April B RicheyView Ordination Certificate
Minister ID: 780654-517290
Minister ID: 780654-517290
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Officiated by April B Richey in Alabama on August 11th, 2018. .
(From start to finish this ceremony is less than 15 minutes, depending on how fast you talk.)
APRIL: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on this beautiful day to witness the union of
Aaron and Courtney in holy matrimony. This is a day of great celebration and reverence, on which
we come together before God to recognize and commemorate the sacred love and dedication
shared between these two people. It is wonderful to have so many family and friends here to join us today.
The bride and groom would like to thank their guests for being here, and would like you to know
that each of you were invited here today because you have played an important part in the
intertwining of their lives. As the couple joined hands before taking their place on stage, each one
lit a candle in remembrance of three very special people who are no longer here on earth with us.
Family friend, Jake Sawyer, Aaron's younger brother Zach and Courtney and Aaron's son Carter Zane.
At this time we would like to take a moment of silence to remember those who are not here with us.
Even though they are not here physically, they are a large part of the foundation that makes Courtney
and Aaron the people they are today. May we always remember Jake, Zach and Carter Zane. Please
cherish the memories of this friend and family and all other who live on in our hearts. AMEN
As the Bible reminds us in 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 does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."
In the time that Aaron and Courtney have spent together, they've built the sturdy foundation for a
lifelong relationship. After a great deal of thoughtful consideration, they have decided to bind
themselves to one another for the rest of their lives.
May you all remember and cherish this sacred ceremony, for on this day, with love, we will forever
bind Aaron and Courtney together.
APRIL: Who gives this bride today?
Bridal Companion: I do.
APRIL: If there is anyone in attendance who has cause to believe that this couple should not be
joined in marriage, you may speak now or forever hold your peace.
APRIL: (Addressing guests) Marriage is a sacred ceremony. Today we observe the union of these
two people with the respect the occasion warrants. What we honor with reverence, however, we
also celebrate with great joy! For married life – a shared life – is a tremendous blessing. Now, as
Aaron and Courtney embark on this journey together, they will be able to nurture a love that
makes each of them better versions of themselves. Marriage is, indeed, the perfect garden from
which to sow and harvest personal growth.
(Addressing couple) Aaron and Courtney, learn to work together, to laugh together, and to love
together. Don't get caught up in worldly things that will draw you apart. Instead, focus on your
shared devotion and turn inward. As your relationship strengthens you will find that you come to
share a remarkable love; a love that is both abundantly given and freely accepted.
The joy you'll find as you pursue your shared lives will fuel you to face head-on the challenges you'll
encounter on this Earth. On your journeys together, keep your spouse in the space of highest
priority in your heart. The love you share must be guarded and cherished, it is your most valuable
APRIL: Marriage is an ancient rite. As you enter into this union, you are choosing to take part in a historical
human establishment and are pledging your commitment before the witnesses present here today
to enter into that tradition with honor.
As Jesus said: "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and
female," he also taught that, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, let no person separate."
APRIL: Aaron and Courtney, the sacred vows that you make to one another today present you
with the opportunity to express your love in your own words. I would at this time invite you to
publically declare these vows:
Aaron , Please repeat after me.
AARON : I, Aaron , take you, Courtney, for my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this
day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. I promise to be true to you in good times and
in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life, until death do
us part. This is my solemn vow.
APRIL: Courtney, you may now make your promise, and repeat after me please.
COURTNEY: I, Courtney, take you, Aaron , for my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold,
from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. I promise to be true to you in good
times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life, until
death do us part. This is my solemn vow.
APRIL: Aaron and Courtney please face one another and join hands. Under the eyes of God,
Aaron, do you take Courtney to be your lawfully wedded wife? By making this commitment, you
are joining in the sacred covenant of marriage.
Do you promise to honor her in love, to be sensitive to her needs, to comfort her in difficulty, and to
put your full and complete trust in her, so long as you both shall live?
AARON : I do.
APRIL: Under the eyes of God, Courtney, do you take Aaron to be your lawfully wedded
husband? By making this commitment, you are joining in the covenant of marriage.
Do you promise to honor him in love, to be sensitive to his needs, to comfort him in difficulty, and
to put your full and complete trust in him, so long as you both shall live?
COURTNEY: I do.
APRIL: Aaron and Courtney, while the words you have spoken have sealed your union, it is the combining of sands that truly symbolizes the melding of your two souls.
At this time Aaron and Courtney please receive your vessel, each containing a sand of a different
Each of you holds now a vessel of sand. Allow this sand to represent your life: every thought that's
ever crossed your mind, and every word that's ever crossed your lips; all of your victories, and all of
your failures; all of your joys, and all of your sorrows. Every grain of sand is another moment, either
a moment that has been or a moment that is yet to be. Aaron please tilt your vessel and pour a small amount of sand into the larger vessel to represent your single life. Now Courtney, please tilt your vessel and pour a small amount into the larger vessel to represent your single life.
And now both together, tilt your vessels forward and pour your sand into the vessel of marriage.
Watch as the grains of sand mix together, forming one structure. So today, your two
spirits come together to form one singular entity. Just as your combined sands have combined to
form a collection much greater than you ever could have accumulated on your own. Note also, that
now combined, the sands may never again be separated. Your lives, like the sand, have become all
the more grand for the involvement of your partner. Your spirits so intertwined that they may never
again be truly torn apart. As you move forth in life, keep your partner close to the heart,
recognizing that they are an integral part of your being.
APRIL: To commemorate this union, you may now exchange rings. The circle formed by each
ring symbolizes your eternal love and commitment to one another. Let these rings remind you
always of that love, and of the promises you have made here on this day.
Will each of you please repeat after me as you place the ring on your loved ones hand?
AARON: I, Aaron , give you Courtney this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. With this
ring, I thee wed.
COURTNEY: I, Courtney, give you Aaron this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment. With
this ring, I thee wed.
APRIL: By the power vested in me, and by the state of Alabama, I
pronounce you, Aaron and Courtney as husband and wife, lawfully wedded before God.
Aaron you may now Kiss your bride, forever sealing your union.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Courtney and Aaron Smith!
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