Couple Photo: Park Avenue Studio

Opening Words

“Welcome everyone! It is such a wonderful feeling to be here with Shannon and Dale… two people very much in love, ready and appreciative, to celebrate the beginnings of what will be an extraordinary marriage.

Tyrion Lannister once said; “It’s not easy being drunk all day. If it were easy, everyone would do it!“ And while that seems to be a pretty poor quote for a wedding… if we interpret “drunk” to be steeped in unwavering appreciation, then to be drunk on love, every day, and stay that way for a lifetime… despite the Winds of War, or the Dance of Dragons…. This can actually be seen as quite a noble endeavor! And perhaps it does have something to do with marriage after all… Or at least when you love Game of Thrones as much as our Bride and Groom do!

Shannon and Dale, you share a love of music, video games… Poke-mon in particular… of family and of Bear… Over the last 9 years, you have created a beautiful life together.

When Shakespeare wrote: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” I like to think that he understood how a love like yours makes two people invincible. Yet marriage and life are full of twists and turns…. And happiness is often less about the events that surround us… but how we choose to look at things. You have always chosen the view that nurtures the joyful and playful spirit of your relationship. You see the world in terms of “we“ and “our“ and have never mistaken opportunities for obstacles. You already exemplify the best of what marriage offers and today you promise that this will always be so.

So I will ask you now if you are prepared to make these promises.

Shannon, Have you come here today with love in your heart to take Dale to be your husband, that you may live together as equal partners sharing all that life has to offer?”

Shannon: “I have.”

“Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him all the days of your life?”

Shannon: “I will.”

“Dale, Have you come here today with love in your heart to take Shannon to be your wife, that you may live together as equal partners sharing all that life has to offer?”

Dale: “I have.”

“Will you love her comfort her, honor and keep her all the days of your life?”

Dale: “I will.”

“Shannon and Dale, living by these promises that you make this day, may your lives be graced with love and laughter, with wisdom and wonder… and may your marriage be the adventure of a lifetime.”

Welcoming of the Guests

“It is not often enough in today’s world that we have the opportunity to gather all those who mean the most to us together in one place. Therefore, Shannon and Dale would like to thank you all for taking time out of your schedules and all preparations that you’ve made to ensure that Shannon and Dale were surrounded by this beautiful outpouring of love and support as they made their vows to take one another for better or for worse but never for granted. These memories created today, they are the fabric of life itself, sewn together with threads of laughter and tears… To be able to stand here now and see their joy reflected back at them in the eyes and smiles of all of you…. who know them best and love them most… it is a gift beyond compare. It is a vision of the love and support that surrounds them every day… but rarely do we get to see and claim as our own… that is nothing short of inspiring. For loving them, supporting them, for the yesterdays that have helped to make them who they are… and all the tomorrows yet to come… Shannon and Dale thank you from the bottom of their hearts… and love you more than words can express.”

From, “The Chaos of the Stars”

by Kiersten White

“Shannon and Dale described their vision of this day as being simple and elegant, short and sweet… Yet meaningful enough to represent the magnitude of the promises they make this day. In “The Chaos of The Stars” Kiersten White wrote:

I didn’t fall in love with you.
I walked into love with you,
with my eyes wide open,
choosing to take every step along the way.
I do believe in fate and destiny,
but I also believe we are only fated
to do the things that we’d choose anyway.
And I’d choose you;
In a hundred lifetimes,
In a hundred worlds,
In any version of reality,
I’d find you and I’d choose you.

Shannon and Dale, this reading seems to have captured both the intensity of the connection you share and the lightness of being with which you make your promises to be together in all ways and forever.”

Presentation of the Rings

“May we have the rings please?”

couple is given the rings

“If you will, please take a moment to look at your rings before you exchange them. In these… your last moments before making your vows… this is the last time that these rings are ever going to be simply a piece of jewelry… While they are beautiful as they are now… they did not begin as bands. They came from raw materials, just as your marriage came from friendship, trust, respect, understanding and enjoyment of one another. The most beautiful thing about your rings won’t be something visible to the eye… It will be all the love and the trust, the honesty and integrity, the memories…. that you embody them with as you wear them every day as a faithful husband and wife.”

Ring Vows

“Dale, do you take Shannon
to be your lawfully wedded wife,
To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better or for worse, For richer or for poorer,
In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish,
Until death do you part?”

Dale: “I do.”

“Please place the ring on Shannon’s finger and repeat after me…”

Dale places the ring half way on to Shannon’s finger

“On this day, I give you my heart, My promise,
That I will walk with you, Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads,
Living, learning, loving,
I am yours, and you are mine,
Until the sun rises in the West, and sets in the East,
Until the seas go dry,
And the mountains blow in the wind like leaves,
From this day, till the end of our days.”

Dale places the ring the rest of the way on to Shannon’s finger

“Shannon, do you take Dale
to be your lawfully wedded husband,
To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better or for worse, For richer or for poorer,
In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish,
Until death do you part?”

Shannon: “I do.”

“Please place the ring on Dale’s finger and repeat after me…”

Shannon places the ring half way onto Dale’s finger

“On this day, I give you my heart, My promise,
That I will walk with you, Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads,
Living, learning, loving,
I am yours, and you are mine,
Until the sun rises in the West, and sets in the East,
Until the seas go dry,
And the mountains blow in the wind like leaves,
From this day, till the end of our days.”

Shannon places the ring the rest of the way onto Dale’s finger

Pronouncement

“Shannon and Dale, as you are the Moon of his life, he shall be your Sun and Stars. Your love shall be as ever present as those 2 celestial bodies… Who, even though they are sometimes hidden from one another’s sight are forever connected by rays of light. Your love will be the guiding force that boldly charts the course of all of your tomorrows, holds your world together in difficult times, and will make life itself shine bolder and brighter that we human beings have a right to dream of.

May you be unwavering allies, and face every trial as though Winter is coming, standing together till the last watch.

And now that you’ve made your vows and promises of love and faithfulness before these witnesses, and exchanged rings of commitment as a testimony to that love, it is my honor and privilege to pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your beautiful Bride!”

Couple kiss and exit to greet their guests!