicate with each other, an ability to compromise while still meeting your most important needs, and an endless gratitude for how fortunate you are to have found each other. | And now we come to the heart of the matter, the words at the center of the words. Suzanne, only you have the power to marry this man, your best friend and partner, who stands beside you. Do you now wish to have Peter as your husband, knowing him as you do? Suzanne: I do. Kathryn: Peter, only you have the power to marry this woman, your best friend and partner, who stands beside you. Do you now wish to have Suzanne as your wife, knowing her as you do? Peter: I do.
14: Kathryn: Ok! Then let's have some rings and vows! Vows are promises made with the best of intentions and infused with profound care and serious intention. Over the course of a life together, you might falter from time to time in your capacity to fulfill these promises. But you know you can trust in the compassion you carry for each other's humanity, and in the unconditional love and acceptance shining pure and true in your eyes. These rings, unbroken circles, are beautiful, visceral, visible tokens of your deep commitment to each other, and the ever-turning, never-ending trust you each bring to your partnership. Peter, placing your ring on Suzanne's finger, please repeat after me: Suzanne, you are my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my fairy tale dragon girl. With the beauty of this ring, and all the joy in my heart, I commit myself to you completely and take you as my beloved wife. Now Suzanne, please place your ring on Peter's finger, please repeat after me: Peter, you are my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my stalwart story-teller. With the beauty of this ring, and all the joy in my heart, I commit myself to you completely and take you as my beloved husband. | Kathryn: And will all of you, participating in this union with your presence and your goodwill, pledge to help Suzanne and Peter? If called upon, will you lend them your love, your shoulder, your wisdom, or just the strength and support of your strong, encircling arms? If so, let's hear We Will! Group: We will!
15: Peter, Suzanne, you have declared your love, exchanged vows and rings, and been thoroughly surrounded by love and blessings of your friends and family. There is nothing more which can, should, or need be done. And so, with great delight and best wishes, I pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may now kiss the bride! | Now just one final blessing from the Apache: Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you. For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is only one Life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness.