Friday, May 6, 2011

Our Vows Will Make You Have to Pee.

Hey everybody!

If you've been keeping up with the blog, you know that I cried like a sissy during my wedding because Meredith and I decided we'd write our own vows.

What I liked most about writing our own vows is that I got to actually think about what I was saying - I knew that if I was just repeating a preacher, I'd zone out (hey, I attend a lot of weddings).

I filmed our vows, but in all my nervousness I sat the camera down in front of a fountain, making it kinda hard to hear (and making me have to use the bathroom every time I watch the video - haha!)

So instead of making you sit through it, I thought I'd just type out the text of our vows. 

Dale's vows to Meredith: I've written these vows ten separate times in my head. As with everything I now do in my life, I crave your aproval and admiration, so writing my wedding vows without your feedback is simply the most difficult thing I've had to do in the this entire wedding process. I believe this speaks highly of my trust in you, and begins to demonstrate the depth of my love.

Meredith, to me you are a candle, a song, and a map. God sent you to me in a time of personal darkness. I was lost, without light, and God sent a candle to light up my world. [on a side note, it was a scented candle because you always smell so pretty.]

Next, in you, God sent a song. He knows how deeply and fully I connect through music, so it is so fitting that your voice was his instrument in not only making me fall helplessly in love with you, but also in showing me His plan for my life. Your song is one of hope, and paints a bright picture of our future together as husband and wife. 

Lastly, in you, God sent me a map. You take me to places I never knew existed...places I was too narrow minded to conceive. Your guidance has taken me on such an adventure, so unfathomable, that it clearly shows God has his hand on us.
So now I make a promise to you, to Ellie, to our friends and family, and to God:
I will love you without limit.
I will respect and honor you without hesitation
and I will fight for you without rest.

Thank you for marrying me. It is such a gift.


Mere's vows to me: I marry you today because you're my best friend, and because I love you, but more importantly because I truly know God created you for me. I am forever changed because of who you are and what you've meant to me.
Because I'm not as profound a writer as you, I've chosen to read a poem by Roy Croft.
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can't help dimly seeing there,
and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find
I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple.
Out of the works of my every day not a reproach but a song.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.

Talk to you soon,

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