Don & Stina's Wedding: 6.5.11

Wedding Vows


Friends and family of the Bride and Groom, what a joy it is to welcome you here, for we have come to celebrate the miracle of love and to witness the union of Donald Kiesling and Stina Larson.  Every experience you have ever had, everything you have ever done, everything you have ever learned has brought you to this moment as you now stand before these witnesses to take each other as husband and wife.  New experiences lie before you with opportunities to grow deeper in love with each other.  As you walk hand in hand into the future, cherish each moment as a gift—a gift given to strengthen the bond between you.


Don and Stina, as you give your hand to the other, are you both ready to be united as husband and wife?
(Both answer): Yes
Who presents Stina to be married to Don?
(Bob) I do
(Bride gives bouquet to Maid of Honor.)

Address and Readings

Today, you are taking into your care and trust the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart.  You are agreeing to share life’s deepest and richest experiences.  You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of mutual respect.  You have invited these guests to share in the celebration of your love, a love that now culminates in your union as husband and wife.
When you enter into marriage, you enter into life’s most important relationship.  It is a gift, given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is unrest, laughter when there is happiness, and love when it is shared.  Real love goes far beyond the feelings of romance and bliss. It is caring more about the well being and happiness of your marriage partner than you own needs and desires.  Love makes burdens lighter because you can divide them.  It makes joys more intense because you share them.  It makes you stronger so you can become involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone.  Real love says you are stronger together than when you are apart.
A successful marriage is not something that just happens.  It takes work and it takes effort. Most importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you. A good marriage must be created.

Excerpt from “The Gift of the Sea”
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

Wedding Vows

Don, please repeat after me.
I Don, take you, Stina, / to be my partner in life. / I promise to walk by your side forever / and to love, help, and encourage you / in all that you do. / I will take time to talk with you, / to listen to you, / and to care for you. / I will share your laughter and your tears / as your partner, lover, and best friend. / Everything I am and everything I have is yours / now and forever more.

Stina, please repeat after me.
I, Stina, give myself to you Don, / on this our wedding day. / I will cherish our friendship, / and love you today, tomorrow and forever. / I will trust you and honor you. / I will love you faithfully / through the best and the worst, / through the difficult and the easy. / What may come I will be there always. / As I have given you my hand to hold, / so I give you my life to keep.

Explanation of the rings

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love.  The ring is a circle which has no end and symbolizes the never-ending love that exists between you.  Stina’s ring is gold and diamonds and is a symbol of the riches that reside in you.   The precious gems of Stina’s ring, radiate a quality and a brilliance that set them apart from ordinary stones. Don has a carbon fiber ring.  The carbon fiber is a symbol of pure awesomeness.  May these rings always reflect the light of your love throughout your life together.  Wear them as a sign of the love that exists between you, the love which now your hearts enfold and your words express.

Exchange of the Rings

May we have the rings? (Julian receives ring from best man)
Don, repeat after me.
I give you this ring. / Wear it with love and joy.  / As this ring has no end, / neither shall my love for you. / I choose you to be my wife / this day and forevermore.
Stina, please repeat after me.
This ring I give you / in token of my love and devotion / and with my heart / I pledge to you all that I am. / With this ring I marry you / and join my life to yours.

Wedding Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter for the other.  Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.  Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.  Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.  Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of your togetherness.  May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.  May happiness be your companion and may your days together be good and long upon the earth.


Don and Stina, because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage and demonstrated this by exchanging your vows and giving each other rings, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Don, you may kiss your bride. (Bride and groom kiss.)


(Stina gets bouquet from Laurel) Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Kiesling.


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