Welcome Friends and Family! We are gathered here today, in this place for the greatest representation of love. Let us speak for a moment and reflect on what has brought us here today…True Love. Love is enduring, patient, and kind. It judges all things with the heart and not with the mind. It can transform the most commonplace into beauty and splendor, sweetness and grace. For love is unselfish, giving more than what it takes away. And no matter what happens love never forsakes each other. It is faithful and trusting, always believing and honest and never deceiving. We are here to confirm this love that Ryan and Amanda have for one another in front of friends, family and God. May the two of you always walk hand in hand, talk heart to heart, see thru each other eyes, laugh together, weep together and ever trusting and believing and thanking God for each other and the love that is shared between you two. Each day, love to the fullest and leave nothing undone that would brighten the life or lighten the load of one another. You have already climbed mountains together, already your commitment has been tested; yet you have endured and come to us today with a stronger love than you began with. This type of love shall last throughout your life. As it was in the beginning is now and till the end, woman draws her life from man and gives it back again.
Remembrances and Acknowledgments
Amanda and Ryan have asked that we take a moment to honor the memory of those loved ones who could only be here today in spirit.
Let us all remember, today and always, that there is nothing more important than loving one another.
Minister to groom: And now, in token that your hearts are joined
together in love, will you please join your right hands.
Ryan, 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 as her lover will keep her heart won to your heart. Do you vow here, as you have promised to Amanda that you will be true and loyal, patient in sickness, and comforting in sorrow so long as you both shall live?
Groom: I do.
Minister to bride: Amanda, this man whom you hold by the right 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 to Ryan, that you will be loyal in adversity, ministering to him in affliction, and comforting him in sorrow so long as you both shall live?
Bride: I do.
Ryan and Amanda, will you now turn and face one another, holding both hands as Ryan repeats after me:
I, Ryan, take you, Amanda, to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.
Amanda, will you please repeat after me:
I, Amanda, take you, Ryan, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear and grief wracks your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow or of joy alike.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, These are the hands that even wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Wedding Ring Prelude
Wedding rings are a symbol that
has been carried forward from antiquity. They are simple and strong. They are
round like the sun and the moon, like the eye, and like the embrace of love. As
circles, wedding rings remind us that we give our love,
so it comes back around to
see us, and that we give and receive love around and
around in the circle of love.
May your wedding rings always serve as a reminder to you that your love, like the sun and moon, illumines; like the eye, lets you see clearly; and like an embrace, is a grace upon this world.
Ryan, do you have Amanda's ring? You may now place it on her finger as you repeat after me:
With this ring, I give you my promise to honor you to be faithful to you, and to share my love and my life with you in all ways, always.
Amanda, do you have Ryan's ring? You may now place it on his finger as you repeat after me: With this ring, I give you my promise to honor you to be faithful to you, and to share my love and my life with you in all ways, always.
Now, because you have pledged your love and faithfulness each to the other in the sight of God and this company, by the power
invested in me I proclaim you to be husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Ryan, you may kiss your bride!
May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Neal