Formal Ceremony

The Wedding of Samantha and Jonathan

We are gathered today – family and friends of this beautiful young couple – to witness the marriage of Jonathan and Samantha.

Marriage is a promise, created by two people who love each other; this promise will take a lifetime to fulfill. Within the circle of their
love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s lover, teacher, listener, critic
and best friend.

Through marriage, we give freely of ourselves, our lives and love, into the hands of the one we love. We do so trustingly and generously. And so, each of us receives a gift: the life and love of the other. We receive this gift, not only from the one we love, but also from the
parents who brought us into the world, and from our friends and families as well.

STATEMENT OF INTENTION

The privilege of husband and wife is to be each himself, herself and yet another; to face the world with the strength and the courage of
two. To make this relationship work, therefore, takes more than love. It takes trust, to know in your hearts that you want only the best for
each other. It takes dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow. And it takes belief in each other, to go forward together
building for the future. Samantha and Jonathan, would you please face each other and hold hands so that you may feel the gift that you are about to give and receive.

Look for a moment at the hands that you are holding.

These are the strong hands of your best friend, full of love for you and holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to live each
day for each other, today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the loving hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your
future.

As you hold Samantha’s hand, Jonathan, are you ready to take her as your wedded wife?

JONATHAN: I AM.

As you hold Jonathan’s hand, Samantha, are you ready to take him as your wedded husband?

SAMANTHA: I AM.

VOWS

No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. Both of you come to this
day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred, as are all of its obligations and responsibilities.

As you continue to build for your future, I will ask each of you to repeat after me and pledge your vow of marriage:

Jonathan would you please repeat after me?

JONATHAN:
NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS …
I PROMISE TO RESPECT AND CARE FOR SAMANTHA …
TO GROW WITH HER, IN BOTH LAUGHTER AND IN TEARS …
TO KEEP HER AS MY DEAREST LOVE, AND BEST FRIEND …
PLEDGING TO BE FAITHFUL ALWAYS …
AND GIVE MY BEST TO FULFILL OUR LIVES TOGETHER.

Samantha would you please repeat after me?

SAMANTHA:
NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS …
I PROMISE TO RESPECT AND CARE FOR JONATHAN …
TO GROW WITH HIM, IN BOTH LAUGHTER AND IN TEARS …
TO KEEP HIM AS MY DEAREST LOVE, AND BEST FRIEND …
PLEDGING TO BE FAITHFUL ALWAYS …
AND GIVE MY BEST TO FULFILL OUR LIVES TOGETHER.

RINGS

May we have the rings?

The circle has long been the symbol of everlasting love, without beginning or end. May these rings be the symbol of your everlasting
love for each other. They represent your uniqueness, yet celebrate the fact that you have chosen to bond together, to allow the presence of
another human being to enhance who you are.

As you wear them throughout your life together, they will reflect not only who you are, but also the loving union you are creating together.

Jonathan, please repeat after me …

SAMANTHA, WITH THIS RING I THEE WED … AND OFFER YOU MY COMPLETE LOVE AND DEVOTION FOR ALL MY
LIFE.

Samantha, please repeat after me …

JONATHAN, WITH THIS RING I THEE WED … AND OFFER YOU MY COMPLETE LOVE AND DEVOTION FOR ALL MY
LIFE.

Jonathan and Samantha, in as much as you have pledged your love for each other, and sealed those pledges by exchanging rings in the presence of this company … then by the authority vested in me by the city and state of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may kiss.