Weddings

Why a page devoted to weddings? Because love of any kind has power. Love, it brings us together. Plus, I love weddings. I am honored to have “married” a few people. Thinking of getting married? Need a minister? Please contact me and we can chat to see if we are a fit for your biggest day, yet.

Photo by http://www.karleekphotography.com/
“Good! You’re married!”

Below are excerpts from two wedding ceremonies I have performed along with some photo’s and contact info for photographers, stylists and venues.

The Ceremony of Taylor and Chris

photographer: http://www.karleekphotography.com

Thank you all for coming together today to celebrate the love between Taylor and Chris.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

“As you wish

MAWAGE, that bwessed awangment,

And wuv, tru wuv…”

A little gift from The Princess Bride

WELCOME!

HELLO! I’m Karen, a friend of Taylor and Chris and I am honored to be the minister to make this union legal.

Let’s all take a deep breath right now and relax a little.

With this incredible beauty surrounding us, we don’t want to miss this moment.

This is the central part of this most important day.

Let’s truly enjoy this time together. This might be the best day ever.

I would like to take a moment to recognize the family members of Chris and Taylor, and to thank you for your love, support and devotion to these two.

As most of you know, Chris and Taylor met in passing in N. Carolina where Chris was stationed and Taylor lived. They occasionally ran across each other for the next 6 or 7 years because they had mutual friends.

What sticks in Taylor’s mind though is the time Chris leaned across her through the passenger window of a car where she sat with their mutual friend, to talk to the driver and he completely ignored her. She thought it was a little rude, but noticed he had nice eyes.

Years go by and Taylor moves to Japan to be Ariel, The Little Mermaid at Tokyo Disney and that seemed like the end of the chance encounters with the soldier who had nice eyes.

One night Taylor was on the phone in her Tokyo apartment talking to her friend, Meeka, in Arizona, when Meeka said “Hey! I have someone for you to meet!” She put Chris on the phone and then mysteriously disappeared. Chris and Taylor talked for 2 hours that night. And continued to talk on the phone and through facebook for the next several months.

On August 28th, Taylor came home to Arizona to find Chris waiting in her driveway. They moved in together the following January.

5 years later, here we are!

In our first meeting about this day, I asked them what they loved about each other.

Taylor: he completes me in the actual sense. He’s my person. We are like a twin flame. He’s my best friend. I can’t imagine life without him. He helped me fix all the broken pieces.

Chris: She did the same for me…she’s pretty, she watches out for me. Oh crap. She’s just really beautiful. I didn’t know what to think when she Velcro’d my patches on my face. She’s cool. This is my kinda comedy.

Apparently, as Taylor and Chris pulled out of Taylor’s driveway on August 28th, she pulled the patches off his uniform, which stick on with Velcro, and stuck them all over his beard. This seems to be the defining moment in their relationship. It sounds hilarious to me.

Along with, Chris has a tattoo on his finger of a bomb. After Taylor “velcro’d” Chris, she flicked his bomb. This remains their handshake, but, it is reserved for special occasions.

How’s today looking    special enough? (they flicked)

I’ve known Taylor for years. We have dancing in common. I met Chris when he came along with Taylor for a dance rehearsal in my living room.

In this rehearsal, we were looking for lifts and catches to put into a dance for Taylor. Lifts and catches are hard to rehearse without a partner.

So, with out so much as a nano second heads up Taylor yelled “Chris” and threw herself in the air aimed at Chris. Several times. And never from the same direction or with any warning.

He caught her every time.

I believe this will always be the case in this relationship. Chris will always catch. Taylor will always trust.

The soldier and the dancing mermaid. It sounds like a fairy tale.

This ceremony is a symbol of the devotion and mutual respect which are within Taylor and Chris. It is a sacred personal union, that a state can make legal, but which only love creates and loyalty fulfills.

A passage Taylor and Chris love is from 1 Corinthians:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

If you will please honor this moment by bowing your heads.

Bless this marriage, Dear God, as Taylor and Chris begin their journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead for roads turn and bend. Help them to enjoy their journey and to make the best of whatever comes their way.

