We are gathered here today on holy ground in the house that Peyton built to celebrate the coming together in marriage of Bride and Groom .
Bride and Groom have covered a lot of yardage to be here today, and we welcome you all to the opening day of their long season together.
Marriage is an honorable estate and therefore it should entered into with faith, hope love and especially joy! And please don’t forget your passion for life and each other!
Who gives this woman to be married?
Dad: I do!
Believing this, are you, Bride and Groom, prepared to enter this covenant of marriage and to share all the joys and sorrow of this new relationship, whatever the future may hold? To bring your A game every time? To play fair? To work through every 3rd and long situation, working together to move toward your goals? To dedicate yourself to teamwork? Playing each game the best you can right through to the last whistle with the intent to not only make it to the playoffs but to win the SuperBowl?
When I met Bride and Groom I was wondering who the Colts fan was or were they BOTH big fans? They came in from DC and I grew up in DE and can very much remember the Colts in Baltimore so I wondered if they were those die hard fans. Turned out we are here for Bride! She’s the die hard fan! and my new best friend for inviting me to this wedding that dreams are made of. THANK YOU!!!
Turns out Groom, is an EAGLES fan!! If you don’t remember, they KILLED us last year. But, hey, bygones... You are HERE now! And they made you pay for security!!!
I’m sure Bride’s passion for football in general, be it IU or the Colts or the actual foot kind like Mann City makes her an extra good catch for most any man. Bass boats and big screen TV’s also help I’m told.
On the bright side - an eagle is a very good choice!! There are not many eagle scouts and they have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, they are goal-oriented, they are more likely to be in a leadership position, they report closer relationships with family and friends and work with others to improve their neighborhoods. All good husband qualities.
The Eagle in general stands for freedom and independence, innovation and leadership and solitude
In numerology the eagle is number one and that is a number for fresh new beginnings like today
Eagles are monogamous. They mate for life and use the same nest each year. The young mature slowly, reaching adult plumage in the third or fourth year. So be patient!
They are fearless, tenacious, nurturing, high fliers, filled with vitality, vision, and they never eat dead meat.
Characteristics of a Colt? The colt dome! And even though that’s in Hartford, CT - this place comes up first!!
To confuse things even more? Colt manufactures the single action six gun called the Cowboy. But let’s leave that out of it. We do not need to add the Cowboys to this too!
Bride, Be glad he’s an eagle and not a colt because generally, They castrate most of the male stallions to make them more marketable. - You definitely don’t want your Stallion gelded and you want to be sure he is OFF the market!!
Groom, do you choose Bride as your wife, to live together as husband and wife from this day forward? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, forsaking all others at home and on the road so long as you both shall live?
Bride, do you choose Groom as your husband, to live together as husband and wife from this day forward? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, forsaking all others at home and on the road so long as you both shall live?
The rings please...
Bride, with this ring I thee wed.
Groom, with this ring I thee wed.
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, seasoned and 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 work alongside yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. Such as during the IU and Colts games.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Bride and Groom, may you live happily ever after. May all your days be blessed with love and friendship. May each day and night of your lives be a new beginning. May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day, May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge, and satisfaction, humor and insight, healing and renewal, love and wisdom, as in a quiet heart. May you always feel that what you have is enough.
I now pronounce you Husband and wife!
YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE!!!!!!
The flowers that have been placed on the seats in the front row are for Bride’s mother and brother.
“Although we cannot see them
We know that they are here
Smiling down, watching over you
As you say “I DO”
enjoying every moment of this day
be it laughter through tears or
tears through laughter, both appropriate for a wedding.
Forever in your hearts
Forever in your lives”