In many esoteric and metaphysical beliefs the energy and power of crystals is an important part of a healthy lifestyle where we call upon the spirit of each crystal to give us their particular gifts. Some crystals impart love, happiness, inner strength, inner peace, decision and optimism, while others impart meditation skills, aid in health issues and repel negativity.
Nadia and William have asked that crystals be part of their ceremony. They ask that you take and hold one crystal in your left hand throughout the ceremony and think of all the good intentions and love that you wish for them. These will be passed out before the ceremony begins and you are asked to deposit them in the baskets in the back of the chapel on your way out. In this way, William and Nadia will take the crystals with all your love and good wishes, and have them as part of the positive energy and strength that you have wished for them as part of their new lives together.
Love is a miraculous gift, and a wedding is a celebration of that magic, and that is what we are here to do today. We all live in the hope to love and be loved, and any sign of the blossoming of love is a true inspiration.
We are gathered together to be overjoyed for and with Nadia and William who are so wonderfully suited to one another. It is a pure delight for the rest of us to see how happy two people can be. That they have found each other and know in their souls how perfectly mated they are, and that they are choosing on this day of most special days to become for all time, the accurate and beautiful reflection of each other’s essence is a blessing.
Therefore, we give thanks for the pure happiness of Nadia and William. Their enthusiasm is electric, their belief in the destiny of their love is inspiring, and their great expectations encourage us beyond measure. Marriage is a very special place, we ask that the vision they have of one another always be spellbinding and radiant, just as the power that first brought them together. We pray that as they move into marriage, that they always hold one another in the light of all light, the love of all love…
Today is also a celebration for the rest of us, for it is also a pleasure to participate in their wedding. It lifts our spirits to be in the presence of their love, to bask in the sweet energies of two people who obviously adore one another, who want to play together, laugh together, live together and be together for all the days of their lives.
William and Nadia remember that a relationship is a progression; your love will have seasons like Nature itself. There is an old Chinese proverb that says: “The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…” and now your journey has begun.
Your wedding today is an exquisite and beautifully choreographed first step. With it you are passing through a portal that will lead to many places, including ones you cannot possibly ever imagine. Wherever it takes you, there will be surprises, for this is the mark of a truly loving relationship – which it will take you where you had not expected to go. Above all, remember that love is what matters. Love will prevail. It is the love you feel for one another that will be the answer to all of your difficulties.
And so today we are here to celebrate, to honor, to laugh, to dance, and to be glad because the inevitable has finally come true. Love is alive and well in this land. William and Nadia are here to prove it and we are here to celebrate with them.
Congratulations, William and Nadia, the real fun has just begun!
The couples’ dear friend, Jane Pinto, will give the first reading:
…And each said to the other,
“I promise to share with you in times of joy
as in times of trouble, to talk and to listen,
to honor and to appreciate you, to provide for and support you in trust and in love. I promise
to share my hopes and thoughts and dreams with you,
to work with you to build our lives together. I treasure
the wonderful, unique person you are, and I will always
try to be sensitive to your needs. May we grow,
our lives forever intertwined, our love bringing us
always closer. Together, let us create a home that
expresses our individuality and our love for one another.
May it be a home filled with peace, with happiness, and with love.”
Enfolded in joy, inhabited by hope, bathed in the infinite spectrum of light that is love, may you always be infused with it and beautifully illumined by it.
May every desire you have for your love be fulfilled, and may you be given the vision to clearly behold one another, the listening with which to perceive one another most genuinely, and the endless generosity of spirit to nourish one another’s soul and genuinely keep the promises you make today.
The Expression of Intent
William and Nadia, you have heard about the magic and mysteries of marriage, the way it will continually surprise you, the strength and wisdom it will everlastingly ask of you, do you choose still and happily and in our midst to make the promise of marriage to one another?
Couple: We do.
Nadia’s brother________________ will give the second reading.
Here all seeking is over,
The lost has been found,
A mate has been found
To share the chills of winter –
Now Love asks
That you be united.
Here is a place to rest,
A place to sleep,
A place in heaven.
Now two are becoming one,
The black night is scattered,
The eastern sky grows bright.
At last the great day has come!
The Blessing of the Rings
Rings are an ancient symbol, blessed and simple. Round like the sun, like the eye, and likes arms that embrace. C Like circles, which have no beginning or end. For love that is given comes back round again and again. Therefore, may these symbols remind you that your love, like the sun, illumines; that your love, like the eye, must see clearly; and that your love like arms that embrace, is a grace upon the world.
The Marriage Vows
Nadia, repeat after me. William, I will love you, hold you, and honor you….in good times and in bad…enjoy you, console you, delight you…give thanks for you always….and cherish you dearly until the end of our days.
William, repeat after me: Nadia, I will love you, hold you, and honor you…in good times and in bad…enjoy you, console you, delight you…give thanks for you always…and cherish you dearly until the end of our days.
Exchanging of Rings:
Nadia, repeat after me. William, as a symbol of how happy you make me…and how much I adore you…I give you this ring, so you and the whole world will know how much I love you.
William, repeat after me. Nadia, as a symbol of how happy you make me…and how much I adore you…I give you this ring so you and the whole world will know how much I love you.
Vow of Support from Guests
Now that you have heard William and Nadia recite their vows, do you – their family and friends – promise from this day forward to encourage and love the, to give your guidance, and to support them in being steadfast in the promises that they have made?
Guests: We do.
Pronouncement of Marriage
Now, because you have chosen one another, honored each other with the precious gift of your rings, and pledged to love each other for all eternity, it gives me great joy to pronounce that you are husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.
God Bless You, William and Nadia. May the heavenly angels guide and protect you through all the life of your love; may you forever live in happiness with one another. May your hearts stay full of love, may your love continually grow stronger with each passing year and forever be happy in each other’s arms and find inner peace, strength and contentment.
The wedding ceremony has ended. Go in peace and love.
(Please remember to leave your crystals in the back of the chapel hall. Thank you).
Vikki Anderson is available to perform interfaith ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, welcoming ceremonies as well as naming and handfasting ceremonies. See http://www.VikkiAnderson.net under Interfaith Minister for more information about ceremonies and weddings. 973-492-3110.