Small Home Wedding

The Wedding of Alan and Caitlin

Good afternoon. Today, in the beautiful home they have created together, and in the presence of their dear friends and family, we meet to witness and seal the marriage of Alan and Caitlin.

Marriage is a promise, created by two people who love each other; this promise will take a lifetime to fulfill. Within the circle of these two men’s love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. It is a union in which Alan and Caitlin will become 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 our friends and families as well.

 STATEMENT OF INTENTION

What marriage offers lovers is the lifelong opportunity to be each himself, and yet another; to face the world with strength and with 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.

Alan, are you here willingly to be joined in marriage with Caitlin?

ALAN: I AM.

Caitlin, are you here willingly to be joined in marriage with Alan?

CAITLIN: 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 or its obligations responsibilities.

Please join hands.

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

These hands are the hands of your dearest friend, strong and full of love for you – holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other. These are the hands that will work alongside yours to build your future.

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

Alan, no matter what life brings, do you promise to respect and care for Caitlin, to grow with him, in both laughter and in tears, to keep him as your dearest love and best friend, pledging to be faithful always, and to give your best to fulfill your lives together?

ALAN: I DO.

Caitlin, no matter what life brings, do you promise to respect and care for Alan, to grow with him, in both laughter and in tears, to keep him as your dearest love, and best friend, pledging to be faithful always, and to give your best to fulfill your lives together?

CAITLIN: I DO

The rings, please.

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.

Alan, please repeat after me:

CAITLIN, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS RING AS A TOKEN OF MY LOVE. … WITH THIS RING, AND WITH ALL MY HEART, I THEE WED.

Caitlin, please repeat after me:

ALAN, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS RING AS A TOKEN OF MY LOVE. … WITH THIS RING, AND WITH ALL MY HEART, I THEE WED.

DECLARATION

Alan and Caitlin, so much as you have spoken your promises, have joined hands and exchanged the signs of your commitment each to each in the presence of this company … then by the authority given to me by the City and State of New York, I know pronounce you husband and wife.

Please seal this ceremony with your first kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Jennings.