The following is the third in my series of personalised wedding ceremonies that I have conducted.
Excerpts from Julie and Joe’s wedding held on Sunday 8th March 2009 at the old bandstand in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. They had flautists playing in the bandstand before the ceremony started and during the signing.
Julie and Joe met at a birthday party on 11th July 2004. It was a cold night and Julie was standing in front of the fire eating an extra large pizza by herself. She was wearing a red plastic (plether!) jacket. Joe saw her and a few things went through his mind, great to see a girl that can eat, (she was actually stuffing her face). He was also concerned that her jacket would melt in front of the fire!
The first thing Julie noticed was Joe’s eyes, and the way he spoke, easy going friendly, everything was funny. Joe knew she was a parent and they immediately had that in common. He also loved her sense of humour. Julie thought it was cute the way he immediately pulled pictures of his children out of his wallet to show her.
Joe dropped his business card in Julie’s bag but she didn’t notice it until weeks later. Joe’s kids were calling him so he reluctantly left early. She had to wait two whole days for him to ring her.
Joe said “My mate behind my back was already calling her, but I decided to be cool and do the right thing by making her wait!”
Julie said “My perfect star sign was Capricorn and Joe was Capricorn, the one I have been waiting for!”
Reading “My Friend” author unknown
I love you, not for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.
I love you, not for what you have made of yourself. But for what you are making of me.
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 just by being yourself.
Julie, this ring I give you, it is my personal gift
My personal promise of love and trust, and pride that you are my wife
Joe, this ring I give you, it is my personal gift
My personal promise of love and trust, and pride that you are my husband.
Celebrant (as last ring was placed)
Lord, help us – author unknown
Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us. Help us to work that love into practical things so nothing can divide us. We ask for words both kind and loving, and for hearts always ready to ask for forgiveness, as well as to forgive. Dear Lord, we put our marriage into your hands.
I was in contact with Julie last week her comments were: “We are both doing well, we still have the three step kids who were 7, 8 and 11 when we met and now 19, 21, and 23. We are not silly, enjoying our freedom and travelling heaps!”