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Our Wedding Vows

Reflecting us, our ceremony was non-denominational, and incorporating some perhaps unfamiliar but very old cultural traditions, such as Slavic seasonal blessings. We also incorporated an Icelandic Saga, spoken in Icelandic by the talented Ryan Massey.

STEVE, RYAN, LACY bring in the mothers and grandmothers and seat them.
MEGAN comes down aisle.
WEDDING PARTY comes down.
SCOTT and CARI come down.

Many believe the old Viking Sagas are all about pirating and kings and legendary warriors, filled with larger-than-life heroes and epic battles. There is one saga, however, that tells a tale of romance. It is the story of Ingebjorg and Frithiof. They were lovers who, in the true romantic style, had to overcome various hindrances to each other, the objections and concerns of family and friends, and the trials of the hero's journey. It was a journey that their love and will to be together would ultimately set them forth on. In the end, with concerns resolved and their obstacles overcome, her hand was finally put into his to be his wife, and it is quoted from there:

Svona skref erfi­leika haf­i leitt ■ß til hŠ­ gle­i
A­ skßld elska a­ syngja.
Slˇ­ir ■ykkur me­ ■yrnum blˇmstra­i Ý rˇsum,
Sveigum Švarandi blˇm krřndur vetur snjˇar.
Og me­al ljˇsin og skuggar ■essa nor­urhluta landi,
LÝf ■eirra rann ß, eins og tv÷ sameina­ir lŠki
A­ r˙lla Ý gegnum rˇlegum skˇga furu til sjßvar eilÝf­arinnar.

Thus steps of hardship had led them to the height of happiness
That poets love to sing.
Paths thick with thorns blossomed into roses,
Wreaths of everlasting flowers crowned the winter snows.
And midst the lights and shadows of this Northern Land,
Their lives flowed on, like two united streams
That roll through quiet pine forests to the ocean of eternity.

May our Bride and Groom's trials also be behind them, and may their future be as blessed as those in the myths and tales of old.

Welcome all to this beautiful spot, with the ocean beside us and the clear sky above. Thank you everyone who has made the journey here to be part of this ceeremony and celebration. Your presence is not only welcome, but needed, as Scott and Cari will depend upon your care and friendship on this special day, and also in their new lives, from today forward. Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. And in the case of these two, a decade's worth.

MEGAN (To all of the guests, and family)
If all of you here today, standing with them and seated before them, who have supported these two in friendship and care, now bestow your blessing on their union and their new family, then please respond by now saying "We Do".

RESPONSE: "We do."

Having the blessings of friends and family, I now ask the Seasons to to bless this couple. May they each enjoy a healthy life filled with joy, love, stability and security.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of Spring's Water
The refreshing cleansing of the rain and fresh springs
The all encompassing and deep commitment of the sea.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of Summer's Fire
The heat of the heart's passion
The light created by both to illuminate the darkest of times.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of Autumn's Air
Communication, intellectual growth, and wisdom.
Fresh beginnings with the rising of the wind.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of Winter's Earth
A firm foundation to enrich and secure your lives
A stable home to which you may always return.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the turning of the Seasons
That you may always draw inspiration from each other.
That you will always be surrounded by those who love and support your journey together.

Scott and Cari, Please face each other.

Scott, are you ready to enter into this marriage with Cari, believing the bond you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?

SCOTT: "I am."

Cari, are you ready to enter into this marriage with Scott, believing the bond you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?

CARI: "I am."

Please, the both of you repeat after me
(Scott and Cari repeat the words to each other at the same time)
I take you to be
no other than yourself
loving what I know of you
trusting what I do not yet know
through all our years
and in all that life may bring us.

Having exchanged your vows, it is a custom to also exchange rings, as a symbol of your bond, and a token that you will fulfill your promises to each other. Circles represent eternity, and though our lives are finite, your bond will be everlasting, the creative force that the Divine blesses us with. It is a tradition that those who hold the rings will become their chief supporters, helping their marriage remain vibrant and strong. Who presents the rings for Scott and Cari?

ERIN and BEN give rings

Scott, Cari, if it is your wish to be bound to each other, please take the rings and place them upon the others hand.

(Scott and Cari take rings and place them on each others fingers)

Scott and Cari - You have spoken your promises. You have exchanged the signs of your commitment each to each. It is thus with great pleasure that I now declare, with the power invested in me, that you have married each other in the presence of these witnesses, your family, your friends, and the Divine. You are now husband and wife.

May all that is noble, lovely, and true abide with you forever. Go now in peace, and may the Divine watch over you all your days.