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Welcome, we are gathered here in the sand, by the sea, to celebrate with Groom and Bride, the love they have for each other, and their desire to unite their lives in marriage. Letís take a minute to appreciate the natural beauty around us, to listen to the surf, to feel the warmth of the sun, wiggle our toes in the sand, and to see the incredible colors of the earth, sea and sky. Let us breath in that beauty, let it fill us up and then, let us breath it out, as love. So that we may all appreciate, and feel the love we are here today to witness.
The fountains mingle with the river, and the river with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix forever, with a sweet emotion:
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine, in one anotherís being mingle.
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven and the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven if it disdained its brother and
the sunlight clasps the earth and the moon beams kiss the sea.
What are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?
Like two peas in a pod, Groom and Bride, have been together for a good long time and their experience of that togetherness has led them here today, to make a public pronouncement that they have each "found the one", and luckily, for them, it is each other. Groom and Bride Are you ready now to make your promises to each other? (They reply "We are").
I will love you on the sea
I will love you in a tree
I will love you here and there
I will love you anywhere.
I will love you every day
I will love you come what may
I will love you more than pie
I will love Ďtil I die.
Groom: On the sea, in a tree
Bride: Every day, come what may.
Together: I will love you here and there.
I will love you anywhere.
Groom and Bride have chosen this reading to share with all of you here a little of what it feels like to them to be in love. Love is universal and it touches everyone, but for each person the experience of love is unique, here is a taste of what is it like for Groom and Bride.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good. And more than any fate could have done to make me happy. You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.
With the giving and receiving of rings you are sealing the promises you have chosen to make to each other today. From now on when you look at your hands you will see the symbol of your marriage upon your finger, and you will know that you are no longer a single person, you are one part of a double.
As you place the ring on (her/his) finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a reminder that I will love, honor, and cherish you, in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.
Now the rituals are complete, you have made your promises, and exchanged your rings. May your lives together be filled with love and laughter. By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you married!
Let the kissing begin!