Alan and Rachel's Wedding Ceremony

[processional]
[Monica and Scott C]
[Yuying and Brant]
[Vicky and H.T.]
[Rachel, alone--pausing to give rose to Sally, her mother]

Jamez:

Dearly beloved: we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Rachel Grey and Alan deLespinasse. This is a celebration of the joining of two souls already attuned to each other, an outward sign of a union of heart, mind and spirit that has already brought happiness to this couple and to those around them over the last several years. When such a bond exists, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement be made. We are here to bear witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who are already close in spirit.
Rachel:
Today I join my life to yours before this company, not only as your wife, but as your friend, your lover, and your confidant.
I pledge to love, honor and respect you;
to share my thoughts and feelings with you;
to help you when you need help and to turn to you when I am in need of help.
I pledge that this love will be my only love from this day forth.
I hope that in this marriage we will come to understand ourselves and the world better than ever before.

Alan, with these words I commit myself to you as your wife.

Alan:
Rachel, with these words I commit myself to you as your husband.
I pledge that this love will be my only love from this day onward.
I pledge to turn to you when I am in need of help, and to help you when you are in need;
to share my thoughts and feelings with you;
and to love, honor and respect you, not only as your husband, but as your confidant, your lover, and your friend.
Today, before this company, I join my life to yours.
Jamez:
Alan will now play the instrumental portion of the vows.
Alan:
[Beautiful 2-minute cello solo that made half the audience cry]
Jamez:
Traditionally, the marking of the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange of rings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love, which, when freely given, has no beginning and no end. We will now watch the Best Man fumble to get the rings out of his pocket.
[H.T. gave us the rings, Alan's to Rachel and Rachel's to Alan)

Alan:

Rachel, I give you this ring as a token of my love.
Rachel:
Alan, I give you this ring as a token of my love.
Jamez:
And now for the fine print.

Do you both promise to be slow to judge and quick to forgive, avoid doing things that might require forgiveness, and just generally be nice to each other?

Alan and Rachel:
We do.
Jamez:
Do you promise to stay as healthy as possible, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, floss your teeth and go to a doctor when necessary?
Alan and Rachel:
We do.
Jamez:
Since each of you depends for your happiness on the happiness of the other, do you each promise, for the sake of the other, to be as happy as possible?
Alan and Rachel:
We do.
Jamez (to the congregation):
Do you, their family and friends, promise your support and encouragement to the union that Alan and Rachel are forming here today?
Audience:
We do.
Jamez (with lots of drama):
By the power vested in me by the governor of Massachusetts, I now pronounce you husband and wife. [pause, turn to Alan]

You may kiss the bride.

Alan and Rachel:
[kiss]
[recessional]
[Alan and Rachel -- pausing to give rose to Doris, Alan's mother]
[Vicky and H.T.]
[Yuying and Brant]
[Monica and Scott]