Luis and Sheridan's Commitment Ceremony


The following is from Luis and Sheridan's Commitment Ceremony in Mexico.

(Sheridan is brought to the church by Martin, Katherine and Paloma. Inside she finds Luis standing at the altar)

Luis: Will you make me the happiest man alive? Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife? 

Sheridan: Do you really need to ask Luis? 

Luis: I love you. I have always loved you. I figure if I can spend every day with you, we can have the life that I have always dreamed of. I want to care for you. I want to grow old with you. All you have to do is say yes. 

Sheridan: Yes, yes, yes! It has always been yes! 

(Preparations are made for the ceremony. Sheridan asks Paloma and Katherine/Mrs. Wheeler to be her maid and matron of honor. Luis asks Martin/Mr. Wheeler to be his best man. Martin walks Sheridan down the isle).

Luis: Thank you everybody for coming. Now as you may or may not know we do not have a priest with us today to officially bless our wedding, so we're just going to have to make do without one. I organized this celebration today because I could not wait one more minute to share with the world, and with you, how much I love you and how much I want to make you my wife. 

Sheridan: I feel the same way. 

Luis: This is not the first time that we've stood in front of the altar in an attempt to make our commitment official. Thankfully, no matter how many obstacles were placed before us, we never gave up. Today nothing is going to stop us. So before God, before our family and our friends, I'm asking you to be my wife and spend the rest of your life with me. I want to love you and care for you and have children with you and grow old with you. That is, if you'll have me? 

Sheridan: Yes Luis yes! Nothing will ever come between us again. 

Sheridan: Well, now what? 

Luis: The vows of course. 

Sheridan: Oh. 

Luis: I didn't have much time to prepare for this. 

Sheridan: Yeah, about a half an hour the way I figure it. 

(laughter from the crowd)

Luis: Well, the important thing is that we are both safe and sound, and after everything that's happened the last few years that alone is a miracle. 

(cheers and applause from the crowd)

Luis: We stand here today stronger than ever, and that fact can only be attributed to the grace of God. I'm flying by the seat of my pants here folks. I kept trying to think of ways to tell you how much I love you, and suddenly I realized that somebody had already expressed it much better than I ever could. Her name was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and luckily  Mr. Wheeler had a copy of her work on his bookshelf. And so she wrote . . . .

(Luis begins to recite the poem "How Do I Love Thee." Martin begins to think about his wedding to Pilar)

Sheridan: Well, I guess I should just speak from the heart. We had the rockiest start of any two people I know. We actually, we couldn't stand each other, and then it just sort of went downhill from there. Luis thought I was an arrogant snob, and I thought he was an over-controlling bully.

(We see flashbacks of when Sheridan and Luis first met, Luis pulled her over for speeding. We also see some of their other early fights)

Sheridan: Until one day I realized that as much as I couldn't stand the thought of spending any time with him, I only wanted to be around him. I love you Luis. I want your face to be the first thing I see every morning I wake up and the last thing I see before I lay my head down on that pillow at night next to yours to dream the dreams that we share together. I want to spend every day with you until I die, and even after death I want to be with you. I believe it was the 'Song of Solomon' that says "my beloved is mine and I am his." I want to be yours Luis, forever, because I was just a shell of a person until I met you. I believe I was born to be your wife, and that is why I pledge to you my truth, with all of my heart, all of my soul. I want to be your wife. I want to bare your children. Come and grow old with me. The best is yet to be.

(Luis and Sheridan kiss, rose petals fall from the ceiling)


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