Virtual Wedding Ceremony

For those of you who didn't make it to the wedding. Here is a virtual wedding ceremony.

Arrival at Ledges State Park
Everyone gathered at the Carl Fritz Henning Shelter.

Laurence plays the song he wrote called "ain't she pretty" on his cello.

Foy comes in with her dad.

Father Terry Welcomes Everyone
On behalf of Foy, Jeff, I welcome all of you, and am elated that you could join us for this marriage celebration. We are here today to encourage, celebrate and support the covenant these two people, beloved to us, now make. The marriage they are creating here has roots in themselves, and the love, friendship, and guidance each of us has offered them. They have asked us to be with them here today, because we are a community of loved ones. We rejoice in the ways life has led them to each other and brought them to the place where they now stand.
The charming groomsmen.

The beautiful bridesmaids
Father Terry: Jeff, the woman who stands by your side is about to become your wife. She will look to you for comfort, for support, for understanding, for encouragement, and for protection. You must never take her for granted, and always consider her along with yourself.

Jeff: Foy, as freely as God has given me life,I bind my life with yours.Wherever you go, I will go.Whatever you face, I will face.For good or ill, in happiness or sadness,Come riches or poverty, I choose you as my wife.

Same thing to Foy.

Reading 1 by Lynette
Colossians 3:12-16
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians
[12] You are the elect of God, holy and beloved, be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.
[13] Forbearing one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. As God forgave you; now you must do the same.
[14] Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
[15] And let the peace of God reign in your hearts, it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With grace in your hearts sing praise to God.
This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 2 by Tom Batkiewicz
Adapted from "Union" by Robert FulghumFoy and Jeff, you have known each other for ten years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of Yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another – remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another during these years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife.

Moment of SilenceFather Terry: Please spend a few moments in silence, to listen to yourself, to nature, and to appreciate your own blessings of love and family.

Marriage VowsFather Terry: Since it is your intention to marry, join your right hands and declare your consent.

Do you Jeffrey Michael Diesburg take Foy to be your lawful wedded wife to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live.

Jeff: I Do.

Do you Foy take Jeff to be your lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live.

Foy: I Do.

Exchange of Rings
Song Simple Gifts
Father Terry: Foy and Jeff, as a collection of words, this ceremony would count for little, were it not for the love and commitment you here pledge to one another. Your vows may have been spoken in minutes, but your promises to each other will last a lifetime.Those who are joined by this sacred covenant, let no one put asunder. As Foy and Jeff have pledged themselves to meet sorrow and joy as one family before this community of friends, I now pronounce them husband and wife.
You may kiss your bride.
RecessionalWritten and played by Laurence entitled "okay we are done now, you can go".
Yeah, we're married!

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