"We are gathered here in the presence of God, and the family and friends of Ben & Ashley as Ben & Ashley come to be joined in marriage. Marriage is a holy state instituted by God, commended in scriptures as honorable, enter it lawfully and in true affection. It ought not be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and reverently, dually concerned the causes for which it was ordained. It was ordained for the allowing of union between man and woman. The natural instincts and affection being directed right; they should live in purity and honor. It was ordained for the companionship, help and comfort which husband and wife ought to have for each other. It was ordained for the increase of mankind and for the good order in our society. In marriage, husband and wife belong to one another.
Who presents this woman, Ashley, to be married to this man, Ben?
Joel: I do.
Thank you. (If guests are still standing…If you so desire, you may be seated.) Ben, Ashley, I require and charge you both, as in the presence of God, if either of you know of any reason you may not lawfully be joined together in marriage, do now confess it.
Ben, you are going to say after me: I do solemnly declare / that I know not / of any lawful impediment / why I , Ben, / cannot lawfully be joined in marriage to Ashley.
Lady: I do solemnly declare / that I know not / of any lawful impediment / why I , Ashley, / cannot lawfully be joined in marriage to Ben.
Ben, will you take Ashley to be your lawful wedded wife and friend? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Ashley, will you take Ben to be your lawful wedded husband and friend? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health, and be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
We have come to the point where we are going to have the exchange of vows where you will be committing yourself to each other in marriage. As you look each other in the face, I want to wish you all the best. Let no one or anything come between you. Let this relationship be dominated by love, trust, commitment, communication, respect, maturity, and a willingness to work together for the good of the relationship. Marriage is said to be a partnership. In this partnership, what you put into it is what you’ll get it out of it. This relationship, then will be what you make of it. Ben, Ashley, Ashley, Ben, good or bad, it is up to you both, under God, it is more than possible for this relationship to be the best ever, second to none. Marriage is founded on sincerity and understanding which leads to tolerance, confidence, and trust. The Word of God reminds us that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”1 Corinthians 13:4-8
As you look at each other in the face, Ben, you will be saying after me:
I, Ben, / do take you, Ashley, / to be my lawful wedded wife and friend, / to have and to hold / from this day forward.
I, Ashley, / do take you, Ben, / to be my lawful wedded husband and friend, / to have and to hold / from this day forward.
Now together, both of you will be saying:
For better or for worse / for richer or poorer / in sickness and in health / to love and to cherish / as long as we both shall live, / this is my solemn vow.
You will be giving and receiving rings as a token of the covenant made.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for Ashley and Ben and for the commitment made in marriage. I commit them to You in prayer and ask Your blessings upon them. May they find contentment and satisfaction in each other. Now to give and receive rings as a token of the covenant of marriage; commit these rings in prayer and ask Your blessings upon them. Set these rings apart from other use, except that of binding together Ben & Ashley in holy matrimony. Receive these rings unto purpose, bless Ben, bless Ashley, as they wear these rings and may these rings be a constant reminder to them of the love they share and commitment made in marriage this day. Amen."
(Ben repeat) I give you this ring / as a sign of our marriage, /Amen.
(Ashley repeat) I give you this ring / as a sign of our marriage, /Amen.
(Join right hands – under. Join left ring hands – above.) All stand, please.
Ashley, Ben, Ben and Ashley, no longer 2 but 1, whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Prayer: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace now and forever more. Amen
For as much as Ben and Ashley have consented together in marriage, having witnessed the vows Ashley and Ben have made to each other surrounded by their family and friends, God’s love, and the sand, the sun, and the ocean, by the authority vested in me by Universal Life Church and the state of Texas, I now declare you, Ben and Ashley, husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride!
I have the greatest pleasure of presenting Mr. & Mrs. LeDesma!
As you congratulate them, I want to say to you, Mr. & Mrs. LeDesma, that in the school of marriage, you have both gained your Doctorate. Dr. of Love and Dr. of Love. For you, Ben, PhD – Please her daily, and for you, Ashley, PhD, Please him daily, and you will have a togetherness without end. The Lord bless you!