A Wedding in Rapture Ceremony
As many of you know, earlier this month I married the greatest man in the universe. I have received a few requests about the ceremony transcript, and so I promised to deliver!
Here, in its entirety, is the ceremony. Because we decided on our vows not one or two hours beforehand (picture me sitting on the couch in the ladies lounge upstairs with my friends as I scribbled them on paper for Andrew and I), I have inserted them into the ceremony.
Our vows came from a small book of the various mushy things we said to one another our first year of dating. I compiled them in the book as a gift to Andrew, because we were still so far apart at the time. The vows were written by me as part of a few poems that I wrote about how Andrew made me feel about life and everything, so please try not to puke too much.
Alright, enough rambling! Check out the ceremony below, in blue. Enjoy. :]
Welcoming of the Guests & Ceremony by Officiant, Jamie Orr.
1. Officiant & Ushers have all guests take their seats.
Would you kindly…please refrain from using any and all flash photography or videography.
2. Honored family escorted to their seats as part of processional.
3. Bridesmaids walk down the aisle with Groomsmen.
4. Bride walks down the aisle to the Legend of Zelda theme by the Minibosses with Jimmy.
Would you kindly…be seated.
Welcome everyone! Andrew and Jessica have chosen you, their dear friends and family, those who have touched their lives, to share in their joy this evening as they celebrate their marriage.
Your presence tonight is a deep expression of the love and support you have shown and will continue to show them throughout their joined life.
Marriage address: The Love Story
Andrew and Jessica came together through the chaotic wonder of probabilities, with the help of a guy named MC Frontalot. I wasn’t familiar with the artist myself, and so in preparing for this occasion, decided to read through his lyrics and try and find something relating to love.
While not likely the intent of the song overall, one phrase stands out:
“I’ll read you poetry, I’ll tell you what I know to be true,
I’ll make a sentimental observation about the moon,
I’ll kiss you so that you could think that kisses are sublime,
but I won’t spend a penny ‘cause all that you’re worth is my time.”
Love, this beautiful miracle of chance is an opportunity to share the most precious gift bestowed upon our lives — time.
Time as an expression of love was a common theme in another great love story – that of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Carl Sagan is probably best known for his planetary research rather than his romanticism, his science, not his heart. I’d like to paraphrase some of Ann’s words expressing what their love was like, even after his passing:
“…the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is… Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance. . . . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind. . . . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. . . . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful. . . . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.”
Andrew and Jessica, I want you to remember this tonight and for every day of your marriage. You found one another in the cosmos — across states, across years, and are now standing here today. All the combinations that had to align to make this moment happen are mind boggling, but luckily we can just call it love.
The Declaration of Intent
Now, please join your hands, and with your hands your hearts. (From Henry VI)
Do you, Jessica, choose Andrew to be your partner in life, to support and respect him, to be there in times of need, to soothe him in times of pain, to nurture his dreams, and to grow with him throughout the seasons of your life together?
Jessica: I do.
Do you, Andrew, choose Jessica to be your partner in life, to support and respect her, to be there in times of need, to soothe her in times of pain, to nurture her dreams, and to grow with her throughout the seasons of your life together?
Andrew: I do.
Now Jessica and Andrew would like to share their vows:
Jessica: I totally love you.
Andrew: Dude, you are totally loved back.
Jessica: Life is complicated and beautiful. It gives us unlimited possibilities, but asks great things of us in return.
Andrew: It opens our eyes to a universe filled with questions, and hopes we may realize we are living the answers.
Jessica: It challenges us to find meaning in this crazy universe, yet shows us that all we need is right under our noses.
Andrew: Life is complicated and beautiful.
Jessica: Let’s enjoy it together.
Andrew, as you place this ring on Jessica’s left hand, please repeat after me: “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this. With this ring, I give to you all that I am, and accept from you, all that you are.”
Jessica, as you place this ring on Andrew’s left hand, please repeat after me: “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this. With this ring, I give to you all that I am, and accept from you, all that you are.”
In closing, I’d like to paraphrase wise words from Mass Effect:
You know what, you’re right. About everything. [You] think about losing [one another] and can’t stand it. The galaxy will just keep going. Everything, even the Reapers, will come around again. But Andrew and Jessica … you … are important right now. This is what will never happen again.
Declaration of marriage
You have now declared your love and vowed your commitment in front of your loving family and friends. So, it is with great joy that I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Andrew, please kiss your bride! [lots of smooching and clapping]
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Henninger!
Groomsmen & Bridesmaids exit in pairs after bride & groom.
Expect a few different articles in the future once we get photos and video taken care of!