Linda and Ken's Wedding

 

Photographs (a first look)

These photographs were taken by  Tom Roberts, Ella Cameron, Ihian Mackenzie, Jenny Thompson and David Beckwith, who were all guests at the wedding.

 

Date, Time and Place

Sunday 16 May 2010, 11.30am,

at The Carrington Inn, Bungendore,

with a luncheon reception immediately following.


Contacts

Linda                        0411042152

Ken                          0433126245

Carrington               02 6238 1044

Ihian (MC)               0414468307

 

Wedding Presents

Wine would be nice. Red or white. Any kind of red.  For a white, reisling, sauvignon blanc, or anything bubbly and dryish. 

 

 

Wedding Ceremony

Welcome

From this day forward, you shall not walk alone; my heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home.

Good afternoon everyone, my name is Mick Andrews and as friends and family of Linda & Ken, we welcome you all here today. I ask that you silence any mobile phones or pagers, gather around to witness and celebrate the marriage of this man and woman.  

Moratorium

I, Michael Andrews, a civil celebrant, am duly authorised by law, to solemnise this, your marriage, according to the laws of Australia. 

Linda & Ken, before you are joined together in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, serious and binding nature of the relationship into which you are about to enter. 

Marriage, according to Law in Australia, is the voluntary and full commitment of a man to a woman, and a woman to a man. It is made in the deepest sense to the exclusion of all others, and is entered into with the desire, hope and the firm intention that it will last for life. 

Introduction

Marriage is a bond entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. It is a bond tested by life’s ups and downs, its trials and triumphs. With full understanding of this, Linda and Ken have come here today to be joined in marriage. 

It is said that our inner potential is developed through overcoming challenges and by nurturing love and joy, in our own lives and in the lives of others.  

Marriage is a lifelong commitment made by two people to support each other’s happiness and to help each other develop understanding and compassion.  

With a strong foundation of mutual love and understanding, married partners are better able to help themselves and each other to act wisely and justly throughout their lives. 

The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is diminished and without love, death has no redemption. If you learn no more in life, let it be how to love, fully and without condition. 

Giving of Consent

Ken, do you accept Linda as your lawful wedded wife? 

Ken:            I do 

Will you love and respect her, be honest with her, comfort her, stand by her and be true to her in good times and in bad?  Will you love and honour her all the days of her life? 

Ken:                     I will 

Linda, do you accept Ken as your lawful wedded husband? 

Linda:                  I do 

Will you love and respect him, be honest with him, comfort him, stand by him and be true to him in good times and in bad.  Will you love and honour him all the days of his life? 

Linda:                  I will 

Will all of you here present, friends and relatives, pledge them your love and support, by saying aloud WE WILL 

All                       We will 

Exchange of Vows

Linda and Ken are happy today because they can share the joy of their love for each other and because they have the opportunity to express their intentions and aspirations for the future in the presence of their friends and family.  Will you please turn to each other and hold hands as you exchange your Vows.

 

Linda & Ken, do you promise to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom? 

“We do” 

Recognising that life is often difficult, do you pledge to see difficulties as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts, to accept yourselves and each other, and to develop compassion for others?  

“We do” 

Do you pledge to cherish and nurture the affection you have for each other, and to share it with all beings?  

“We do” 

Do you pledge to be patient with yourselves and others, knowing that change comes slowly, and to seek inspiration from your friends and teachers not to become discouraged? 

 “We do” 

When it comes time to part, do you pledge to look back at your time together with joy that you have had the opportunity to share your lives, and with acceptance that nothing can be held forever? 

“We do” 

Exchange of Rings

However, you cannot hold hands forever so the exchange of rings is one of the deepest symbols of a marriage.  The wedding ring is a token of oneness, continuity and completeness, being without a beginning and without an end.  I ask you to exchange rings. 

Ken

Linda, please accept and wear this ring as a sign of my love and commitment to you. 

Linda

Ken, please accept and wear this ring as a sign of my love and commitment to you. 

Reading

Ken will now read from a letter by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

 

“Marriage is in many ways a simplification of life, and it naturally combines the strengths and wills of two people so that, together, they seem to reach farther into the future than they did before. Above all, marriage is a new task and a new seriousness, - a new demand on the strength and generosity of each partner, and a great new danger for both. 

The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of their solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side by side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky. 

That is why this too must be the criterion for rejection or choice: whether you are willing to stand guard over someone else's solitude, and whether you are able to set this same person at the gate of your own depths, which he learns of only through what steps forth, in holiday clothing, out of the great darkness. 

Life is self-transformation, and human relationships, which are an extract of life, are the most changeable of all, they rise and fall from minute to minute, and lovers are those for whom no moment is like any another. People between whom nothing habitual ever takes place, nothing that has already existed, but just what is new, unexpected, unprecedented. There are such connections, which must be a very great, an almost unbearable happiness, but they can occur only between very rich beings, between those who have become, each for his own sake, rich, calm, and concentrated; only if two worlds are wide and deep and individual can they be combined.......For the more we are, the richer everything we experience is. And those who want to have a deep love in their lives must collect and save for it, and gather honey.” 

Conclusion

On behalf of everyone gathered here today, I extend to Linda and Ken our love and support. 

May your relationship strengthen throughout a long and happy journey together. 

May you be sharers of dreams, challenges and joys. 

May you encourage each other in whatever you set out to achieve. 

And may you inspire each other until the end of your days. 

Declaration

Linda and Ken, on behalf of your families, your friends, the community, and according to the Laws of Australia I now declare you to be husband and wife.  

You may now share a kiss to bless your journey together. 

Sign register 

Closure

Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear.  Ever love, help and respect each other and then know truly that your lives are joined. 

Ladies and Gentleman, our Bride and Groom, please help me make them welcome as they re enter our community as Husband & Wife.