We Eloped, We’re Married!!

Wedding Ceremony

Nicola Sebastian & Ashlinn Sarah Jane

Introduction

Welcome, everyone. We are gathered here today to celebrate the wedding of Ashlinn Sarah Jane and Nichola Sebastian. We are here to recognise their commitment and love for one another. Love is an eternal force of life. Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage. Love strengthens and sustains us.

To the guests: Caitie and Rudy, you have both come here to share in this formal commitment that Ashlinn and Nicola make to one another and to offer your love and support to their union.

So let’s get started!

Nicola, do you take Ashlinn here present, to be your wife?

“I do”.

Ashlinn, do you take Nichola here present, to be your husband?

“I do”.

Ashlinn and Nicola have prepared their own vows and I now invite them to read them to each other: please hold each others hands.

{Vows Below}

To the guests: Will you Caitlin and Rudy, grant them your blessings and pledge them your love and acceptance?

“We will”.

{Exchange of Rings}

You will now exchange wedding rings. 

There is a long history of symbolism behind the wedding ring. Egyptians used rings to represent eternity. A circle has no beginning and no end and represents the shape of the sun and the moon, which they worshiped. 

It was the Egyptians that decided the ring should go on the fourth finger, because they believed that it contained the vena amoris (vein of love) that led directly to the heart. This tradition lives to this day, even though this belief is not anatomically correct. 

Generally it was only women who wore wedding rings, until WW2, when allied soldiers started wearing wedding rings as a way to remember their wives back home. Rings for male civilians eventually caught on and here we are today.

Your wedding rings are the outward and visible sign of the inward and invisible bond which already unites you two hearts in love.

Nicola, place the ring on Ashlinn’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is beyond ever after.

Ashlinn, place the ring on Nicola’s finger and repeat after me….

I give you this ring.

Wear it with love and joy.

As this ring has no end,

My love is beyond ever after.

May the wedding rings you exchanged today remind you always that you are surrounded by enduring love.

{Conclusion}

May this day shine eternally in your lives. May you care for each other in all times, happy and sad. May you give strength to each other in all undertakings. May your love for each other continue beyond ever after to be a source of inspiration to yourselves, your families, your friends, and to all whose lives you touch.

Ashlinn and Nicola, you have come here today of your own free will and in the presence of family and friends, have declared your love and commitment to each other. You have given and received a ring as a symbol of your promises. By the power of your love and commitment to each other, and by the power you have vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now share your first kiss as husband and wife.

Congratulations!

Caitlin and Rudy, I now present to you the newly married couple.

Bride’s Vows:

My dearest Teddy Bear,

For most couples, happily ever after is just the beginning. Sadly, for us this may be the beginning of our beyond ever after.

Beyond ever after is my promise to you, to love you and surround you with love from whatever realm or dimension is possible for the rest of both of our lives and for an eternity beyond wherever our souls will rest together ever after.

Today, and every day after, I make the promise to love you purely and honestly until my very last breath—and know that when that day comes I will be waiting for you on the other side. I know despite the waiting rooms, needles, and nights apart, there is absolutely nobody I would rather spend this divine gift of time with.

This short time we have had together has made me appreiciate how brief but bold a love can be, and although my life has been an at times an extremely difficult and painful road, there’s no one I’d rather that road lead to than to you—and to us.

In any way I can, I will show my energy in your life and prove that I am with you every day, every moment, every minute, I will make myself known. You have no reason to doubt it’s me. As your bride and wife, it will be my mission and sole(soul) purpose to keep us connected.

Thank you for the unwavering loyalty and the absolute deepest belly laughs you have shared with me these couple of years. You gave me the gift of invigorating my truest most comfortable self, and although bittersweet, you gave me a place to finally rest this tired existence.

I am going to miss kissing your face in the morning, cüddling before bed, but mostly, not getting enough of you after spending literally every minute of the day together. I may be sick for the rest of my life, but I will never get sick of you.

No matter what happens, remember that you were a gift to me. I strongly believe I am so blessed to get the time we have shared. I defied the odds of survival to be able to share the best of my life with you and even if it’s unfair, I lived just long enough to die in love, in your arms.

To seizing the day! And to spending the rest of my life as your wife.

I love you.

Groom’s Vows

Ashlinn Sarah Jane,

It feels like just yesterday I was picking you up in your cute little sun hat to go out on our first date.

I could not ever imagine on that day that we could ever become as huge as we are today. As we got to know each other, it was clear. It was happening. I had finally met my soulmate and that truly was surreal.

I am not only marrying a woman I thought I could ever only dream of, but I am marrying my best friend. You are my better half, you make me a better man, you complete me and most importantly, you make me feel like I belong.

I promise to be there in every way I can and be the man you can count on. Even if that means getting you midnight snacks every night and watching trashy tv shows with you. Through the good times and the bad ones, in sickness and in health, I promise to be your man. To give you my hand and my heart.

I love you.

Today, tomorrow and beyond ever after.

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