We have come so that this man, Surya, and this woman, Corinne, may be joined in marriage.It is not to be entered into lightly but with certainty, with mutual respect, and with a sense of reverence that does not preclude beauty, humor, or joy.Yet may they not merely accept and give affection between themselves but also seek the lonely and the outcast in friendship. " We who are present, and those not here who care, hope that the inspiration of this hour will not forgotten.
" Today’s celebration of human affection is therefore the outward sign of a sacred and inward commitment that religious societies may consecrate and states may legalize, but which neither can create nor annul. Do you, Surya, pledge your faithful love to Corinne for the rest of your life? Huntley: Do you, Corinne, pledge your faithful love to Corinne for the rest of your life? Huntley: Surya, what pledge do you offer in token of these vows? Huntley: As you give this ring, symbol of your commitment in marriage, to Corinne, repeat after me: “With this ring I wed you and promise to take you to be the light of my days, the comfort of my nights; [Groom repeats to bride] To love and to cherish, to honor and to comfort, to support and to nurture, to challenge and to grow…
Such union can only be created by loving purpose, be maintained by abiding will, and be renewed by human feelings and intentions. [Groom repeats to bride] To double our happiness and halve our sorrows, in hardship and in ease, to have and to hold from this day forth!
" Love can be one of the highest experiences that come to humankind.
At its best it reduces our selfishness, deepens our personalities, and make life far more meaningful.
She remained my advisee through her junior year she spent at Waseda University in Japan, where I taught in the year l986-7.
During Homecoming Week-end in October of 2010 I was able to make a presentation on my "wedding album project" to alumni.
" Matrimony symbolizes the ultimate intimacy between a man and a woman; yet this closeness should not diminish but strengthen the individuality of each partner.
A marriage that lasts is one the always has a little more to grow.
And stand together yet not too near together For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
" Thus it is out of the resonance between individuality and union that love, whose incredible strength is equal only to its incredible fragility, is born and reborn.
Novelist George Eliot once asked: “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined…to strengthen each other…