Photo by Kellie Sieger Photography
Amy & Aaron were wed on June 23, 2013 at Bloch Cancer Survivor's Park on The Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Performed by Reverend Joe Ministries.
Their ceremony was a basic Christian script that included a sand ceremony and a special event where Aaron gave necklaces to each of his new step-daughters.
A & A Ceremony
by Rebecca Norris
Welcome and thank you for joining Amy and Aaron today as we celebrate their joining in holy matrimony. Marriage is a public declaration of one’s love and commitment for another. No matter what circumstances may arise, they will face them together. And so we rejoice with them this day. Let us pray.
Father in Heaven, we ask that you look down upon Aaron and Amy with favor today as they join together in Holy Matrimony. Strengthen them and watch over them, in Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
And whom gives this woman to be married to this man? Parents step forward, “We do.”
Aaron, will you have Amy to be your wife? Will you give yourself to her in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faithfulness and tenderness, to love and cherish her? I will.
Amy, will you have Aaron to be your husband? Will you give yourself to him in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faithfulness and tenderness, to love and cherish him? I will.
May we have the rings?
I, ____, take you, ____, to be my wife/husband / and I promise before God and these witnesses /
to be your loving husband/wife / in plenty and in want / in joy and in sorrow / in sickness and in health / for as long as we both shall live.
Now, Aaron would like to present a token of his love and commitment to each child.
(Each child comes up one at a time to receive her necklace.)
____, please come up. Aaron places necklace around her neck.
And now, Aaron and Amy, you have made a commitment of your eternal love for one another, as well as to your children. You each hold your sand, separate containers represent your lives to this moment, individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one, as a family. The couple poured the sand as the girls stood in a semi-circle in front of the table holding hands.
Couple faces each other.
Aaron and Amy have promised to take each other as husband and wife. To live together in Holy Matrimony. They have given rings as a token of this covenant. Therefore, as a minister of Jesus Christ, I pronounce them husband and wife. What God has joined together, let no one separate.
You may kiss the bride. Couple kisses.
To the couple: Face the audience.
I am happy to present, Mr. & Mrs. !
This was my first attempt at writing a wedding ceremony, last minute, and as such was a more basic script than I would have liked. However, it was still a beautiful ceremony full of love and joy, and I was honored to have been part of it. For more photos from this wedding see their gallery.
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I'm Rebecca, owner and clergy for True Hearts Weddings. I love performing weddings, I love my 4 children, and I love life.