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Apr18

Event Review: Amy + Chris’s Handfasting Ceremony at the Falls River Square Ampitheater

Here’s a rare glimpse into a full wedding ceremony written mainly by the couple and officiated by Something New Entertainment MC Anna-Jeannine.  PLUS — stay tuned, next week, for pics from Amy + Chris’s Wedding Reception just feet away at the Falls River Square Pavilion!

PRELUDES:

Various by Vitamin String Quartet

“Songbird” by Eva Cassidy

“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five Sung by Mary Kay Daniels

BRIDAL PARTY PROCESSIONAL:

We Are the Champions performed by Vitamin String Quartet

FAMILY AND COUPLE PROCESSIONAL:

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Ingrid Michaelson

 

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GIFTS PRESENTED TO PARENTS:

For Amy and Chris, family is very important. They both have the amazing luck and privilege to have two sets of very supportive, kind, and loving parents. As they start their lives together, they will continue to strengthen their relationship with their parents and families. Amy and Chris want to express love and gratitude to their parents for holding the key to their journey and for continuing to strengthen all the love and expectations that they have for their future.

Our family is a circle of love and strength.
With every birth and every union, the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every obstacle faced together makes the circle stronger.

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THE CHARGE:

Amy and Chris, this ceremony is the outward token of your sacred and inward union of hearts, which the church may bless, and the state may make legal, but which is a union created by your loving purpose and kept by your abiding will.  It is in this spirit and for this purpose that you have come here to be joined together, today.

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

MEMORIAL CANDLE:

There are many people who could not be here today. There are many loved ones who have passed who we know are here with us today. There may even be some people here today who are only here in body but not in heart or in spirit. We would like to especially mention Ray Sylvester, John Rehs,

Mary Kay sings “Ave Maria.”

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WEAVING OF THE TAPESTRY:

There are many ways to represent the unity that two people chose. For Amy and Chris their unity includes so much more than just the two of them. While their unity is strong, it is stronger with the love of their friends and families. This tapestry represents how their bond is so much stronger with the love and support of all of you.

We invite you to sing along with “Weave.”  The words are on the back of your program.

Mary Kay sings “Weave.”  All join in.

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VOWS:

DJ AJ9: Amy and Chris have written their own vows and will now share them with each other.

Chris’s vows to Amy…

Amy’s vows to Chris…

EXCHANGE OF RINGS:

Do you each have rings?

From the earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of committed love.  A ring is a circle with no beginning and no end.  The unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never-ending. So may your love for each other be, a circle with no beginning and no end, complete forever.

Amy, take the ring which you have selected for Chris, place it on Chris’s finger, and say these words:

 This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my partner, from this day forward.

Chris, take the ring which you have selected for Amy, place it on Amy’s finger, and say these words:

            This ring, a gift for you, symbolizes my desire that you be my partner, from this day forward.

Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.

 

Chris and Amy's Handfasting Ceremony at the Ampitheatre at Falls River Square.  Officiated by Something New's Own DJ AJ9.  Photo by Amanda Campbell.

Chris and Amy’s Handfasting Ceremony at the Ampitheatre at Falls River Square. Officiated by Something New’s Own DJ AJ9. Photo by Amanda Campbell.

HANDFASTING:

Amy and Chris have chosen to dedicate themselves to one another in a Handfasting.  This is an ancient Celtic betrothal ritual of literally fastening their hands by tying them with cord.

Many handfasting ceremonies, like this one, acknowledge the bitterness along with the sweetness of our passions.

You may recognize that this tradition was the origin of a number of terms we use commonly, today, including “giving a hand in marriage,” “to tie the knot” and “binding agreement.”

The term “handfasting” comes from the Norse “hand-festa” which means “to strike a bargain by joining hands,” and that is where we being.  Therefore, Amy and Chris, will you please join hands?

Know now that since your lives have crossed, you have formed ties between each other. The promises you make today and the ties that are bound here will cross the years and will greatly strengthen your union.

With full awareness, know that you declare your intent to be handfasted before your friends and family. Do you still seek to enter this ceremony?

Amy & Chris: Yes, we seek to enter.

DJ AJ9: I bid you look into each others eyes.

Amy, will you honor Chris?

Amy: I will.

Chris, will you honor Amy?

Chris: I will.

DJ AJ9: Will you seek never to give cause to break that honor?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The First cord is draped across Amy and Chris’s hands.)

DJ AJ9: Amy, will you share Chris’s dreams?

Amy: I will.

DJ AJ9: Chris, will you share Amy’s dreams?

Chris: I will.

 DJ AJ9: Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The Second cord is draped across Amy and Chris’s hands.)

DJ AJ9: Amy, will you share Chris’s laughter?

Amy: I will.

DJ AJ9: Chris, will you share Amy’s laughter?

Chris: I will.

 DJ AJ9: Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The Third cord is draped across Amy and Chris’s hands.)

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DJ AJ9: Amy, might you ever burden Chris?

Amy: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Amy: No.

DJ AJ9: Chris, might you ever burden Amy?

Chris: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Chris: No.

DJ AJ9: Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The Fourth cord is draped across Amy and Chris’s hands.)

DJ AJ9: Amy, might you ever cause Chris pain?

Amy: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Amy: No.

DJ AJ9: Chris, might you ever cause Amy pain?

Chris: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Chris: No.

 DJ AJ9: Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The Fifth cord is draped across Amy and Chris’s hands.)

DJ AJ9: Amy, might you ever cause Chris anger?

Amy: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Amy: No.

DJ AJ9: Chris, might you ever cause Amy anger?

Chris: I might…

DJ AJ9: Is that your intent?

Chris: No.

 DJ AJ9: Will you together take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?

Both: Yes.

DJ AJ9: And so the binding is made.

(The Sixth cord is draped across the Amy and Chris’s hands.)

(The knot is tied)

DJ AJ9: The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords, but rather by your vows. For as always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.

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PRONOUNCEMENT:

In as much as you have consented together in this ceremony to live in in committed love with one another and have professed your vows in the presence of this company by the giving of these rings and by the fastening of your hands, by the power vested in me by the two of you, by your families, and by this company, I now pronounce you partners in love, life, and shenanigans!

You may kiss!

Family and friends, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time as a newly-committed couple: Amy and Chris!

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RECESSIONAL:

Don’t Stop Believin’ performed by Vitamin String Quartet

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