Tracey ArledgeView Ordination Certificate
Minister ID: 543916
Minister ID: 543916
Officiated by Tracey Arledge in Michigan on September 23rd, 2018.
Minister: Welcome to this day of celebration, it's great to have all of you here to witness the union of Amanda and Garett as wife and husband before God. Together, we will share in the joys of their wedding, both with the outward celebration of this occasion and with an internal appreciation for the love that surrounds us.
Amanda and Garett, you two have the opportunity to build an amazing life together. You are blessed to share this experience with the loved ones gathered here to support you as you embark on this journey together.
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."
May you all remember and cherish this ceremony, for on this day, with love, we will forever bind Amanda and Garett together.
Minister: Who gives this bride today?
Bridal Companion: I do.
Minister: 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.
Amanda and Garett met while in Middle School though they didn't run in the same circle Amanda must have made some sort of impression because somehow 5 years ago Garett decided to send her a FaceBook message wondering what she was up to and how she was since school. His third question was... "Wanna get a drink oh and what's your number?" Amanda was scared though because she hadn't seen him or talked to him, she was hoping it wasn't some stalker.. so any smart girl what would she do.. Took along an entourage to meet this guy named Garett!! and guess what, Garett stayed even though he could have thought she was a little strange...
Even though they both have a few pet peeves about each other, like Garett is messy, watches the same movie over and over again and is usually late, Amanda can be a little pushy, may be slightly stubborn, and might possibly have to most itchy skin on earth considering she asks Garett to scratch her 24 hours a day, I think she just likes to feel your hands on her!! Always remember that being in a relationship is 100/100, there should never be any doubt that EVERY bit of your life and soul go into being with each and doing with each other.
Minister: Marriage is more than a simple exchanging of rings or combining of material assets. Rather, it is an indescribably powerful shared commitment. While today I will legally bind you together, the truly important bonds we form today are largely invisible to the world, existing primarily in the unfilled corners of your heart.
Amanda and Garett, take a moment to sense the tremendous amount of love radiating throughout this space. As you stand here today, before God, before those gathered here in your honor, and before one another, take note that after you speak your vows this day your lives will never be the same. Marriage, regardless of any preconceived notions you might have, has the capacity to deepen and challenge and strengthen you and your relationship in ways that you never thought possible.
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.
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, your belief in God 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.
Exchange of Vows
Minister: Amanda and Garett, I would now invite you to publicly speak your commitment to your partner.
Amanda, would you like to begin?
Amanda: [BRIDE's VOW]
Minister: Garett, your turn.
Garett: [GROOM's VOW]
Declaration of Intent
Minister: Amanda and Garett please join hands.
Amanda, do you take Garett to live together in the union of marriage? To take him as your best friend and partner in life? To honor, cherish, and love him, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for all of your days?
Amanda: I do.
Minister: Garett, do you take Amanda to live together in the union of marriage? To take her as your best friend and partner in life? To honor, cherish, and love her, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for all of your days?
Amanda: I do.
Amanda and Garett, 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.
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.
And now, 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 too, today, have your two spirits come together to form one singular entity. Just as your combined sands have combined to form a collection much grander 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 asunder. As you move forth in life, keep your partner close to the heart, recognizing that they are an integral part of your being.
Exchange of Rings
Minister: The wedding ring's circular shape reflects the unending power of love – a force with no beginning and no end. You should wear these rings proudly, and let them remind you each day of your commitment to one another.
Please repeat after me:
I, Amanda, give you Garett this ring as a symbol of my love. As I place it on your finger, I commit the whole of my heart and soul to you. I promise to cherish you for the rest of my days. I give you all that I am, and accept all that you are.
I, Garett, give you Amanda this ring as a symbol of my love. As I place it on your finger, I commit the whole of my heart and soul to you. I promise to cherish you for the rest of my days. I give you all that I am, and accept all that you are.
Minister: Family and friends, by the power vested in me by the Universal Life Church and by the state of Michigan, I am pleased to pronounce Amanda and Garett as wife and husband, sealed together today both in law and in love.
Minister: Garett, you may kiss the bride.
Minister: Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Garett and Amanda Dobbs!
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