Meggie! (rivulet) wrote,

I was asked to post our ceremony and vows. And since I've been posting lots and lots and LOTS OF STUFF, I figured why stop now? :P

Cory Allen Granholm
Megan Theresa Cassingham

Good afternoon. We are gathered here today not to witness the beginning of
what will be, but rather what already is. We do not create this marriage, because we
cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with Cory and Megan the wondrous and
joyful occurence that has already taken place in their lives. We can witness their
affirmation of their love and commitment to each other.

Marriage was established that husband and wife might have life-long
companionship, that natural instincts and affections might be fulfilled in mutual love. The day-to-day friendship, the pleasure in doing things together (and in doing things
separately then exchanging experiences) is a continuous and central part of what a man and woman who love each other can share.

A marriage is for today, tomorrow, and all the years beyond. It is the willing, enduring expression of love, devotion, trust and respect through all the joys and sorrows you may face.

Marriage symbolizes the intimate sharing of two lives. This sharing must not
diminish but enhance the individuality of each partner. A happy marriage is one that is
continually developing while you grow in understanding of each other. By growing
together in love, it is possible to share not only the joys of life, but also ease the burdens
of sorrow.

Cory and Megan, by your presence here today, you are proclaiming your desire
for life-long companionship. Over time, your love has progressed to the point that it
must be proclaimed. What once was simply the pleasure of each other’s company has
become the need to share your lives and to entwine your futures. Each of you sees in
the other not the means to complete or define your life, but to enrich them further, to
bring a sense of balance and fulfillment.

Know now, before you go further, that since your lives have crossed you have
formed ties to each other. As you seek to enter the state of matrimony, you should strive
to make real the ideals which give meaning to this ceremony and the institution of
marriage. With full awareness, know that by coming together today, you are not only
declaring your intent to be married before your friends and family, but also before God.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your
union. These promises and ties will cross all the years of your lives and of each soul's
growth. Do you still seek to enter this ccommitment?

(C & M: We do.)

Cory, you have been my best friend, mentor, playmate, confidant, and my greatest challenge. But most importantly, you are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I ever thought possible. You have made me a better person, as our love for one another is reflected in the way I live my life. So I am truly blessed and honored that you want me for your wife, and I am proud to have you as my husband.

I promise to love and care for you and I will try in every way to be worthy of your love.
I promise to comfort and support you when you're sad, and laugh with you when you're happy.
I promise to play Legos with you sometimes.
I promise to respect you always, and always be the kind of person who deserves your respect.
I promise to kiss you even when you're sweaty.
I promise to let you win at cribbage at least once.
I promise to remain your loyal and faithful sidekick, forsaking all others, forever.

Megan, in the time that we've been together, you have been a stranger, a confidant, a best friend, a lover, and a part of me. You have cared for me when I didn't have strength to care for myself. You have helped me when I probably didn't deserve it. You hae laughed when my jokes really weren't all that funny. So even though I can be weak, helpless, and humorless, you have chosen to be by my side. From this day forward, I promise to be by yours.

I promise to care for you when you cannot care for yourself.
I promise to give you my strength when you have none.
I promise to play cribbage with you when you feel like winning.
I promise to do the stuff I need to do when I need to do it, whether I want to or not.
I promise to be the best husband I can be, the best friend you can want, the best man you can know.
I promise to be a good father... when the time comes. Down the road. In a couple of years, maybe.
I promise my self to you forever.

The wedding ring is an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and
the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in
marriage. Let your rings continue to be to you both a symbol of the value, purity, and
constancy of true wedded love, and the seal of the vows you have pledged.

Megan, place this ring on Cory’s finger and repeat after me.
Cory Allen, I give you this ring as a part of me, not to encircle just your finger, but
your whole being. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. In doing
this, I take you as my husband.

Cory, place this ring on Megan’s finger and repeat after me.
Megan Theresa, I give you this ring as a part of me, not to encircle just your
finger, but your whole being. I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.
In doing this, I take you as my wife.

(C takes cord from best man)

Woven into this cord, imbued into its very fibers, are all the hopes of your friends
and family and of yourselves for your new life together. With the fashioning of this knot
you shall tie all the desires, dreams, love, and happiness wished here to your lives for as
long as love shall last. The cord is twisted and entwined, as your lives have become
entwined together. You have begun your lives as individuals, but you will go forward
into the future together. So we bind your hands, that you will go towards that future
hand in hand; each giving strength, love, and guidance to the other.

(C & M join right hands, and wrap the cord around their hands)

With this cord, you bind yourselves to each other and the vows you have made.

(C & M tie knot)

As your hands are bound together, no so shall your lives and spirits be joined in a
union of love, trust, and mutual support. Hold tight to one another through both good
times and bad, and watch as your strength grows.

(C & M remove cord without untying knot and give it to the best man)

You have made your vows, one to the other, before God and this company;
exchanged tokens of your love and bound your lives together. By the power of your love, and the authority invested in me by the State of Oregon, I pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss each other.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Granholm.
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