Help them to continue to play with each other just as they did when Taylor first stuck the Velcro patches to Chris’s beard. Please give Chris the strength to always catch Taylor when she comes flying into his arms.

Help them to respect each other’s opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they may not always understand them.

Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives. 

But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love’ that they now share so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children’s children. Let their “twu wuv” and humor go on and on and on.

Amen

It’s time to seal the vows you share with each other by the giving and receiving of rings.

Who has the rings?

The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity. The precious metal had to be dug out of the ground and then heated and purified, shaped and polished.

There is a thought that gold is kept in fire until we see the face of God in it’s reflection.

Something beautiful was made from raw elements. Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.

In order to commit to each other fully and without hesitation, I’m going to ask you to acknowledge your willingness to be bound together in the sanctity of marriage.

Do you, Taylor take Chris to be your husband and life partner, to keep your heart open to him, to support his pursuit of truth, and to cultivate a marriage of compassion, generosity, and patience, from this day until your last?

Do you, Chris take Taylor, to be your wife and life partner, to keep your heart open to her, to support her pursuit of truth, and to cultivate a marriage of compassion, generosity, and patience, from this day until your last?

The bride and groom have carefully prepared their own vows.

Taylor, you’re up first!

Chris, you got this:

Good job.

To all:

Aren’t you glad you came today?

I want you to take a minute and look at each other’s hands.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. The hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

By the authority vested in me by the State of Arizona, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Chris, you may kiss your bride!

Good! Your married!!! 

In closing, may I offer these thoughts and blessings:

love each other with an encompassing spectrum of love…

love in words and actions, as well as in comforting silence… TALK when the other needs to hear..

LISTEN when the other needs to be heard…TOUCH when the other needs touching…

HOLD when the other needs to be held, and, possibly the most important thing, is to always laugh.

Taylor and Chris, your friends and family love you and are clearly thrilled by this union.

I now ask all of you here will you uphold Chris and Taylor in your thoughts and prayers and hearts for their lifelong happiness and promise to support this next part of their journey?

 

Now, for the happily every after,

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great privilege to introduce to you, for the very first time, 

Mr. and Mrs. McQuoid

 

 

 

The Wedding Team 

Wedding Coordination: Kayla with The Paseo
Bride’s Gown: Stella York from Bella Lily Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry: Macy’s
Floral Design: J Barry Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Saved by the Dress
Loveseat and Specialty Rentals: Tremaine Ranch 
Bride & Groom’s Rings: Kay Jewelers
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Groomsmen Suspenders: Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s Shoes: Macy’s
Groom’s Tie: Men’s Warehouse
Hair Stylist: Autumns Hair Studio
Makeup Artist: Sherry with Artistry by Azure
Getting Ready Location: Gold Canyon ResortCeremony and Reception Location: The Paseo
Decor: Mother of the Bride
Photography: Karlee K Photography
Videography: Horyzon Pictures

 

The Wedding Ceremony of Brooke and Devon

 

Photography: Weddings by Scott and Dana

https://weddingsbyscottanddana.com/

Welcome!

We are gathered here today in the sight of God and in the presence of friends and family to celebrate one of life’s greatest miracles: the power of the love that exists between two people. In this case: Brooke Foster and Devon Halvorson who love each other so fully, they are willing to commit their lives together as one, in spirit, mind and body.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster, do you give your blessing to this man and this woman to be married to each other?

Parents say, “We do.”

As you wish

I’m Karen Burns. I am honored to be a friend and teacher of both Devon and Brooke and for today, the minister that will make this union legal.

Would you please bow your heads as we ask the Lord’s blessing on our time together today?

Our Father in heaven, we come to you today, and ask that you be glorified by what takes place. That this ceremony would honor you and serve as a reminder to us who have spoken similar vows to our spouses in the past and as an inspiration to those considering such a commitment in their future. May this ceremony be the perfect beginning for Brooke and Devon as they commit themselves before this company to pursue a Christ-centered life together. We ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

MAWAGE, that bwessed awangement,

And wuv, tru wuv,

A little gift from The Princess Bride loved by both the bride and groom

(To B AND D)

You made it. Here. How are you doing?

Let’s all take a deep breath right now and relax a little.

