Garden Wedding

Garden Wedding Vows for Ellen and David

Welcome, all, to this special sanctuary – it represents both beauty and fruitfulness. But today it is also our chapel. We in attendance are joyous that we can share this most significant of life’s passages with you, Ellen and David; knowing you is a privilege for everyone here. Including me.

Marriage is the supreme sharing of experience, an adventure in the most intimate of relationships. Today it is the joyous uniting of Ellen and David who want, more than anything else, to live a life of peacefulness, authenticity, and passion together, and to keep their commitment primary.

It is through life’s experiences, both joyful and tragic, that we come to know and embrace the persons we are, gifted in many brilliant ways, but incomplete in others. And if we are truly lucky, we will find our counterpart, he or she who provides us the balance we need to become complete.

Ellen and David, you will continue to provide one another balance through your opposites and your differing talents and gifts. The greatest gift you have, to give one another, is the gift of yourself.

The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote of her husband Robert, “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need.” And it is in every day’s quiet need where you will provide nourishment to each other and, with that, enrich each other’s lives.

Ellen and David, are you presenting yourselves here today to be joined in marriage?

BOTH: WE ARE

David, please repeat after me:

DAVID: I, DAVID, TAKE YOU, ELLEN, TO BE MY WIFE … TO HAVE AND TO HOLD FROM THIS DAY FORWARD … FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER, FOR POORER … IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, TO CHERISH YOU FOREVER. … I PROMISE YOU THIS WITH ALL MY HEART.

Ellen, please repeat after me:

ELLEN: I, ELLEN, TAKE YOU, DAVID, TO BE MY HUSBAND … TO HAVE AND TO HOLD FROM THIS DAY FORWARD … FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER, FOR POORER … IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, TO CHERISH YOU FOREVER. … I PROMISE YOU THIS WITH ALL MY HEART.

May we have the rings, please?

David, please repeat after me:

DAVID: THIS RING, A GIFT FOR YOU, ELLEN … SYMBOLIZES MY DESIRE THAT YOU BE MY WIFE FROM THIS DAY FORWARD … AND FOREVER. …
ELLEN, WITH THIS RING, I THEE WED.

Ellen, please repeat after me:

ELLEN: THIS RING, A GIFT FOR YOU, DAVID … SYMBOLIZES MY DESIRE THAT YOU BE MY HUSBAND FROM THIS DAY FORWARD … AND FOREVER. …
DAVID, WITH THIS RING, I THEE WED.

As David and Ellen have consented together in marriage before these witnesses, have pledged their faithfulness to one another, and have declared their unity by the giving and receiving of rings … then by the authority vested in me by the city and state of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Please kiss.