Nature Wedding Ceremony
Declaration of Consent
Who brings this woman to join with this man in marriage?
Greeting / Welcoming Words
We are gathered here today to witness the exchange of sacred vows to unite GROOM and BRIDE as one.
This unity is not entered into lightly, but is a simple reflection of their sincerity and commitment to each other as witnessed by the Earth beneath us, the sky above us, the sea beyond us, and the spirit within us.
While faith may bless, and the state may make this commitment legal, neither state nor faith can create or invalidate this union. It is a sacred commitment between these two people responsible only unto each other, held true by their values and beliefs.
This is not the first cycle of their lives together. Rather than start anew, this ceremony represents to GROOM and BRIDE a new season. Just as spring is a time of beginnings, and summer is a time of growth, this cycle represents the harvest of growth, maturity, and abiding respect.
Past successes, failures, disappointments and joy simply nourish this harvest, providing a rich and stable place from which to grow together as the cycle of life continues.
The Charge / Question of Intent
BRIDE and GROOM, marriage is one of the most precious occasions in life when we are presented with a profound opportunity to enter the timeless dimension of love. It emphasizes and reminds us that our lives have meaning and purpose beyond the day-to-day affairs of worldly life and that love is the strongest bond, the greatest joy and the sweetest nourishment we can ever experience.
Every experience you have ever had, everything you have ever done, and everything you have ever learned has brought you to this moment as you now stand before each other and your friends and family.
Believing that you understand something of the reason for marriage as it has been revealed to you, are you ready now to confirm your commitment to each other in marriage? (We are)
Before we come to the exchange of vows, I will ask each of you your intent.
GROOM, do you take BRIDE to be your wedded wife? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore? (I do)
BRIDE, do you take GROOM to be your wedded husband? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore? (I do)
To your wedding ceremony we bring joy, happiness, and the hopes and dreams for a marriage filled with life, love and laughter. Your wedding day will be remembered as one of the most joyful days of your life and may you begin your journey with the support and love of your family and friends here today.
The vows you will now take are an everlasting solemn pledge of love and symbolize the unbroken perpetuity of your commitment to one another. Please face each other and join hands.
GROOM, if it is your desire to be the husband of BRIDE, then please repeat after me:
I, GROOM, because I love you, take you, BRIDE, to be my wife. I will share with you the many adventures of life together. I gift you with my love, my respect, and pledge to you, my care and commitment in times of joy and sorrow, for today and throughout the rest of our tomorrows. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again.
BRIDE, if it is your desire to be the wife of GROOM, then please repeat after me:
I, BRIDE, because I love you, take you, GROOM, to be my husband. I will share with you the many adventures of life together. I gift you with my love, my respect, and pledge to you, my care and commitment in times of joy and sorrow, for today and throughout the rest of our tomorrows. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again.
GROOM and BRIDE, from this day forward, may you live together in love, peace and happiness; may you grow each day in understanding and compassion. When you are apart, may you return to one another in togetherness. May the home you establish be a place of sanctuary, where many will find a friend. And may your love always be as beautiful as the sunset, as strong as the wind and as endless as the sea.
Exchange of Wedding Rings
A ring is an unbroken circle, a symbol of unity and love, representative of the greater circle of life of which we all spiritually are a part of. Having neither beginning nor end, but a continuous cycle of which you are an element. For you, it begins with the gift of life, and will continue through the end of time.
May I have the rings, please?
Will you, BRIDE, accept this ring as a loving symbol of GROOM’s vows this day? (I will)
Will you, GROOM, accept this ring as a loving symbol of BRIDE’s vows this day? (I will)
Benediction / Closing Blessing
And now, each in your own way of recognizing the divine, join me in reflection…
This is a sacred place, for here life is touched by love and love by life, radiating joy like the warmth from a fire. Here now, between GROOM and BRIDE lies hidden all the future of their lives together.
May that future be blessed with deepening love. May they trust each other wholly, as they trust themselves, so that together they are equal to the needs of their tomorrows.
May they be at home wherever they dwell, and gather wisdom from all the seasons of their lives. So shall it be.
Pronouncement as Husband and Wife
BRIDE and GROOM … in as much as you have each pledged to the other your lifelong commitment, love and devotion, with the authority vested in me by the State of California, I am delighted to pronounce you husband and wife.
GROOM, you may kiss your bride!
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you for the first time Mr. and Mrs. GROOM & BRIDE!