We don’t want to miss this moment.

This is the central part of this most important day.

Let’s truly take this opportunity to enjoy this time together.

I would like to take a moment to recognize the family members of Devon and Brooke, and to thank you for your love, support and devotion to these two as little children, and as they grew from childhood to adolescence and into the two beautiful individuals who are here before us.

Brooke and Devon have known each other for 4 years and have been together for 3. “Together” began when Devon said to Brooke “I like you, I’d like to go on a date with you.”

Devon took Brooke to play mini-golf. Brooke won. However, as Brooke tells it, Devon won all of the violent video games. After this test of skills, they went to dinner at Firehouse Grill where Brooke ordered wings. He High 5’d her. It’s a confident girl who orders wings on a first date. And that, was that.

Devon developed a 5 date plan: no commitment and no I love you until there had been 5 dates. He said I love you on the 3rd date.

Through long distances and all of the things that get in the way of an ordinary life; family, jobs, school, they have arrived here, today. This is going to be the best date yet.

 In our first meeting about this day, I asked them what they loved about each other.

Brooke:

In July, I will have known Devon for five years. Loved him for four years, been engaged to him for two years, and woken up next to him nearly everyday for a year.

He is goofy, kind and intelligent. But out of all his traits, I love his heart the most. His love for people, and how he feels the need to serve them is unlike anyone I have ever experienced.

I love his smile. It can change the atmosphere in a room. He has such an open presence that makes everyone feel reassured of where they stand with him. He pulls me out of the anxiety that can weigh heavily, and feel crushing. With him, the world is lighter, and easier to manage.

I love the way he makes me feel. He reminds me that together we can get through anything.

About eight months ago my side of the family had to deal with some very difficult changes. My mother, whom I love very much, had been in rough shape in a hospital ICU and then moved to three different facilities. Through all of it, I had Devon, holding my hand and encouraging me to believe she would wake up. Wake up and smile again. He even promised me that we could wait to get married until she was discharged and recovering. And here we are. As promised, nearly three months after my mother was released we were able to put together a wedding. I am overjoyed to have made it to today.

To be with my best friend. The only man I have ever loved and intend to love. Vowing that he will be the only one for me in front of our loved ones and God.

Devon:

I love Brooke in more ways than I have words for. She has it all. She can make me swoon with just a smile and laugh with just a word. On days when I’m hardest on myself, she’s my biggest fan.

I love the way she thinks. Her mind is so unique. Her thoughts are often weird and beautiful and deeply imaginative. I think she’s the smartest person I’ve ever met.

I love Brooke’s heart and compassion. I’ve known her to drop everything to rush to a friend or family member’s aid, often spending money she’d been saving just to offer a hand. The Lord has blessed her with incredible kindness.

It’s true that beauty fades, but Brooke’s beauty never really will. She has that classic beauty. That natural beauty. That ‘charm-you-with-just-her-bright-blue-eyes’ kind of beauty. That radiant beauty that turns all the heads in a room. She possesses the kind of beauty that is everlasting, because although she now has the gorgeous glowing features of a young bride (can I get an Amen?!), she will eternally have the most gorgeous soul I’ve ever known.

I love how profound and inspiring Brooke is. She’ll walk into an arts and crafts store and come alive. She has such an eye for beauty and creates it in everything she touches. She’s the kind of person you love and envy for being so good at everything. I love learning new things from her every day. I love her willingness to learn as well. 

I believe in Brooke wholeheartedly. I’m deeply in love with a woman who will change the world. Undoubtedly, she has already changed mine.

I’ve said it since the day I met her- Brooke is just so different from anyone I’ve ever known. Quirky, unique, one of a kind. And I’m deeply in love with her in every way.

DID HE SAY TRUE LOVE? I DON’T KNOW, I THINK HE DISTINCTLY SAID “TO BLAVE”

Maybe I’m wrong…

As the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. From this day forward you will be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, and your marriage will be strengthened by your love and respect.

Devon’s grandmother passed away about two years ago. At her funeral, her husband, Devon’s grandfather, stood up and talked about the love he shared with his wife and their commitment to each other which was based on the scripture from Ruth “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.” This passage became a guidepost for Devon and Brooke. They are going on this ride together.

