Family & Friends… we have been invited to this beautiful seaside location today to share with Chris Bonner and Libby Walsh… a very important moment in their lives. In the 3 ½ years they dated… their love and mutual admiration for each other has grown and matured… and now… they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife. You the audience play an important role in this auspicious day for Chris & Libby as witnesses to this union. If anyone is crazy enough to show just cause why these two love birds should not be joined together today… please stand so the SNIPER Chris hired can get a clean shot!
With that… who supports this woman in her marriage to this man?
For Chris & Libby… out of the routine of ordinary life… the extraordinary has happened. They met each other… fell in love (not right away mind you… I’m told she blew him off at their first encounter) but they obviously worked out some arrangement and are now finalizing it with their wedding today. I’m sure most of you would agree that romance is fun… I’ve been married for 32 years and I try to infuse a little romance and humor when I can… and I suggest you two follow my lead. BUT… true love is something far more… because a great marriage needs to be created… For example… the “little” things are the big things. It’s knowing when to hold hands (PAUSE)… when to crack a joke… when to say I love you before leaving the house… When to make that mean Lemon Chicken Chris when Libby’s to tired from cleaning the house all day (PAUSE) That was meant as a joke… she’s really messy!
It’s never going to sleep angry because the toilet seat was left up or down. It’s whispering words of appreciation and shouting out your gratitude. It’s having the capacity to forgive and forget… It’s giving each other the space to do whatever you enjoy alone but revel in sharing that which brings you happiness together. It’s not just marrying the right person… it’s being the right partner. It’s standing together and facing the world! Most importantly… it’s your desire to love each other for life… and that is what we are celebrating here today right?... Well… OK… maybe it’s also a good excuse to have a couple shots of whiskey in the process.
READING At this time… I would like to invite Chris’s daughter Coral to join us up front here for a reading.RINGS
It’s time now to exchange rings. Chris… we will begin with you… please look Libby in the eye… well maybe both eyes. They have asked that I read their vows and then they will confirm them.
I will take your love to give me hope… give me joy… and make me a better man. I vow to make you happy… make you laugh… to cherish you… and to always be there for you. I promise to be your navigator… sympathizer… sidekick… best friend… and your husband. Finally… I promise you myself.
Now place the ring on her left ring finger and repeat after me… Yeah… what he said… I mean… Libby I will be your soul mate for life?
Libby please gaze lovingly into Chris’s eyes. Libby has chosen an Old Irish Proverb as her vows to Chris… and it goes like this…
May you never steal, lie or cheat… but if you must steal… steal away my sorrows… if you must lie… lie with me all nights of my life… and if you must cheat… then cheat death because I could never live a single day without you.
Now place the ring on Chris’s ring finger and repeat after me… Chris I will be yours forever?
Unity Sand Ceremony
Libby… Chris… will you please now make your way over to the Unity Sand Table... While Patric… plays us another beautiful tune?
To make your relationship work it will take love LOVE.
This is the core of your marriage and why you are here today.
It will take trust, to know, that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.
It will take dedication, to stay open to one another - and to learn and grow together.
It will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.
And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.
I began my closing comment with saying it will take love… and to cap off this nuptial ceremony I would like to quote the famous contemporary poet… Hugh Anthony Craig III…
“The power of love is a curious thing… make a one man weep… make another man sing. Change a heart to a little white dove… more than a feeling that’s the power of love! Tougher than diamonds… whips like cream… stronger & harder than a bad girls dream. Make a bad one good… mmm make a wrong right. The power of love will keep you home at night.
Don’t need money… don’t take fame… don’t need no credit card to ride this train. It’s stronger and its sudden and it’s cruel sometimes… but it might just save your life… That’s the power of love… That’s the power of love!”
By the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife… You may kiss the bride.
Ladies & Gentlemen… may I present to you… the new Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Libby Bonner