Colleen Marie BrassingtonView Ordination Certificate
Minister ID: 833066
Minister ID: 833066
Officiated by Colleen Marie Brassington at South Fork Walla Walla River Rd in Milton-Freewater, Oregon on October 2nd, 2021. Witnessed by Sylvia Marion and Lonny Dannar.
"Chelsea and Cameron’s wedding was an honor to officiate. I have never been an officiant before, so I was a bit nervous about it when they first asked me. I soon realized that this wedding ceremony is not about me, but rather it is about my dear niece and her soon to be husband. This took the pressure off of me and allowed me to be relaxed during the ceremony. It truly was a very intimate ceremony between myself and the bride and groom as there was not a wedding party. I was able to focus on the couple and interact throughout the ceremony. I loved my first experience as an officiant and I would gladly do it again! "
I would like to extend a welcome to everyone here. Thank you for coming from near and far.
Of course, we are all here today because of these two people who we love. And what an exciting occasion to be here to help celebrate their marriage; to witness a happy day. Today we get to be a part of a public commitment made to each other, by Cameron Dannar and Chelsea Hepler. This is a special time of celebration Cameron and Chelsea will long remember; a day that will continue to be celebrated every year.
First, I would like to take a moment to remember two people who should be here: Chelsea’s dad, Marc. He would be so very proud of his daughter. Marc cannot be here, but we can bring him here by remembering him and how much he would have liked to be a part of your special day. You are his beautiful daughter, and today, of all days, we want him here even if in memory only.
I would like to read a short poem that I wrote to dedicate to your dad, in his memory:
I cannot tell with perfection, exactly what my brother might say,
To his beauty of a daughter, on this, her wedding day.
But I am convinced that joy and pride would abound,
Throughout his heart, that she, his princess-daughter has been so tightly wound.
Because, you see, from here on earth, where we yet stand,
We are blessed to be a part of her life that he had a hand,
In shaping and loving so.
And now, with joy and sorrow mixed, we go,
Ahead with life and commitments of love,
Knowing that her dad, if he were here, would ask for blessings from above.
And your Grandma Dorlean. She should be here too. How excited she would be to see you today! To see your radiant beauty, to see your happiness, and to see the man beside you who has given you reason to celebrate a life together.
I know your Grandma Dorlean always had you stop by her house in your beautiful formal dance gowns for a photo op. I know this because she always excitedly shared those pictures with me; and she always said these words, “Oh! How beautiful Chelsea is! I so hope that she finds happiness some day!!, I love her so much!”
Two people who cannot be here, are here, in our memories, because why wouldn’t we ask them to be here? They are both so much a part of who you are today, Chelsea.
So, today, yes, we are here to get you two married!!
What greater thing for two persons than to feel they are joined together; to strengthen each other in labor, to rest on each other in sorrow, to help each other in need, to share joy, and to be one with each other- whatever life has to offer.
Cameron and Chelsea, today begins a life of giving and sharing, nurturing and support; allowing each other the freedom to change and grow as individuals while developing your mutual spirit as time goes by. In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things. It is about establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal.
Today your family and friends are gathered to celebrate your union. Today we are privileged to witness two very dear friends; two exceptional and driven individuals committed to sharing a lifetime together.
(DECLARATION OF INTENT):
You have chosen to write your vows, and it is with these words you express your binding promises to love, honor, and cherish one another. You will find that as you live by these vows over the years, investing your time, love, and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous because you’ll share these joys in marriage.
If you are ready to make these promises to each other I invite you now to face each other and declare your intentions.
“Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Chelsea Maria Hepler, to be my partner. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are both separately and together. To laugh with you in times of joy, and comfort you in times of sorrow. To share in your dreams and support you as you strive to achieve your goals. To listen to you with compassion and understanding and speak to you with encouragement. To help you when you need it and step aside when you don’t. To remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health. And above all, to give you my love freely and unconditionally. I vow this to you from the bottom of my heart, for all the days of our lives.”
“Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Cameron Ray Dannar, to be my partner. I vow to honor and respect you for all that you are and will become, taking pride in who we are both separately and together. To laugh with you in times of joy, and comfort you in times of sorrow. To share in your dreams and support you as you strive to achieve your goals. To listen to you with compassion and understanding and speak to you with encouragement. To help you when you need it and step aside when you don’t. To remain faithful to you for better or worse, in times of sickness and health. And above all, to give you my love freely and unconditionally. I vow this to you from the bottom of my heart, for all the days of our lives.”
Thank you for sharing your vows with all of us. The rings you are about to place on each other's fingers are symbols of the love you expressed.
The ring, an unbroken circle, represents unending love. As often as either of you look upon these rings, may you be reminded of the vows you have just spoken, and the love you have promised to one another.
Cameron, please place this ring on Chelsea’s finger and repeat after me.
“Chelsea, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love, and that I am choosing to share my life’s journey with you. I give you this ring with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.”
Chelsea, please place this ring on Cameron’s finger and repeat after me
“Cameron, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love, and that I am choosing to share my life’s journey with you. I give you this ring with the pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.”
I leave you now with the following words of blessing:
May all that you are, always be in love. May all that is love, always be in you. May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration; and may each day you share be as precious to you as the day you first fell in love. May you always see and encourage the best in each other. May the challenges life brings your way make your marriage even stronger, and may you always be each other’s best friend and greatest love.
Cameron and Chelsea, you have pledged your faith to each other in the company of two wonderful families and your circle of friends; and by the power vested in me by American Marriage Ministries and the State of Oregon, I now pronounce you married! You may now kiss!!
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron and Chelsea Dannar!