Chels and Shelb,

I want you to remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. A promise. A belief in each other and the possibility of love. A decision to ignore, simply rise above the pain of the past. A covenant, which at once binds two souls and yet severs prior ties. A celebration of the chance taken and the challenge that lies ahead. For two will always be stronger than one, like a team braced against the tempest civil world. And love will always be the guiding force in our lives. For tonight is a mere formality. Only an announcement to the world of feelings long held. Promises made long ago. In the sacred spaces of our hearts.

Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute - even when the waters get deep, and dark. So fall in. Break through it, and when you stumble in the cold, she will urge you onward. And in your darkest hour, should storms rage around you now, her love will be a shelter, and she will pull you under.  In her arms you will never starve. You will never freeze, and when the world is hard, you can fall asleep there. In a world of chaos, she could be your silence. The oceans of her kindness, they will pull you under.

                                                                                                          Love, Christel

Victoria and John David, 

My hope for you is this: That you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great fortune in having found each other. 

To make a home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming, to each do meaningful, productive work at home and in the world and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you. 

                                                                                               Love, Christel