Leonie and David today you celebrate one of life’s greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as you join together in vows of marriage.
A quote from Rainer Rilke
For one human being to love another human being; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. Loving at first does not mean merger, surrender and uniting with another person. Love is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in ourselves, to become a world in ourselves for the sake of another person. Love is a great, demanding claim on us, something that chooses us and calls us to vast distances.
Will you David, take Leonie to be your wife? Will you treasure your friendship and love her always? Will you trust her and support her in all that you do and keep your heart and mind open to her? Will you love and support her physically and, for better or for worse, stand by her faithfully?
David: I will.
Will you Leonie, take David to be your husband? Will you treasure your friendship and love him always? Will you trust him and support him in all that you do and keep your heart and mind open to him? Will you love and support him physically and, for better or for worse, stand by him faithfully?
Leonie: I will.
Exchange of rings
Leonie, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. May it remind you always of the promises we have made here today.
David, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. May it remind you always of the promises we have made here today.
Leonie and David, just as two very different threads woven in opposite directions can form a beautiful tapestry, so can your two lives merge together to form a very beautiful marriage. To make your marriage work will take love. Love should be the core of your marriage, love is the reason you are here. But, it also will take trust – to know in your hearts you want the best for each other. It will take dedication – to stay open to one another; to learn and to grow together even when this is not always so easy to do. It will take faith – to always be willing to go forward to tomorrow, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring. And it will take commitment – to hold true to the journey you both now pledge to share together.
Leonie and David, with the exchanging of rings and vows, the declaring of your love for one another and acceptance of each other as husband and wife, I now declare you to be Husband and Wife.
Congratulations, you may kiss the bride.
Thank you for such a beautiful ceremony. I found the experience daunting but your kind words on the day made it so much easier.