INTERFAITH WEDDING CEREMONY
Patrina Dennin Estrada
Kyle Christian Dunlap
June 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Officiated by Rev. Bryan J. Guiot, MA, MTh
Good evening! Welcome one and all from near and far to this very special and sacred celebration of Love. We are gathered here in the presence of many witnesses – families and friends – on this solemn occasion for the purpose of uniting in marriage Patrina Dennin Estrada and Kyle Christian Dunlap.
This evening, we honor their relationship which has matured over time – an attraction that has grown from friendship to love with passion and deepening intimacy… and now further grows in civil commitment as a legal contract.
We are here to honor their promises to live the rest of their lives as husband and wife. We honor their desire to enter into legal wedlock. We honor their wishes and hopes and dreams in the name of Love. Therefore, let us make a wedding!
I invite you to show Patrina and Kyle that we consent to this celebration of their love and their intention to marry with our applause. (Applause!)
Please take just a moment to be mindful of why we are here today. Let us be aware of the abundant blessings we wish for this special couple. Please bow your heads in silence for just a moment. (Pause)
III. INSTRUCTION TO THE COUPLE
Patrina and Kyle, please face each other and join hands. I wrap my minister’s stole around your hands as a symbol of your sacred union before God, your family and your friends.
The contract of marriage is most solemn and is not to be entered into lightly, but rather thoughtfully and seriously with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities.
There are more than 7.3 billion people in the world today… from among all of those possibilities, you have chosen each other. We are here with you today to honor your choices, to pay witness to your love and to celebrate your union.
Your contract will have profound effects on yourselves, your families, your friends, your present and future lives and your status in this community. This marriage ceremony is an ancient cross-cultural ritual – people have been marrying each other across the planet for millennia.
Marriage is the very essence of human relationships. It challenges us to be of one accord without abandoning the truth of our individuality. It challenges us to not lose ourselves in one another but rather to walk side by side, hand in hand, heading in the same direction.
As with all relationships, marriage is an endless presentation of choices about how we want to be with one another. Each choice results in either more unity or more separation. Choose into that unity. Do not be afraid to sacrifice for your common good. You will both make mistakes. Always remember that forgiveness is the final form of love.
What is love? We believe that love is patient, love is kind and love is forgiving. It does not envy. It is not arrogant. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
Love protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love never fails. Please remember that love, loyalty and understanding are the foundations of a happy and enduring home. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to pledge.
IV. The Wedding Vows
Are you now ready to be married to each other?
Do you, Patrina, take Kyle to be your spouse for life? Do you, Kyle, take Patrina to be your spouse for life? Do you Kyle and Patrina promise to love and comfort each other, honor and keep each other in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, for better or for worse and be faithful to each other as long as you both shall live?
V. The Exchange of Rings
May I have your wedding rings, please.
God, our Father, Creator of the Universe and Author of all that is good, we stand before you today in the name of Love. We are mindful of our ancestors around the world who honor marriage and proclaim that, indeed, God is Love.We ask that you bless these rings and make them holy. They will be given to each other as an outward sign of their love and fidelity… A sign to each other and a sign to all persons going forward that this Love is blessed. May the seamless circle of these rings remind all of your marriage promises today.
(sprinkle the rings with Holy Water).
EXCHANGE OF RINGS
Place the ring on his/her finger and repeat after me to him/her:
Kyle, I give you this ring in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love. With this ring, I thee wed.
Patrina, I give you this ring in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love. With this ring, I thee wed.
These words were chosen by Patrina for this very Special Day. She has asked me to share them with you:
Before I pronounce you married partners, I have just one more thing I want you to do. Your wedding day is one that seems to fly. It’s a day filled with emotion, friends, rings and dances. Many people remember how fleeting their own wedding day was.
So I want you to take a few seconds to look into each others’ eyes. Think about the happiness that you are feeling in this place, in this moment. Really let that feeling register in your heart and your mind.
Now, I want you to think about your life together in twenty years. Where are you? What are you doing? We all know that your visions of the future are not identical, but always complimentary.
John Lennon once said,” a dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together, THAT is reality.” That new reality starts now.
VI. The Blessing
Now that you have joined yourselves in matrimony, may you strive all the rest of your lives to meet this commitment with the same love and devotion that you now possess.
Patrina and Kyle, you have declared your intention and your vows to each other before all of your family and friends gathered around you here this evening. I pray that the blessings of this day carry your forward through all the days of your lives. May you always find delight in each other and continue to grow as friends and as lovers in peace, understanding and forgiveness.
I will ask the best man to hold my portfolio binder so that I can extend my hands over your head:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His face on you and give you peace.”
By virtue of the authority vested in me as an interfaith minister by Clark County, Nevada, I now pronounce you, husband and wife for life.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and indeed very proud to be the very first to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Dunlap.
Now show us some love! (You may now kiss)