GARDEN CEREMONY
INVOCATION:

We who have gathered in this circle, are now privileged to witness and share in the joy of this union between ____and____.
We have come to gather around them, knowing that by our presence here we are saying that they, together, are loved by many others. 
Together, may you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings,slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you together know nothing but happiness from this day forward.


BLESSING:                                           

"As we stand in this garden, may your love always be as constant and unchanging as these never-ending blossoms that bloom around us. Your love came softly upon each others hearts, just as these flowers open softly to the sun, and just as we wish there will never be a morning without the sunshine, may there never be a day without your love for each other. Pledge yourselves to each other this day and promise to be as faithful, unchanging and dependable as the seasons that visit this garden. Just as the rain nourishes the earth and sustains life, may your constant love nourish and sustain each other until the end of time.

Please join hands and face one another

VOWS:   

Minister to Bride

____,will you take____as your husband, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?
(I will)

Do you____,knowing this man's love for you and returning it, realizing his strengths and learning from them, recognizing his weaknesses and helping him to overcome them, take____to be your lawfully wedded husband?  (I Do)

I____take you,____to be my husband. I will stand with you in times of plenty and in times of want, weep with you in times of heartache and celebrate life with you in times of joy. We will love together, grow together and build together. I will be proud to be your wife.

RING:

Place the ring on ____'s finger and repeat after me; 

"with this ring I thee wed and with all that I am I honor thee. 
I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give."

VOWS:   

Minister to Groom

____,will you take___as your wife, in happiness and with patience and understanding, through conflict and tranquility?
(I Will)

Do you____,knowing this woman's love for you and returning it, realizing her strengths and learning from them, recognizing her weaknesses and helping her to overcome them, take ____ to be your lawfully wedded wife?  (I Do)

I____take you,____to be my wife. I will stand with you in times of plenty and in times of want, weep with you in times of heartache and celebrate with you in times of joy. We will love together, grow together, and build together. I will be proud to be your husband.

RING:

Place the ring on ____'s finger and repeat after me; 

"with this ring I thee wed and with all that I am I honor thee. 
I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give."

BLESSING:

Dear Father, bless these hands that You see before you this day. May they always be held by one another. Give them
strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their love. Help these hands continue building a relationship founded in Your grace, rich in caring and devoted to reaching for Your perfection. May ____and____ see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter, and guide.
We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you now and forever. Amen

CLOSING:

"Inasmuch as____and____have declared their love for each other before family and friends, I now greet them with you as husband and wife. May these two find happiness in their union. May they live faithfully together, executing the vows they have made between them and may they remain compassionate and encouraging, that their years may be rich with joys of life and their days be long upon the Earth" 














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