Their love is a gift from the Lord. The Lord that says in 1 Corinthians – of faith, hope and love; the greatest is love. Love never fails. Please pray with me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for this day. We pray that your blessing will always rest on Brooke and Devon’s home; that joy, peace, and contentment would dwell within them as they live together in unity, and that all who enter their home experience the peace of your love.

Father, May they always be as accutely aware of your presence as they are today. Please let their marriage be a radiant reflection of your love.

Let their “twu wuv” and abiding faith go on and on and on. Wherever they go Father, please go with them to guide, protect and to point out where the humor waits…we pray you always….keep them delighted in the palm of your hand.

In Jesus holy name,

Amen

Devon and Brooke, today you two stand already in a beautiful relationship – you love each other deeply.

Marriage is the sincere, confident, humble invitation of the love of your life to join you in all that you are, and all that you have, and all that you two hope to be. Marriage is a covenant that is written on the pages of your heart. That covenant says “I don’t know where our lives are going to take us, but I am certain that I want to go there together”

Devon, I challenge you to be quick to be the first to act sacrificially to meet Brooke’s needs, and Brooke, I challenge you to be the first to act sacrificially to meet Devon’s needs. If you both do that, you’re going to love each other for the rest of eternity.

Marriage is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. Don’t expect each other to be perfect, or to be able to read minds. Often we think that the marriage commitment will remove our faults. But, sadly, no. Marriage tends to reveal our flaws.

But, yay! That is where forgiveness comes in! Letting go and forgiving the other person, releases the burden of carrying around resentment and frees you up to notice the blessing standing right in front of you – (or…snoring next to you), and then you get to fall back in love all over again. This can be fun!

May I have the rings please?

The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity. The precious metal had to be dug out of the ground and then heated and purified, shaped and polished.

Something beautiful was made from raw elements. Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, made by imperfect beings. It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all. God keeps gold in fire until He sees his face in it. Just like He does with us. We (you) are His gold.

Devon, Would you place the ring on Brooke’s finger as you repeat after me.

Brooke, I give you this ring    as a symbol of our marriage    for today and tomorrow    and for all the days to come.   – Wear it as a sign     of what we have promised  and done this day.  With this ring, I, thee, wed.

Devon, I give you this ring    as a symbol of our marriage    for today and tomorrow    and for all the days to come.   – Wear it as a sign     of what we have promised  and done this day.  With this ring, I, thee, wed.

In order to commit to each other fully and without hesitation, I’m going to ask you to acknowledge your willingness to be bound together in the sanctity of marriage.

Brooke, do you take Devon, to be your husband,
to have and to hold
from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer, 
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
in this life and the next

B: I do

Devon, do you take Brooke, to be your wife, 
to have and to hold
from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
in this life and the next

D: I do

Brooke and Devon have chosen to conclude their ceremony with a traditional hand-fasting. This fabric is not permanent but perishable as a reminder that all things of the material eventually return to the earth, unlike the bond and the connection that is love – which is eternal.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. The hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

May this always be a reminder to you of the bond and commitment you made today.

And now, By the authority vested in me by the State of Arizona, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Devon, you may kiss your bride!

May I offer these last thoughts and blessings:

Lord God, Bless this marriage and walk beside Devon and Brooke throughout their lives together. Keep their hearts with kindness and understanding.

Help them to be each other’s sweetheart, helper, best friend, so together they can meet the problems in life more bravely.

Let the home they are creating today in each other, truly be a place of love, peace and harmony.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

We’re almost done, but I want to help you make one more memory. turn around and look at those faces. These are all the friends and family that you could not imagine this day without.

You are looking at people who are full of love for you, full of support for you, and they will be there when you need them.

And now, will all of you here uphold Brooke and Devon in your thoughts, prayers and hearts and promise to support this next part of their journey? please say “we will” if, you know, you will.

Those of you on the aisle have a little cone full of confetti…please grab these and get prepared to shower a celebration.

Because…

It is now my great privilege to introduce to you, for the very first time,

Mr. and Mrs. Devon and Brooke Halvorson

 

Photography: https://weddingsbyscottanddana.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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