Don Stackpole

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The Wedding of
Blake Meade & Ally Mills

Officiated by Don Stackpole in Oregon on September 8th, 2018. .

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Blake Meade And Ally Mills’ Wedding Wedding Ceremony Script

PROCESSION

On behalf of Blake and Ally, I'd like to welcome you all to this celebration of their commitment to love each other in marriage. As Blake and Ally stand here before God and all of you prepared to make this forever commitment to each other, I would like to take a moment to talk about what this commitment to love each other really means.

An uncountable number of words have been written about love, words written by literary geniuses such as Shakespeare and Browning. Wonders of the world such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Taj Mahal have been built as monuments to love. The vast majority of movies and television shows have some sort of love angle to keep the audience interested. A good portion of our lives revolve around this emotion and commitment called love.

Feeling loved and accepted is a most basic human need, and a commitment to marriage is the ultimate earthly expression to love another person. Blake and Ally are here today to say that they promise to unconditionally love and accept each other for the rest of their lives.

Ally and Blake, as you begin this journey called marriage, I'd like to challenge you both to remember your commitment here today to cherish each other. You each are to be the other's best support. When all the world is against you, when the storms of life knock you down, this marriage should be your refuge and sanctuary. There should be no one else in the world who will support your spouse as much as you do. A relationship takes work. If your marriage is anything like mine, I promise there will be many times when Ally is (justifiably) exasperated with Blake. There might even be one time in the next 40 years when Blake gets frustrated with Ally. Just remember your promise to love each other through good times and bad. Hard times will come, but each of you has accepted the responsibility to cherish and support the other above all others.

The best description of love that I know of comes to us from I Corinthians 13. That portion of the Bible reads, in part:

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends.

All of your abilities and accomplishments mean nothing if you don't have love. Remember that. Work on your love for each other. Like a garden, love has to be tended to, cared for, and nurtured. It's not always easy. My family has a large garden and a small fruit orchard, and I can tell you those things take work! You have to break the soil, water the plants, stay vigilant for pests, put up fencing to protect your harvest. Like a garden, you have to water your love for each other, showing preference to your spouse’s needs over your own. You have to set up barriers of protection around your marriage, guarding your heart vigilantly so that you keep your relationship with God and with each other your priority. Sometimes that work is the last thing in the world you want to do. But if you work on your love for each other, and remember your commitment to it, the harvest you reap will be indescribably wonderful.

This commitment is not one to be entered into lightly, but with a deep realization of your responsibilities. You both are confident about this commitment, and I pray that your love for each other will grow daily, and that your lives and the lives of those around you will be blessed by that love.

READING OF THE VOWS AND/OR UNITY CANDLE

(if you decide that you would like to read each other something you’ve written, or if you are going to have a unity candle [or something similar] this would be an appropriate spot for that. It’s totally ok if you don’t want to do either thing!)

Do you, Blake, take Ally to be your lawfully wedded wife? To love and to cherish from this day forward, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, keeping yourself only for her for as long as you both shall live?

Do you, Ally, take Blake to be your lawfully wedded husband? To love and to cherish from this day forward, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, keeping yourself only for him for as long as you both shall live?

(The following are the words I’ve used in the past during the exchange of the rings)

Blake, please take Ally's hand and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. And with all I am and all I have, I honor you.

Ally, please take Blake's hand and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. And with all I am and all I have, I honor you. .

If there is anyone here who objects to this marriage, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

Then by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Blake, you may kiss your bride!!!!




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