Ronald A. Fleming

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The Wedding of
Lauralee Pietri & Ken Rippe

Officiated by Ronald A. Fleming in Indiana on August 3rd, 2018. .

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Lauralee Pietri And Ken Rippe’s Wedding Wedding Ceremony Script

I. Welcome

Me: “I want to warmly welcome all family and friends here today, who have come from near and far. Kenneth Dean Rippe and Lauralee Pietri have asked us to be a part of this celebration of their love for each other, and it is with great joy and reverence that we take part.

They take this step, not because they need to, but because they want to. They desire to publicly pledge their love and commitment to each other.

To Ken and Lauralee, although we all know it as marriage, we also know that is just a word. And as important as that word is, the love you have for each other, and the promises that you are about to make to each other, are bigger than any single word.”

The couple would like to have two poems read aloud.

II. First Reading (Me)

“To Be One With Each Other” by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)

What greater thing is there for two human souls

than to feel that they are joined together

to strengthen each other in all labor,

to minister to each other in all sorrow,

to share with each other in all gladness,

to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?

The second poem will be read by Ken's daughter, Elise.

III. Second Reading (Elise)

“i carry your heart with me (i carry it in), by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)

i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

IV. Declaration of Intent

Ken and Lauralee will now exchange their vows

Me (to Ken): “Do you, Ken, take Lauralee to be your wife? Do you promise to walk beside her forever, and to love, help, and encourage her in all she does? Do you promise to take time to talk to her, to listen to her, and to care for her? Will you share her laughter and her tears as your partner, lover, and best friend? Do you take her as your lawfully wedded wife for today and always?”

Ken’s Reply: "I do."

Me (to Lauralee): “Do you, Lauralee, take Ken to be your husband? Do you promise to walk beside him forever, and to love, help, and encourage him in all he does? Do you promise to take time to talk to him, to listen to him, and to care for him? Will you share his laughter and his tears as your partner, lover, and best friend? Do you take him as your lawfully wedded husband for today and always?

Lauralee’s Reply: "I do"

Me (to both): “Will you, Ken and Lauralee, be each other’s partners from this day forward? Will you bring out the best in one another, share your happiest moments together and love each other absolutely - for the rest of this lifetime and for whatever may come next?

Ken and Lauralee’s Reply: “We will.”

V. Ring Exchange

Ken and Lauralee with now exchange rings.

Me: From the beginning of time, the ring has symbolized many kinds of human relationships. Kings wore them to express their imperial authority, graduates wore them as expressions of their school loyalties, and children wore them (as passed down by their parents) to remind them of where they came from, of their family history, and of the relatives who have passed on.

The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity. As you give these rings to each other, we pray that your love for each other will be as eternal and everlasting as these rings.”

Me (to Ken): “Ken, place the ring on Lauralee’s finger and repeat after me:”

Ken (repeating after me): “Lauralee, with this ring, / I symbolize our union as husband and wife, / for today and tomorrow / and all the years to come. Please wear it as a reminder / of our deep and abiding love.”

Me (to Lauralee): “Lauralee, place the ring on Ken’s finger and repeat after me.”

Lauralee (repeating after me): “Ken, I also give you this ring / as a symbol of our union as husband and wife, / for today and tomorrow / and all the years to come. Please wear it as a reminder / of our deep and abiding love.

VI. Pronouncement

Me: “Ken and Lauralee, you have pledged your faith to each other in the company of family and friends. And by the powers vested in me by the State of Indiana (and the American Marriage Ministries!), I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss.”

Me (to the congregants): “Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present the newlyweds!”




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