The wedding ceremony

Jon and I wrote our own wedding ceremony, which is posted below. The only change that I recall the Justice of the Peace making was to add a part at the end where he mentioned "by the power vested in me by the state of Louisiana"..

Good afternoon. Julia and Jonathan wish to welcome all of you today. They have chosen to announce that they are uniting in marriage, and they want you, their friends and family, to be here to celebrate what has already become a reality within and between them. The love they have discovered and nurtured together is what has brought us here. I am delighted that you are present to witness the act that shall join Julia Pitre and Jonathan Nathan in marriage.

Are you both prepared to give yourselves to each other as husband and wife?

Marriage is an expression of commitment and love between two people. It strengthens the bonds between you, and emphasizes the trust and caring with which you support each other. It is the foundation on which you will build the rest of your lives. It is a commitment that should not be taken lightly.

A successful marriage does not come merely through finding the right partner, but through being the right partner. Julia and Jonathan, remember to be the right partners for each other.

(Groom's vow)
I take you, Julia to be my wife. I promise to respect and support you, to be patient and loving towards you, to work by your side to achieve the things we value and dream of, and to savor our time together. I pledge to you all of these things with all my heart for the rest of our lives.

(Bride's vow)
Jonathan, with all my heart, I take you to be my husband. I will love you through the good and the bad, through joy and the sorrow. I will try to be understanding, and to trust in you completely. Together we will face all of life's experiences and share one another's dreams and goals. I promise I will be your equal partner in a loving, honest relationship, for as long as we both shall live.

(Ring Introduction)
I will now ask you to seal the vows you just shared by the giving and receiving of rings. The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity. Wear them as a sign of your love and a reminder of your commitment to each other.

(Ring exchange vows - Bride and Groom exchange)
I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and devotion. As this ring has no end, neither does my love for you.

May the days and years to come be filled with understanding and joy. May your love continue to grow, enriching you and those around you. Wherever you go, may you always return to one another. May the challenges life brings you make your marriage even stronger, and may you always be each other's best friend and greatest love.

Jonathan and Julia, today we have witnessed the joining of your lives in marriage. I now pronounce you man and wife.