Wedding Ceremony for Andréa Solis and Mark DeWitt

5:15 Music Starts Guests Sit Down
5:30 (approximately)
Mark’s Folks Take Their Seats
David escorts Pat to her seat
Mark and Dave Chan appear at top of steps
David and Stephanie walk down aisle, take a position on either side of the steps
Harry and Chrissy walk down aisle, take a position on either side of steps
Carly walks down aisle, stands above Stephanie
Frank walks Andréa down the aisle

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[DC – to no one in particular]
Who gives this woman’s hand in marriage?

[Dad respond]

[DC: - Opening]
Family and friends of Andréa Solis and Mark DeWitt, welcome to this wonderful day. We all know why we’re here. Please be seated.

[DC – Gibran on Marriage:]
These two have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together. They have chosen to share their personal lives with each other. They have chosen to make a public announcement of their personal commitment. They have chosen to grow old together.

Kahlil Gibran wrote on marriage in his book, "The Prophet"

You were born together,
And together shall be forevermore.

You shall be together
when the white wings of death scatter your days.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
But let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together,
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak and cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

[DC - segue way into vows] Gibran wrote about commitment and sharing. He wrote about being a person but giving joyfully to another person.

[DC – to Andréa and Mark] He wrote that you should each stand tall, but not in each other’s shadow.

[DC – to Mark] Mark, do you take Andréa to be your wife? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor her, and be faithful to her all of your days together?

[Mark respond]

[DC – to Andréa] Andréa, do you take Mark to be your husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor him, and be faithful to him all of your days together?

[Andréa respond]

[DC – to both] Please face each other.

[DC – to Mark] Mark, repeat this vow to Andréa

Andréa, I take you to be my wife,
from this day forward,
to join with you
and to share all that is to come,
to give and to receive,
to speak and to listen,
to inspire and to respond,
most of all, I will love you
for today and all of our tomorrows.

[DC – to Andréa] Andréa, repeat this vow to Mark

Mark, I take you to be my husband,
from this day forward,
to join with you
and to share all that is to come,
to give and to receive,
to speak and to listen,
to inspire and to respond,
most of all, I will love you
for today and all of our tomorrows.

[DC – to Best Man] May I have the ring that Mark wishes to give to Andréa please?

The wedding ring is an outward and visible symbol of an inward and invisible bond. It has no beginning and no end and it signifies to all the uniting of Mark and Andréa in marriage.

[DC – to Mark] Mark, take this ring for Andréa and repeat these words to her:

I give you this ring
as a symbol of my love
precious and without end.
I give you this ring as I give you my love.

[DC – to Best Man] May I have the ring that Andréa wishes to give to Mark please?

[DC – to Andréa] Andréa, take this ring for Mark and repeat these words to her:

I give you this ring
as a symbol of my love
precious and without end.
I give you this ring as I give you my love.

[DC – to both] Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.

[Photo-op - to audience] At this point in the ceremony, we’d like to take a brief opportunity for pictures. Please feel free to come forward and take pictures.

[Pause as appropriate]

Mark and Andréa have chosen each other from the many men and women of the Earth, have declared their love and purpose before this gathering, and have made their pledge each to the other symbolized by the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore, I declare that they are husband and wife.

Let all others honor them and the threshold of their house.

May they carry into marriage the beauty and the tranquility of these gardens and keep in it always the sense of exploration and peace and intimacy they have shared here with you.

May they find here the good beginning of their married life and the fruitfulness of the rest of their years together.

[DC – to each] You may now kiss the bride and you may kiss the groom.

[DC – to all] Rise please.

[DC – to both] Turn and meet your witnesses.

[DC – to all] It is my pleasure to present to you, Mark DeWitt and Andréa Solis, husband and wife.

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