Gina and Jimmy, together at last, together forever! I love small family weddings. I love stories of couples getting together "after all this time..." of knowing each other. Stories of middle-aged adults finding themselves divorced and at a place in their life when they know exactly what they are looking for and find it in the craziest ways - long distance, on social media, with an old friend.
Gina was beyond excited with their wedding planning. They had originally chosen the Clocktower at Coxhall Gardens to elope but changed to their living room the day before due to rain. I always think your living room is a great place to get married. You can have all the privacy you want or need.
This small family wedding was perfect! They chose many Christian elements to their ceremony and wrote their own vows. Gina had vows for Jimmy's daughter and words of love for all the family member present.
Everyone had an amazing sense of humor. There was laughter through tears and loud claps of thunder at all the best moments during a wedding ceremony. "I now pronounce you husband and wife!" BOOM! It happened during the vows too. It was perfect!
Gina and Jimmy's Wedding Ceremony Script
Welcome! Today is a celebration. A celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who are in it for forever.
We are gathered here today to celebrate and to witness the joining of Gina and Jimmy in marriage. As they promise to love, trust in that love, and honor one another as individuals, as they look forward, with joy, to spending the rest of their lives together. They are surrounded by you – their family. Thank you for gathering here to witness their marriage and to share in the joy of this special occasion.
Let us begin by welcoming in the presence of God in each of us.
Dear Heavenly Father: As we lift into the loving that joins us together as one,
Let us surround Gina and Jimmy with our love, our prayers, and our best wishes for them on this, their wedding day, and throughout their journey together as wife and husband. In your blessed name we pray. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Gina and Jimmy, today, as you two are joined in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities and potentials of your married life are great. We join with you in hoping you make real your dreams! That you are reborn in each other as you share your love and dreams, wants and desires and together are enriched by them. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great joy, and also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life. There was a time when your lives were two separate paths. Gradually, they were joined as you grew closer together. Today, you proclaim to the world your choice to stay on the same path together. May you be enriched by the unique view of the other!
Jimmy will now share a poem entitled “Today I Marry My Best Friend”:
Today I marry my best friend:
The one I have laughed and cried with,
The one I have learned from and shared with,
The one I have chosen to support, encourage and give myself to,
Through all the days, given to us to share,
Today I marry the one I love.
And now Gina will share from Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.
Gina and Jimmy have written their own vows. Jimmy will go first.
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."
Will you, Jimmy, keep Gina as your favorite person — to laugh with her, go on adventures with her, support her through life's tough moments, be proud of her, grow old with her, and find new reasons to love her every day?
Will you, Gina, keep Jimmy as your favorite person — to laugh with him, go on adventures with him, support him through life's tough moments, be proud of him, grow old with him, and find new reasons to love him every day?
Will you, Gina and Jimmy, be each other's partners from this day forward? Will you bring out the best in one another, share your happiest moments together, and love each other absolutely — for the rest of this lifetime and for whatever may come next?
Gina and Jimmy, you have made your vows to each other. And now Gina would like to make a vow to Jim's daughter.
I am so happy that I am joining your family. I want you to know that I will always protect you, care for you, love you, and I promise to always be there for you. I love you.
Maggie, could you please present the rings…
Bless, O Lord, These rings To be signs Of the vows By which this man And this woman Have bound themselves To each other. Amen.
Jimmy, please repeat after me: Gina, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and lifelong devotion, wear it and know that I will always love you.
Gina, please repeat after me: Jimmy, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and lifelong devotion, wear it and know that I will always love you.
Gina and Jimmy,
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’s 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 God bless and keep you always.\
By the power vested in me by the state of Indiana I now pronounce you Husband and Wife! You may kiss your bride!! Introducing Mr. and Mrs...!
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.