Wedding Vows

Vows
Our own ceremony

This is the final draft copy of the wedding ceremony we wrote. We wrote it ourselves and it was performed by Jeffrey Witherspoon of A New Way of Hope Weddings in Canton, Ohio. We will have a video of it sometime in the future as my wedding gift from my best friends sister. There are a few things missing, but this is the important part.

Minister:

“We have come here today as family and friends to uphold William and Angela, as they make their vows of marriage. We celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other and we support their decision to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives. William and Angela have asked everyone to be here today to witness and celebrate their union.

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People have many different ideas of what goes into a happy marriage. To William and Angela, some of the ingredients are:

  • Love, the indescribable feeling that you simply know by feeling it.
  • Hope, of all the good things and all the good years to come.
  • Strength, the strength of two hearts, minds, and bodies united against whatever may come.
  • Forever, making the commitment to spend the rest of their lives together.

These two know and feel all of these things when they look into each others’ eyes. Thus it is my pleasure to unite them in marriage, witnessed by of all of you today.”

Minister turns to us and says:

“Is there anything you would like to say before we continue with the ceremony?”

Angela:

“I would like to have a moment of silence for the loved ones who could not be with us today- my Mom and Dad, Pam and Blake, my Aunt Paula, and my grandparents.”

William:

“As well as my grandmother Theresa.”

(Moment of silence.)

(Minister hands Bride and Groom a stone.)

Minister:
“These stones represent the burdens that you each have borne throughout your lives to this point. I ask you both at this time to cast aside these burdens you have carried, so that you may be united in matrimony, knowing that all future hardships will be lessened through your union.”

(Throw the stones into the lake together.)

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Vows:
Angela: “I Angela take you William to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

William: “I William take you Angela to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

Minister:

“Do you William and Angela, promise to work with each other and build this love, speak openly and honestly, to listen to one another, maintain the respect and trust that has grown between the two of you, and to love and cherish one another for all your days ahead?  If so, say, ‘We do.’”

Bride and Groom:

“We Do!”

Minister:

“What tokens have you?”

(The best man/maid of honor presents the rings to the Minister)

(Exchange of rings)

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Minister:

“William, take this ring and place it on Angela’s left hand.

Minister: (to the Bride)

“Do you accept this ring with love and joy, acknowledging that as this ring has no end, neither shall your commitment to William, from this day and forevermore?”

Bride:

“I DO”

Minister: (to the Groom)

“William Repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge unto you, my love and faithfulness, from this day forward, always and forever.”

Minister:

“Angela, take this ring and place it on William’s left hand.”

Minister: (to the Groom)

“Do you accept this ring with love and joy, acknowledging that as this ring has no end, neither shall your commitment to Angela, from this day and forevermore?”

Groom:

“I DO”

Minister: (to the Bride)

“Angela, repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed and pledge unto you, my love and faithfulness, from this day forward, always and forever.”

Minister:

“We have come together in this place and heard the willingness of Angela and William to be joined in marriage.  They have come of their own free will, and in our hearing, have made a covenant of faithfulness.  They have given and received a ring as the seal of their promises. I now, by the authority granted to me by the State of Ohio pronounce Angela and William husband and wife.

Minister:

“You may kiss the bride”

Minister:

“Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you Mr. & Mrs. William & Angela Bergmann”

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(End of ceremony)

“The bride and groom would ask that you enjoy yourselves around the grounds and house until the reception begins, which will be in approximately 45 minutes.”