S: Our Wedding
BC: Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together. -Matthew 19:6
FC: Kari & Mike
1: Ms. Kari Ann Alphenaar With her son Daniel Lee Schulman And Mr. Michael Allen Guevin With his son Cody Allen Guevin Invite you to share in their joy In uniting these two families Saturday, 19th of December, 2009 At 10:30AM Manatee Historic Village Bradenton, FL
3: The Methodist-Episcopal Church South Est. 1887
4: Bride - Kari Ann Alphenaar Groom - Michael Allen Guevin Maid of Honor - Jill Ann "Willy" Chaperon Best Man - Paul William Guevin Flower Girls - Daphne & Lindsay Giles Ring Bearer - Daniel Lee Schulman Officiant - Rev. Robert D. Ritsema Pianist - Patricia Oros Bride's Parents - Mr. & Mrs. Fred J. Alphenaar Groom's Parent - Mr. Paul W. Guevin | Wedding Party
5: As we share in this wedding ceremony, it is well that we remember that in the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, He concluded, "It is not good for man to be alone." So, He created woman to share in man's life -- to assist in man's striving -- to satisfy man's need. He also created the woman to be loved, honored and appreciated by man. This is marriage, and it is for the purpose of joining Mike and Kari in marriage that we have come together today. The marriage of two Christians is viewed by God as an occasion of great joy since it marks the beginning of a relationship that is second only to our personal relationship with the Lord Himself. But it is only through Christ that marriage becomes what God intends it to be. Let us acknowledge His place in this ceremony and seek His blessing in this union.
7: The Bride & Groom | The Bride
11: The Groom
12: There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son. Daniel Ringbearer
14: Daphne & Lindsey Flowergirls
16: There is a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy - Freedom to share innermost thoughts, to ask a favor, to show their true feelings - The freedom to simply be themselves.
21: 10:30AM The moment is finally here...
24: Love one another deeply, from the heart. ~1 Peter 1:22
25: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. ~Proverbs 3:3
29: Mike and Kari, our God of love has established marriage as the symbol of Christ's perfect relationship to His Body, the Church. We have come to bring you as one before Him. Mike, God ordained the man as the spiritual head, as the responsible provider, and as the initiator of love in this human relationship. By His enablement, your strength must be Kari's protection, your character her boast and pride, and you must so live that she will find in you the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs. Kari, it is God's purpose that you be a loving wife, that you respond to Mike's love with a deep sense of understanding, through a great faith in Christ who brought you together. It is His desire that you have that inner beauty of soul that never fades; that eternal youth that is found in holding fast the things that never age.
30: Mike and Kari, Christian marriage is not living merely for each other - it is two uniting and joining hands to serve God. Seek His kingdom first, and His righteousness, and He will add all other things to you. Do not expect perfection from each other - perfection belongs solely to God. You need not minimize each other's weaknesses, but always be swift to praise and magnify each other's points of comeliness and strength and see each other through kind and patient eyes. God will lead you into such situations as will bless you and develop your characters as you walk together. He will give you enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurts to keep you compassionate, enough of failure to keep your hands clenched tightly in His, and enough success to make you sure you walk with Him.
31: May you never take each other's love for granted, but always experience that wonder that exclaims, | "Out of all this world, you have chosen me."
32: When life is done, may you be found then as now, hand in hand, still thanking God for each other. May you ever serve Him happily, faithfully, together until you return to glory or until at last one shall lay the other into His arms. And all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
33: Mike, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship considered what is your Christian duty as a husband? "I Have." Kari, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship considered what is your Christian duty as a wife? "I Have."
34: "It is." | Mike and Kari, you stand before us as the children of God, redeemed through Jesus Christ. Is it your purpose to establish a home that is truly Christ-centered, where the Word of God is read and obeyed, a home that is welded together by prayer in which the Holy Spirit is your constant guide?
35: And now, in token that your hearts are joined together in love, will you please join hands.
36: Mike, this woman whom you hold by the hand is to be your wife. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven: a woman's life and a woman's love. You may bring her great joy or cause her deep sorrow. It is not what you bring her in a material way that will make true happiness - riches without love are nothing. The gift without the giver is bare. The practice of those virtues as husband that you have shown in this relationship will keep her heart won to your heart. Do you vow here, as you have promised Kari, that you will be true and loyal, patient in sickness, comforting in sorrow, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her so long as you both shall live? | "I Do"
37: Kari, this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your husband. On your life, your love and devotion, he will lean for strength and inspiration. He is going to look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness and confidence. No matter what the world may say or think, people may forget him, lose confidence in him, and turn their backs upon him, but you must not. May your life and your love be the inspiration that will constantly lead him to greater dependence upon our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you vow here, as you have promised Mike, that you will be loyal in adversity, ministering to him in affliction, comforting him in sorrow, and forsaking all others, keeping yourself only unto him so long as you both shall live?
38: I pronounce you husband and wife. | "Let this ring be your constant reminder of my unending commitment to you and to this sacred covenant."
39: "Let this ring be your constant reminder of my unending commitment to you and to this sacred covenant." | You may kiss your bride.
42: Mr. & Mrs. Michael Allen Guevin
43: Forever... and a day
46: It's official | Signed and Sealed
47: (Marriage Certificate here)
48: Wedding Bible Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who builds his house on the rock... and it did not fall. Matthew 7:27
49: Carried by Elnora May Newhouse in her wedding to Fred James Alphenaar October 2, 1953 | Carried by Daniel Lee Schulman in Kari Ann Alphenaar's wedding to Michael Allen Guevin December 19, 2009
50: Grandma & Grandpa Newhouse | Grandma & Grandpa Alphenaar
51: ... 56 years later | Mom & Dad
54: Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
58: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
63: Reception at Mom & Dad's House
64: All things grow better with love.
67: Just tied the knot