John and Marlena's 99 Wedding Vows

This wedding took place on Tuesday, July 6, 1999.

The service is turned over to John and Marlena after they say their "I Dos"

Marlena: We've often thought of our family as a garden of flowers, each child is is unique, beautiful, cherished, in their own way.

John: And we would like to symbolically build a bouquet of our family, and in doing so we would like to re-commit ourselves to each other.

Marlena: Belle is our daisy, she's our sunshine, and she lights us up with her smile.

John: and she brightens our day with her joyfulness and love of fun.

John: Brady, your our sunflower, your bold, adventurous.

Marlena: He'll tackle anything that comes in his way. He inspires us with his courage and high spirits.

Marlena: Then there is our rose, our rose. When the climate is cold, the bud closes up. But when it's light and warm, the bud opens and it's a revelation.

John: It's a huge generous heart, with all the beauty nature has to offer.

MArlena: That would be our Samantha.

John: Let's see, we have a snapdragon. Daring, headstrong, smart.

Marlena: Keeps all the other flowers on their toes too. We are always touched by his capacity for love and loyalty.

John: That would be Eric.

Marlena: And last we have an orchid. Beautiful, fragile.

John: She needs loving attention, and she deserves it.

Marlena: That would be Carrie. We can't claim her, genetically, but we raised her together and we are so proud of the graceful substantial women she has become.

John: And we are all better people for having you in our lives Carrie.

Marlena: She is, she always will be, the child of our hearts.

John and Marlena then light the center candle of the bouquets to symbolize the unifying power of their love, joining their family together.

Everyone reads from First Corinthians: Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love is not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It always protects, it always trusts, it always hopes, it always perseveres. Love never fails.

Next is the vows.

Marlena: John what I chose to say to you is from the Song of Solomon. It signifies to me the end of bad times, the beginning of the good times. Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away, for lo the winter has past, the rains are over and gone, the flowers are appearing on earth, and the time for signing birds has come. My beloved is mine, and I am his until dawn breaks and the shadows fade. Turn my beloved and be thou ever mine. I really do feel as though our winter has past, our bad times are over, and the good times are beginning. Now I know that nobody can ever promise what the future will bring, but I will make you one solemn vow. I will love you no matter what, whether rain or drought or sun or storm, whatever comes, I will laugh with you, weep with you, celebrate with you, and morn with you. Whatever comes, I am yours my love, until death part us.

John: No wonder we are getting married because I chose a poem also. It is about a hundred years old and what it does is capture the essence of how I felt the first time I saw you. And I was never struck before that hour with love so sudden and so sweet. Her face it blossomed like a flower and stole my heart away complete. Are flowers winters choice, is loves bed always snow, she always seemed to hear my silent voice let loves appeal to know.I never saw so sweet a face as though before me stood. My heart has left its dwelling place, can return no more. That sums it up Doc. I fell in love with you the first moment I laid eyes on you, and from that moment till now, well I think its safe that a lot water has gone under the bridge. We experienced sadness, a lot of pain, but somehow through it all our love was strong enough to endure, and everything we've been through. My love for you has never changed, and I know it never will. So that brings up to today, and I can stand here in front my family, and my friends, and I can promise you that I will love you until I die. I am going to be a good husband to you. I am going to honor you, I am going to protect you, I'm going to care for you, and I'm going to make your cares my cares, I'm going to make your sorrows my sorrows, and by damn I'm going to make your triumphs my triumphs. And I'm going to grow old with you, and love and joy in all the great stuff life has to offer, until death parts us.

John (with ring in hand): This gold ring is a symbol of my love and fidelity to you, its made from a precious medal, in the shape of a circle, which has no beginning and no end. And so is my love for you, it is precious and never ending. As this ring encircles your finger, never forget that your love encircles my heart.

Marlena (with ring in hand): This gold ring is a symbol of my love and fidelity to you, its made of precious medal, formed in the shape of a circle, which has no beginning and no end. As my love for you, it's precious and unending. As this ring encircles your finger, always remember, your love encircles my heart.

The priest pronounces them man and wife.

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