Posts Tagged ‘wedding vows’

So many aspects of this wedding I love. This wonderful couple met in high school, went their separate ways, then rediscovered each other as adults. A beautiful love story.

Thank you to Arash of Rugger Productions Photography for capturing the day
Holly Kalkin for incredible planning expertise
DJ Earl Henry
Paradise Point staff for their help and support

ceremony long view

Paradise Point is just that – a paradise oasis in a paradise city

arch detail - flowers

Beautiful arch detail by Thistle Dew Floral thistledewfloral.com

bride - parents - holly

The bride is beaming as she gets ready to walk up the aisle. And the amazing Holly Kalkin always behind the scenes hard at work, even straightening the gown at the last minute.

bride smile

blue shoes

Look at these shoes! Sassy splash of blue.

bride wiping groom brow

A really sweet moment. I had given the bride a few tissue to dab at tears, and she used one to attend to the brow of her man (it was a VERY hot day!)

her vows

Sharing personal vows

with this ring

With this ring . . .


I brought a little paper weight from home to hold their vows at this breezy spot.

sand thumbs up

Unity Ceremony Blending of the Sands: colors of blue and silver to represent the ocean. And together they created this keepsake for their home.

signing license

Whom will you choose to witness and sign your marriage license!?

earl on dance floor

DJ Earl Henry is one of the best in the biz. Not only is he incredibly professional – I can always count on him during the ceremony – he’s a lot of fun, too, at reception.

sunset pic

A practically perfect day



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Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

It was a special day in March, on the cliff outcropping, with the waves crashing. Bradley and Brenwynne said “I Do” in this gorgeous natural setting in an intimate wedding ceremony.

The couple chose the traditional Celtic “HandBinding” (or “HandFasting”) to share their wedding vows, and crafted the six questions in this ritual to support their own relationship and marriage.

The "HandBinding" ritual includes six questions of vows and commitment. / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

The “HandBinding” ritual includes six questions of vows and commitment. / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography





As a nondenominational wedding minister I always encourage couples to include readings and poems in their ceremony that are meaningful for them. And the best part for me is being introduced to readings I haven’t seen before! Like this one, called I Know A Love.

Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography



So fun to work with photographer Hung Tran! His enthusiasm and artistry enhanced the celebration.

Into the Sunset / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

Into the Sunset / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

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Your wedding ceremony is an opportunity to express your feelings and your commitment to your intended, as witnessed by your community of friends and family.

In addition to traditional vows, you might want to share your personal vows with each other.

What Should I Say? 

*It helps to think about your intention for your marriage. What are you actually ‘vowing’ to do? For example:

~Support each other

~Love each other unconditionally

~Do your best in your own growth and awareness

~Create a dream together

*You might also include what you love about this person. Why are they unique?

*What do you love that you have together? What is it that only you two share?

From this moment, I, Joe, take you Susan

as my best friend for life. 

I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you 

through our walk together. 

When our way becomes difficult, 

I promise to stand by you and uplift you, 

so that through our union

we can accomplish more than we could alone. 

When and How?

*Generally, your personal vows are expressed prior to the traditional vows, which are then followed by the ring exchange (the rings being a symbol of your expressed vows).

~You can write your vows on a card. Some people like the technology of their phone – personally I think the expression is more sacred with pen to paper.

~You can say them off the top of your head.

~You can write them two weeks in advance, or on the morning of the wedding.

The important thing here is to be yourself. If spontaneity is your thing, don’t try to force a prepared speech. And just smile at everyone who is pressuring you to write your vows – even your fiance.

Photo by Sara France

Photo by Sara France

*Alternatively you can write your shared vows together for your officiant to read, to which you simply respond, “I do” or “I will”:

Susan, will you take Joe to be your friend and your lifelong travel companion.  

Will you share your life with his, build your dreams together, support him in times of trouble and rejoice with him in times of happiness.

Ultimately, this is a beautiful expression of your unique love story. It can be whatever you want.

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