Andrea and Jamey decided to get married on their back deck with immediate family on a Friday afternoon before celebrating with their family and friends with a party on Saturday. It was a lovely Friday and the PERFECT Saturday. As I'm typing this up they are driving on their honeymoon wherever the truck takes them.
Very small, intimate wedding ceremonies with just the immediate family, followed by a larger party an hour, a day, a week or a month later is becoming very popular. It's important that you do what makes you comfortable.
I have a very special place in my heart for wedding that take place on family property of a gravel road. Jamey insists that's it's a gravel driveway, not a road, and he's right. But it's a long driveway! I'm really always very happy to hear when a couple is spending their time and money fixing up their own property for a wedding and a party. The investment lasts longer. I'm practical, no apologies! Don't get me wrong, big fancy weddings in premium venues and all their fabulousness also have a special place in my heart. I'm a wedding officiant. My heart is overflowing!!
Andrea and Jamey wrote this wedding ceremony.
Andrea and Jamey's Wedding Ceremony Script
Welcome to this celebration of love and the blessing of the new life being joined together by the marriage of Andrea and Jamey. They come to dedicate themselves to God and to each other, and with His eternal help, to fashion their house into a home, their family into a unity of His Kingdom, and to achieve within their lives a hint of eternity. Andrea and Jamey have come to publicly proclaim their love and devotion through holy marriage.
Because this is a special day, we want to begin it in a special way, and that is with a moment of prayer. I’m going to ask that you close your eyes and turn within yourselves. And now, call forth that divine presence from within you, knowing that as you do so, God’s blessings are now being poured out upon you both. “Through the presence and power and the activity of God within you, we now see you blessed with an abundance of all good. We see your minds illumined by divine wisdom, your hearts quickened by divine love and your bodies purified and blessed with divine substance. This we do affirm through the power of the living presence of God within each of you.” Amen.
We are here to bear witness to the entry of these two loving friends, who are already one in spirit into the closer relationship of husband and wife. Andrea and Jamey, you are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of one in the world, whom you love most dear, and the dynamic flow of love is the heart of marriage. This love emerges from, responds to, and is fellowship with God and each other. It is the challenge to create an atmosphere of freedom in which you both can develop your potentials. It is working together in an attitude of service for common goals. It is sharing from the depths of your being in the understanding presence of each other. It is a union of persons which respects individuality. It is the covenant of love which accepts weakness as well as strength.
You are adding to your life not only the affection and the response that your heart’s desire, not only the happy companionship of hours together, but a deeper trust as well. It is the implied trust of loving. You are finding in each other that which complements your life. You are agreeing to be a tower of strength to one another. You are agreeing to carry a part of each other’s responsibilities. You are entering on an adventure of pure faith in which you give of yourselves to the utmost.
You fell in love by chance, but you're here today because you're making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You've chosen to be with someone who enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter.
You're about to make promises to each other that you intend to keep. You're going to vow to take care of each other, to stand up for one another, and find happiness in the other. There's a simple premise to each of these promises: you're vowing to be there. You're teaming up and saying to the other, "Every experience I am going to have, I want you to be a part of."
Andrea and Jamey please turn and face each other and join hands.
On this day do you affirm the love that the two of you share, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it? Will you affirm that love in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together will you dream and unite each other’s aspirations? When you stumble will you restore one another? Will you share all things, serving one another and extend your love to your fellow man? Will you cherish and respect, comfort and encourage one another? Be open with one another, and stay with one another as long as you both shall live, bound by your love?
Jamey, do you choose Andrea, to be your wife, your friend, and your love?
Jamey: I do.
Andrea, do you choose Jamey, to be your husband your friend, and your love?
Andrea: I do
The ring is a circle... an ancient symbol of eternity and completeness, so perfect, with no beginning and no end, for love that is given comes back around again.
Victoria: Andrea, please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my enduring love and lifelong devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
Victoria: Jamey, please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my enduring love and lifelong devotion. Wear it and know that I love you.
Andrea and Jamey, may you live happily ever after. May all your days be blessed with love and friendship. May each day and night of your lives be a new beginning. May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day. May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge, and satisfaction, humor and insight, healing and renewal, love and wisdom, as in a quiet heart. May you always feel that what you have is enough.
I now pronounce you Husband and Wife!
You may seal this marriage with a kiss!
As a wedding officiant, I want every couple to the the wedding ceremony they want. Since I started giving couples tools to create their own ceremonies I haven't performed the same ceremony twice. Here are some of the ceremonies.
Rachel and Dominic's Traditional Wedding Ceremony Script with a Prayer from Grandpa. Valle Vista, Greenwood, IN
DaWonda and Dorothy's Same-Sex Christian Wedding Ceremony Script. Featuring a Unity Candle of Remembrance, Family Sand Ceremony and Jumping the Broom!
LaKieta And Josh's Wedding Ceremony Script. Wood Burning Unity Ceremony. Falls Park Gazebo, Pendleton, IN.