Our little ceremony was held by the Chattahoochee River at Canoe. While it was a beautiful day, it was also a bit chilly and windy.
I let the Maids of Honor pick their dresses, with the only stipulation being they were in the same navy color (David's Bridal's "Marine"). I wanted them to be comfortable with what they were wearing. I also let them decide their hairstyle and makeup and shoes. However, I did force them to wear some vintage earrings I had bought. :)
Dad was successful - I didn't fall on my face or trip! Yay - Fear #62 didn't happen!
GREETING & OPENING WORDS
CHRIS: Welcome! Brandy and Matt would like to warmly welcome all that have taken the time to make their way to this special event. They appreciate your support and are so thankful to share this momentous day with their favorite people.
We are gathered here today, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with Brandy and Matt, and their friends and families the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives.
The reality is that everyone's life is limited to only a certain amount of time. As Robert Green Ingersoll said, "The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here." Take the time to make your partner feel special. Never take each other for granted. Take the time to listen and to share. Give each other the benefit of the doubt because communication will be different at times and misunderstandings are inevitable. Be flexible and willing to adapt well to changes and new circumstances. It takes time, effort, courage, and commitment to make a successful marriage. Ideally, you will never stop building your relationship. Together you will find new ways to enhance each others lives while finding greater happiness and meaning in your own. May you find in each day some opportunity to express how deeply you adore one another.
Matt and Brandy have asked Matt's Godmother, Nancy, to
share a poem by Charles Baxter called the Feast of Love.
WINE BOX CEREMONY
CHRIS: At this time I'd like to draw your attention to the box beside Brandy and Matt. They have written letters to each other expressing their feelings as they begin their marriage. They have detailed why they fell in love and what they truly admire about the other person. These letters have not yet been read. We will include these letters in the box along with a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. Together they will seal the box, and on the happy occasion of their 5th anniversary, they will open the box, and read the letters. By reading these love letters, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the reasons that you fell in love with each other.
Larry, the father of the bride and the creator of this wine box, will you please bring up the letters.
Brandy and Matt, I now ask you to place the letters in the box and seal it shut.
CHRIS: May the happiness you share today be with you always and may every word you have pledged here be a living truth in your lives.
It is my honor to present to you, for the first time as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Lastname!
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