Before the wedding I would wonder what my favorite part of the day would be. I would think of friends' weddings that I attended and assume that the reception would be the best, or getting ready and putting on that BEAUTIFUL dress to knock his socks off had to take the cake.
But, in fact, my favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony. It was the start of forever. Time seemed to stand still in these moments and whenever I think back, all the excitement that a wedding day brings and the sacred act of getting married was summed up during those minutes as we promised to love one another forever.
So, I thought I would share our vows with you:
"I vow to live fully and fearlessly with you as we travel through life and to grow in character through the seasons of our marriage. I will respect you, be loyal, caring and supportive. As we age, our family's love and happiness will always be my priority. Your embrace will be my happy place and your heart will always be my home. I promise, above all else to live in faith and truth with you and never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. Every year, as we look upon the shooting stars, my wish will always be you...So today, I, Jessica-Lee, take you, Otto, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'till death do us part."
"Today I stand here before you, all our witnesses, anyone who will ever see this video, and most importantly I stand in front of God to make a promise to you. With all my heart I promise to always be faithful and supportive to you. I promise to always be there for you, to ensure we are a team, together. I promise to always take you into consideration and consult you with decisions. I promise, to at times, just be a listening ear and a shoulder to lay your head on. I promise to lead our family as a man should and make happiness a priority. I promise to one day be the best father to our children. Finally, I promise that our foundation will be God and His Word. And so, I Otto de Vries, take you, Jessica-Lee (de Vries) to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'till death do us part..."