S: The day two became one ~ Mr. and Mrs. Phillips
BC: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” | - winnie the pooh
FC: Josh & Amy Phillips | Our Wedding Day | 8.12.2006
1: A WEDDING CEREMONY Introductory Remarks While the groom, the bride, and her father stand before him, the minister says: “One of the most beautiful expressions of love and loyalty ever penned was first spoken by Ruth when she said: Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me (Ruth 1:16-17). Since the beginning of time this kind of love has brought young menand women together in marriage. It is the kind of love Josh and Amy feel for one another. They and their parents are glad you came to share in their time of commitment. The minister asks: Who give this woman in marriage? The father of the bride replies: Her mother and I do. He then takes his seat next to his wife. The minister then says: Josh and Amy, marriage is a sacred relationship and should not be entered upon lightly or unprayerfully. It is sacred, because it was ordained of God, who, in the beginning, having created man in his own image, realized that it was not good for him to be alone. So the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam, and, taking one of his ribs, he created Eve. Having created woman, he brought her unto man and gave her unto him. Then, in the garden of Eden, the Lord performed the first marriage ceremony when he said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and cleave unto a wife and they two shall be one flesh.” The sacredness of marriage also can be seen in the fact that Jesus attended a wedding at Cana of Galilee, and he chose this occasion to perform his first miracle. The apostle Paul helps us to see the sacredness of marriage by comparing the relationship of a husband and wife to that of Christ and his church. Josh, he says to husbands, “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” And, Josh, there is no greater love in all this world than the love Jesus demonstrated when he died on the cross for us. This is the way the Bible says you are to love Amy. And, Josh, if you will do that, it will bring more joy and fulfillment into your life than any other human relationship you will ever have. And, Amy, he says to wives, “Wives, submit yourself unto your husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife even as Christ is head of the church.” Amy, this means you are to walk by Josh’s side. You are to encourage him and support him and help him in every way. And the two of you walking together and walking with the Lord will find in this relationship the fulfillment and the completeness God intended from the beginning. Taking the Vows In as much as you have expressed a desire to be united in marriage, I am going to ask you to take a vow—a vow that is made not only in the presence of your family and friends, but also in the presence of God. The Bible makes it clear that God is a witness to the wedding vows. I believe he is an unseen guest here today. He hears the vows you make and he intends that they be kept so long as you both shall live. The minister asks the groom: Do you, Josh, take Amy to be your lawfully wedded wife, and do you promise before God and these witnesses, to love her, to comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her so long as you both shall live? Do you so promise? The groom replies, “I do.” The minister asks the bride: And do you, Amy, take Josh to be your lawfully wedded husband, and do you promise before God and these witnesses, to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him so long as you both shall live? Do you so promise? The bride replies, “I do.” Exchanging of the Rings The minister asks the groom: Josh, what do you give as a token of your love for Amy? The best man, acting for the groom, hands the ring to the minister. The minister then says: Josh, from time immemorial the ring has been used to seal important covenants. When the human race was young and parliaments unknown, the great seals of state were fixed on rings worn by the reigning monarch, and its stamp was the sole sign of imperial authority. In later years, in the days of the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, friends often exchanged simple bands of gold as enduring evidences of friendships and good will. But today the ring has gained a far deeper meaning. It has become symbolic of a man’s love for a woman and of a woman’s love for a man. Josh, you will notice that this ring is a complete circle, without beginning or end. It is symbolic, I trust, of the endlessness of your love for Amy. The minister then hands the bride’s ring to the groom and says: Josh, you will take the ring, place it on the third finger of Amy’s left hand, and as you place it there repeat after me, “With this ring . . . I thee wed . . . and all my worldly goods . . . I thee endow . . . In the name of the Father . . . and the Son . . . and the Holy Ghost . . . Amen.” The minister then asks the bride: And, Amy, what do you give as a token of your love for Josh? The maid or matron of honor, acting for the bride, hands the groom’s ring to the minister. The minister then says: Amy, you will notice that this ring is made of the purest of metals. It will not turn or tarnish with age. It is symbolic, I trust, of the purity of your love for Josh. You will take the ring, place it on the third finger of Josh’s left hand, and as you place it there, repeat after me: “With this ring . . . I thee wed . . . and all my worldly goods . . . I thee endow . . . In the name of the Father . . . and the Son . . . and the Holy Ghost . . . Amen.” The Pronouncement The minister then says: Now, by the power vested in me, by the state of Tennessee and as a minister of the gospel, I now pronounce you husband and wife. And whatsoever God hath joined together, let not the hand of man put asunder. We will now bow for prayer and ask the blessing of the Lord on Josh and Amy and their life together as husband and wife. The minister then prays. The minister then says: Josh, you may now kiss your wife. Minister Travis N. Pless
3: Our wedding day has finally come...
4: the girls
5: the guys
6: "Believe in happily ever after, and it will come true"
8: with this ring...
9: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you." | Husband | & | Wife
10: her | Family
11: his | Family
12: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." - TERESA COLLINS
15: Who will be the next to wed...
16: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love."
18: TWO PEOPLE, TWO HEARTS, TWO LIVES, BECOME ONE HEART, ONE MIND, ONE NEW LIFE TOGETHER.
19: and we | DANCED
24: J | & | A | I love you not only for what you are, but for who I am when I am with you.
25: Just Married!!