Meghan and Matthew's Wedding Ceremony
Excerpt from Opening Words
Today we formalize your union under this beautiful chuppah, made by Meghan’s father. The wedding canopy, made by Meghan’s mother from pieces contributed by both families, represents your marriage home, a place of shelter and haven of peace. The chuppah is the house of promises, held up by the strength of your dedication and love. It is the home of hope, surrounded with the support of your community.
Excerpt from Honoring of Guests
Indeed, everyone here is an important part of Matthew and Meghan’s lives. You are the people that truly know, care about and love them; having you in attendance to witness this event is like bestowing a blessing on their marriage and future together. You are part of building the stable core and support system for the family Meghan and Matthew will create together.
Excerpt from Minister's Address to the Couple
Meghan, since meeting you, Matthew told me he wakes up every morning glad for all he has, and hopeful to make things even better. You teach him more every day about emotions and feelings, and allow him to enjoy all that life has to offer. You have given him an understanding of love that keeps him going even on the toughest of days.
Matthew, you’ve given Meghan the courage to be emotionally open and available, even though it’s scary sometimes. You have helped her see she doesn’t always have to be strong; that she can lean on you when things are challenging. You have truly brought out the best in each other, encouraging the other to be who they truly are…and more.
Excerpt from Handfasting Ritual
The sacred promises you make to one another form an unbreakable bond. As you hold the hands of your beloved, I would offer your marriage this traditional Irish blessing:
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.