Jodi and Sandy booked their first day of summer wedding in the dead of winter! The two of them came in from Michigan accompanied my friends and family from all over. Sandy was a student in Indianapolis for part of their relationship which made it special to them. Indy is also centrally located between much of their family and friends which made it convenient for everyone.
I've married more than one couple that chose Indy as their destination wedding spot for that same reason. It's very easy to get married in Indy. It's less expensive than many surrounding states and there is no waiting period which makes it a great destination spot for a daytrip or a weekend. If you live in Tennessee, and you have family on Oklahoma and Wisconsin, Indy can be a very good options as a central meeting point.
Sany and Jodi's first choice of locations to elope in Downtown Indianapolis was Monument Circle. That was changed once we found out that there would be hundreds of people doing yoga at that time. We ended up marrying them on the Indy Canal Walk at the Ohio Street Basin. It was well located within walking distance to their hotel and the restaurant they'd chosen for dinner.
While wedding ceremonies are important, for most people, they've already made their commitment to one another and the actual wedding is to sign the papers and make everything legal. That makes it an excellent opportunity to have a little fun with the ceremony while celebrating their relationship and time with family and friends. That's exactly what Jody and Sandy did. I also thought it was pretty funny when Jodi's dad stopped to buy 3 bottles of water while escorting her down the steps to the wedding!
Jodi and Sandy's Wedding Ceremony Script
We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, the joining of Stacy and Jodi in marriage.
For them, out of the routine of ordinary life, and possibly a touch of friendly stalking, the extraordinary happened. They became inseparable, even while living a state apart they fell in love and are finalizing it with their wedding today. Romance is fun, but true love is something far more and it is their desire to love each other for life and that is what we are celebrating, as they promise to embrace conflicts as well as peace, to work as well as play, to struggle as well as coast, to give as well as receive, and to be with, stay with, and move toward one another.
But today is also a celebration for the rest of us, for it is a pleasure for us to see love in full bloom, and to participate in the union of two people so perfectly suited to one another, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. As you all hold a place in their hearts reserved for those that they have chosen to call family and friends they are deeply grateful for each and everyone here today.
Words about love and marriage
Corinthians One says that love is patient and kind. It is not jealous or boastful, not irritable or resentful, not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. It does not rejoice in the wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes in all things and endures all things. Love never ends. This marriage is a symbol of Stacy and Jodi’s commitment to that love.
Do you Stacy take Jodi as you partner for life, Do you Promise to always park on the top floor of parking ramps, Do you vow to take her in sickness and in health, in the happy and sad moments, Do you promise to love and honor her above all others, Do you promise to keep her safe and secure and always protect her and cherish her for all the days of your life?
Do you Jodi take Stacy as your life partner? Vow to continue taking his socks even when he buys you your own, vow to take him in sickness and in health, in the happy moments and sad moments, vow to support him even when his days are heavy, do you promise to love and honor him above all others for all the days of your life?
The fitting of this ring with its unending circle, symbolizes my everlasting love for you. The placing of this ring on your finger, is the fulfillment of my dreams, to have you as my best friend, my lover, my accomplice in mischief, my husband/wife to live as one forever.
Stacy and Jodi have come a long way from when they first met, to learning to thrive in a long distance relationship and actually getting engaged here in Indy to declaring their devotion to each other today..
The two of you are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever you go, may you always return to one another in your togetherness. May you two find in each other the love for which all humans long for. May you grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home that you establish be such a place of sanctuary that all who visit will find there a friend. May you always provide each other with a cherry coke and continuous inside jokes that the two of you may always giggle about together and may the Lord bless you and keep you forevermore.
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.