Bringing of the Bride:
Others would ask, at this time, who gives this bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be
bought, sold, given or taken. I ask simply who brings
Bride to be married to Groom?
Father: She comes with me, her father,

And who’s blessings accompany her?

Father: She is accompanied by all of her family's blessings.
(Now your father is seated)

Welcome family and friends.  In the eyes of God and each other, we are gathered here today to
celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to
cherish the words that will unite the lives of
Groom and Bride

Groom and Bride,
we are here to remember and rejoice with you and to recount with one another that
it is love that guides us on our path, and to celebrate as the two of you begin this journey together.

Remember, above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember... Like a
stone should your love be firm like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind
and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the
power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.
Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one
another, for  storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth.
Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for God is with you always.

Groom and Bride, think for a moment of the caterpillar. He begins life as a lowly, uninteresting little
creature. Yet he is one day transformed by an extraordinary metamorphosis into the most exquisite
and fragile butterfly. In a similar way, your relationship is changing today. You will no longer be just
two good friends. Today you are being transformed by marriage, into one.

Why Do You Love?:
Groom and Bride,
have you ever thought about why you want to get married? Take a moment, and
gaze into each other’s eyes.

What is it that you see there that has captured your soul?

What spark,

What love,

What beauty have you found in those eyes that has made you into a better person?  

Do you remember when you first met?  

When you first kissed?

Can each of you recall the moment when the other turned your life and your heart upside down?

Now, today, you have come here to turn all of these emotions into something more. Today you stand
before these witnesses and desire to make a commitment that will produce a lifetime of fulfillment.

Rose Ceremony:
This wedding is also a celebration of family. It is the blending of two families, separate up to this
moment, but united from this day forward -- blending their different traditions, strengthening the
family tree. Parents plant so that their children may harvest.

Groom and Bride wish to honor this blending of the families by presenting a rose to their mothers.

Groom and Bride exchange hugs with her parents and present a rose to her mother.

Groom and Bride exchange hugs with his parents and present a rose to his mother.

Groom and Bride
, in the days ahead of you, there will be times of conflict and times of joy. Harmony  
will be your reward if you follow this advice.

Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness’ you bestow on your friends.
Say "I love you" every day.

And I ask you to remember what Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 13 teaches us of love:
Love is patient and kind
Love is not jealous or boastful
It is not arrogant or rude
Love does not insist on its own way
It is not irritable or resentful
It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right
Love bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all thing
Love never fails

Groom and Bride have come before me today because they have reached that point in their
relationship where they desire a greater commitment.  Today they are ready to pledge their love to
one another in this union we call marriage.

Rings / Vows:
Groom and Bride
have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today. From
earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. An unbroken and never-ending circle
symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending. We ask that God bless these rings and this
union of souls.

Groom, take the ring that you have selected, place it on Bride's finger and say to her these words:
This ring is a circle / A circle has no end / So it symbolizes / my never-ending love for you / From
this day forward / I will love you / I will honor you / I will cherish and  keep you / I will be true to
you /no matter what comes into our lives /if we are rich or poor /if there is sickness or health /my
heart belongs only to you.

Groom, do you take Bride, to be your wedded wife and be faithful only to her for so long as you both
shall live?
“I DO”

, take the ring that you have selected, place it on Groom's finger and say to him these words:
This ring is a circle / A circle has no end / So it symbolizes / my never-ending love for you / From
this day forward / I will love you / I will honor you / I will cherish and keep you / I will be true to
you /no matter what comes into our lives /if we are rich or poor /if there is sickness or health /my
heart belongs only to you.

Bride, do you take Groom to be your wedded husband and be faithful only to him for so long as you
both shall live?
“I DO”

There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two
souls, has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more
knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to
these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its
strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all
beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption.

If we learn no more in life, let it be this:  Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable
thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and
its triumphs. With full understanding of this,
Bride and Groom have come here today and have been
joined together as one in marriage.

Let us pray:
God, bless this couple that you see before you this day. Give them the strength to hold on
during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they
nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help them to continue building a relationship founded in
respect and rich in caring. May
Groom and Bride see each other as healer, protector, shelter and
guide. We ask this in your name,

Charge to the Couple:
Eric and Kimberly
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness.
May you never take each other's love for granted, but always experience that wonder that exclaims
"WOW, out of all in the entire world, you chose me!" and when life is done, may you be found then as
now, hand in hand, still thanking God that you found each other. Never forget to treat yourselves and
each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together in the first place.
Although I'm officiating here today, it is not truly in my power to sanctify, legitimize or bless your
relationship in any way, the two of you have already done that in your hearts.

You may now seal your vows with a kiss.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife:

Groom and Bride Smith
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