Sunday, June 8, 2008

Overheard: June 8th, 2007

Me: I, Anna, take you, Stephan, to be my husband. I promise to trust you, especially when things aren’t going according to plan, and when I’m scared. I promise to always respect you. I promise to listen to you when you need to talk. I promise to follow my dreams as I support you in following yours. I will ask for your help when I need it, and I will help you without judgment. When you ask me, “what’s wrong?” I will answer you honestly. I will listen to what you have to say before I respond. And I will work side by side with you to find solutions to our problems. I will be proud of myself, I will be proud of you, and of us, because we are two amazing people creating an even more amazing future.

Him: My Love, although I’ve been yours since the night we first met, this is the part of our journey where we stand up and tell everyone what’s important to us, and just how much you mean to me. It’s the point where we publicly vow to spend the rest of our lives together, loving and supporting each other. I love you. I respect you. And for the rest of my life, my worth as a man will be determined by the expression of my love. Poetry is written one line at a time, and our story will be written one day at a time. I vow to show you each and every day how much this means to me, how lucky I am that we will are together.


Rev. Wayne: You can't do that yet. Until I say. I'll kiss your [Ed's ] head if you don't behave.

People: [Laughing]

Rev. Wayne: Stephan Edward Koruba, this woman you hold by the hand is to be your wife. In your life, conduct, and character lies all of her happiness in life. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven, a woman's life, and a woman's love. She can give you nothing more. Mark this: it is not what you give to her in a material way that will make her happiness. Riches without love are nothing. The gift without the giver is empty. But it will be the practice of love as a Husband, that you have shown as a lover, that will keep you as the champion of her heart. And you vow here, as you have promised to her, that you will be true, loyal, patient in sickness, comforting in sorrow, and under all circumstances and in all conditions that you will be willing to forgive and forget. Do you so vow? If so, answer "I do."

Him: I do.

Rev. Wayne: Anna Christine Gavula, this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your husband. In your life and love lies all of of his help and inspiration in life. He is going to look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness, and for confidence. No matter what the world may think, people my forget him or lose confidence in him, but you must never do that. It has been truly said behind every successful man is a more successful woman. May your life be the inspiration, and your love the protection that he will need to play the part of life well. And you vow here as you have promised to him that you will be patient in adversity, a comforter in affliction and sorrow, and at all times that you will exercise mercy that forgives and forgets. Do you so vow? If so, answer "I do."

Me: I do.

Rev. Wayne: Stephan and Anna, you are just beginning today to celebrate your marriage. May you continue to enjoy each other as long as you live. We have heard their promises, witnessed their love, and shared their joy. With great pleasure I tell you all that Stephan and Anna are now husband and wife, together in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. NOW you may kiss your bride!

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