Sunset Wedding Ceremony
Greeting / Welcoming Words
GROOM and BRIDE, you have come here to this beautiful place to make a commitment to one another. A commitment of love and friendship, and a commitment to share your life together as husband and wife.
Today, the vows you will take are beautiful words representing even more beautiful intentions. But you will find that as you live these vows over the years, investing your time and your love and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous, because there will be someone to share those joys with.
Marriage is an expression of love and respect between two people, and trust and faith in the future. But the union of husband and wife is also an alliance against the challenges and difficulties of life… a promise that when life gets tough, it will only be half as bad, because there will be someone by your side to help carry the burden. And when life grants you happiness, it will be more joyous because you have someone to share it with.
Blessing of the Sea
BRIDE and GROOM, as we stand by the ocean, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never-ending waves that break before us, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea. Your love came softly upon each other’s hearts, just as the sea foam lies softly before us, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow, may there never be a day without your love for each other.
As the tides ebb and flow so to, do the fortunes of life. Footprints in the sand are washed away, driftwood moves on its endless quest for a peaceful harbor. Only a deep and abiding love can withstand the tides of change in two lives.
Pledge yourselves to each other this day, and promise to be as faithful and dependable as the tide. Just as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.
The Charge / Question of Intention
GROOM and BRIDE, you stand before me having requested that I join you in marriage. Do you both do this of your own free will? (We do)
The vows you will now take are a solemn pledge of love and affirm your love for one another as you join in marriage. Please face each other and join hands.
GROOM/BRIDE, if it is your wish to be the husband/wife of BRIDE/GROOM, then please repeat after me:
I, GROOM/BRIDE, take you, BRIDE/GROOM, to be my wife/husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. With my earnest and complete devotion, I give you my love.
BRIDE and GROOM, may your love be based on freedom. For though your hands touch, it is your hearts that hold. Love is not a wall; it is a bridge. Love does not confine; it sets you free. It leads, as a pathway, winding, to places unknown and mysterious. With love to light the way, you can meet any challenge together.
Exchange of Wedding Rings
GROOM and BRIDE, you have shared promises here in my presence. Do you have a token or symbol which you wish to exchange? (We do)
Your rings are precious because you wear them with love. They symbolize your commitment in marriage. They remind you of who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are as individuals, but also who you are as a couple.
GROOM/BRIDE, please give your ring to BRIDE/GROOM and repeat these words:
GROOM/BRIDE, this ring I give you
Is a symbol of my love
I pledge to share with you my heart,
My life and my love, from this day forward.
Pronouncement as Husband and Wife
GROOM and BRIDE, you have expressed your commitment to one another, and exchanged rings so that you never forget where you have been and where you are going. By these acts you have become husband and wife.
According to the laws of the state of California andt he authority vested in me, I hereby pronounce that you are husband and wife.
You may seal your promise with a kiss.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my great honor and pleasure to present to you for the first time as a married couple, GROOM and BRIDE, husband and wife!