Monday, July 28, 2008

Recap: The Ceremony

Here is our ceremony in it's entirety. Tai cried though the whole thing!
We are gathered here in this beautiful place to witness the joining of Linda and Tai in marriage. They particularly wanted to invite you here because of their sense of spirituality and the growth of their love is connected to this place. They wanted to share with you the beauty of this place because this is where they have made their home.During their time together they have come here on days like this one, and walked quietly through the trails, listening to the wind in the pines, their time spent in nature has been a time of connectedness of shared reverence for the world and a deepening respect and love for one another. It is this sense of timelessness and peace that they wanted to share with you on this their wedding day.
As you enjoy the beauty of this place please take a moment for reflection and quiet prayer to open your hearts and minds to the love and togetherness we are here to share through this ceremony. You may also want to take a moment to remember those loved ones who are not with us today especially Linda’s mother, Connie, and Tai’s grandfather, Ben. Today we form a circle of love around Linda and Tai as they enter into marriage. To last their marriage must be a consecration of each to the other and of both to wider community of which they a part. That community starts with each and everyone of you their loved ones. Through their act of marriage, Linda and Tai have gathered you around them like a comforting blanket, forming their community of love and support as they move forward into a shared life as marriage partners. Now let us share in a moment of silently extending our blessing to Linda and Tai for loving, healthy, and happy marriage.Tai, Linda, please join hands.Tai: Linda, I offer you my Love. I offer you my strength. I offer you my weaknesses. I offer you my support. I offer you my loyalty. I offer you my faith, for as long as we both shall live.
Linda: Tai, I offer you my Love. I offer you my strength. I offer you my weaknesses. I offer you my support. I offer you my loyalty. I offer you my faith, for as long as we both shall live.
May I please have the rings?
Rings are adornments carefully chosen for their beauty and simplicity. They quietly sit upon our fingers, reminding us of the power of love and the pledge of the wearer to his or her partner to be faithful and true, and to nurture their love so it will last a lifetime. Linda and Tai, may these ring be for you always be your most treasured adornment and may the love they symbolize be your most treasured possession.
Tai please this ring on Linda’s finger
Tai: This ring is my gift you. May it always remind you that from this day forward you will be surrounded my love.Linda place this ring on Tai’s finger.
Linda: This is my gift to you. May it always remind you that from this day forward you will be surrounded by love.Linda and Tai our best wishes go forward from this day with you. We wish for you a fulfilling life, rich in caring and in happiness. We wish for you a gentle and peaceful life that nurtures and comforts you. We wish for you a noble life, which reflects your honesty, kindness, and integrity. We wish for you a adventuresome life exploring the fullness of your own and each others true selves.
Linda and Tai, there is a wonderful life a head of you. Live it fully. Love it’s changes and choices. Let life amaze you and bring you great joy.
And now, by the power vested in us by the State of Washington, we pronounce you husband and wife! You may now kiss the bride.
Join us in welcoming Linda & Tai!
All pictures by Andrew Sengul.

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE what you guys said to each other while exchanging rings!! It's perfect, and I've never heard that before! I may have to steal it.... ;-)
    Your ceremony sounds like it was beautiful! And I love the pictures of you two.

    Congratulations (again)!

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  2. Thank you for sharing the whole ceremony, I love the words!

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