Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Wedding ceremony

The cutting of the cake was cute..having 4 hands on the knife…Landon, Alex, Andrew and Sophia.  
On the way to Maurie’s house I was holding the cake, and it was really hot in the car.  The  top layer of the cake started to slide and the cake was tipping.  I called out, “Wayne the cake isn’t straight.’  He said really quickly, “It will be’s for a gay wedding.”    

Liz's wedding ceremony:
Welcome – Everyone!  We gather here today to celebrate the wedding of Alex Gerhardt Buzelli and Landon Cole Welch. 
You have come here to share in this formal commitment Alex and Landon make to one another - to offer your love and support to this union and to allow them to start the ‘married’ stage of their life together surrounded by the people dearest and most important to them and by those watching from above.
Alex and Landon - I want you to take a look around you – Look at all of the love and support that is with you today.  There are people in this world who do not understand your love.  But – those of us who know you and love you, we see it – and we know that it is real.
So - we are here to affirm what is already a fact – the love that exists in your hearts - and that love has been strengthened by your differences and will grow in the hundred daily details of the life you build together.  We also know that you do not enter into this commitment alone.  Alex brings with him two wonderful, spunky, amazing children – Andrew and Sophia (our Best Man and Maid of Honor).  Over the past few years you have all gotten to know each other – living together, sharing meals, doing homework, vacationing together, performing musicals together (maybe not Alex) and just spending time together.  You have successfully melded into a modern-day family.  It’s all about Love.  And - Love is Love.

We will now have a reading by Patricia Buzelli . . . . .
Followed by the poem ‘Unitl We Could’ which will be read by Shawna & Traci Kalian-Laws and Alfie & Jim Derrick-Travassos

A wise women – who we all know( Gma Sheri)  – taught most of us about the 5 Love Languages.  We speak about this quite often in our family.  This philosophy has helped us all not only in our dealings with each other in general, but most importantly, the relationship we share with our spouse. 

Know your partner, learn with them and change with them through the years.  Ask anyone here who has been married –whether it be one year or over 50 years – and they will tell you it seems like yesterday when they met and fell in love – It is all worthwhile - but it also takes a lot of patience and work.  Look to them as examples of love, faith and family as they have learned the language of love.  And at last – you too can enter into this commitment.
Bre Welch will now perform ‘At Last’

Alex and Landon – today you celebrate one of life’s greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, as you join together in the vows of marriage.
Please face each other and take each other’s hands so that you may see the gift that they are to you.  These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. 
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it, support and encouragement to pursue your dreams, and comfort in difficult times.  And lastly, these are the hands that even years from now will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just one touch.

I would like you to now read the vows you have written for each other.
 Landon. . . . .Alex . . . . . .

And now, let’s seal your promises to each other with the rings as a symbol of your life shared together. 
Landon – repeat after me –
Alex Gerhardt Buzelli – this ring I give as a token and a pledge.  As a sign of my love and devotion, with this ring I thee wed

Now Alex – repeat after me –
Landon Cole Welch – this ring I give as a token and a pledge.  As a sign of my love and devotion, with this ring I thee wed

Pastor Jean Schwien will now offer a Blessing of Marriage

Marriage is a precious gift – it is a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.  Love never ends. Love is Love.
Alex and Landon, by the power of your love and commitment today, I now pronounce you married – you may kiss!

I now present to you – Alex & Landon Buzelli!

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