When the time came for the real wedding, I told the minister we wanted the same vows. We figured that since we had dome them once, there was no point in going over them again. Then came our wedding day. We stood in front of the audience of our dearest friends and family. And then the minister started the vows.
If you noticed the WTF? moment The Guy had on his face, you would think that he didn't want to marry me. However, if you were either The Guy or me, you would know that the minister read the wrong vows. However, you can't very well stop in midst of your wedding ceremony and go "Dude, where are our vows?" so we just powered through. Words such as "plenty" and "want" were being tossed around like confetti. It was very old timey and not at all what we had planned. But, whatever.
The minister does so many weddings, the odds are he just copied and pasted the wrong thing into his little program he had with him. At least, that is what I am going with. He's the sweetest man, so I don't think it was anything other than that. Although, he did throw the phrase CHRISTIAN marriage around a lot too.*
So, what I wanted to do was put my real vows out there for you all to see. I'm very glad we got to use them at the first wedding because they were very special to me. And, who knows, the way things with The Guy have been, we'll likely do a third wedding before too long. It seems like one every 2 months gets us a lot of gifts!
And with no further adieu, the real vows:
I, (name), take you; (name), to be my (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honour and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
*Don't get me wrong. I'm all about Christian marriage. However, every time he said it like that (and believe me he used his capital letters voice) it sounded more like a threat. I almost got the giggles, but held it together until the ring part where I then cried like a little girl.