Ceremony Today we meet by the sea, as the two of you become one / Here where the earth meets this constant and unlimited force, and as these waters may the love that you share be limitless, flowing and everchanging / May your love forever redefine itself and may it hold for you, the very essence of life. Now in pledging your lives and your love to one another, you acknowledge the changes in your existence and celebrate your commitment to a strong and aware relationship. May your love touch and enrich all those with whom you come in contact, just as these great waters that surround us, touch, nourish and continue to transform the many shores of our planet. Leis Here in the islands of Hawaii, we exchange Leis as a symbol of our love / The Lei holds a very special significance at weddings and in essence represents your married life together / The flowers nuts and the leaves of the Lei represent the love that you bring to the marriage, and the twine that holds it all together, represents the marriage bond. As you exchange these Leis today, you will begin to weave your Lei of life together. So with loving aloha will you please present one another with your Leis with a hug, and a kiss upon the cheek. Gathering We are gathered here today to celebrate and dedicate the joy and the deep meaning of the union of ---------- and ----------- in this sacred commitment / The essence of this covenant is the acceptence of each other as lover, as companion,and as friend. It is therefore a decision that is not entered into lightly, by rather undertaken with great consideration and great respect for ourselves and each other. This ceremony today can set the tone for your entire life together. This is the visible symbol of the on going wedding process in which the two of you grow, in love and in union. It represents the welding of two souls together as one. It is also a demonstration of the bonding which will free you to grow in your own unique way, but most importantly, still together. Today your individual memories, desires and hopes all come together in this union of love. It is the time to release the past, to forgive any and all greivances, bringing only those memories desires and hopes to this union, of your future days together. Are you willing to do this, and are you now ready to exchange your vows? Please face each other and join hands and ---------- will you please repeat after me / I -------- receive you --------- as my partner and love / beside me and apart from me , in sickness and in health, in conflict and serenity, asking only that you be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you , and trusting what I do not know / In all the ways that life may bring-----------------repeat Prayer Oh gracious and everliving God, you have created us both male and female in your own image / Look mercifully upon these two people, who come to you seeking your blessing and assist them with your grace / That with true fidelity and steadfast love, they may honor and keep the promises and the vows that they make here today. Amen Rings Your rings by their very shape are symbols of eternal unity, without begining or without end. They are the emblem of the love that exists between you and they characterize your devotion to one another. Let them always be a reminder of the commitments you make here today. Please take --------- ring and place it upon the fourth finger of their left hand and repeat after me / ---------------- with this ring, I promise to grow with you, to build our love, to speak openly and honestly. To listen to you and to love and cherish you for all the days to come / From this day forward, you shall not walk alone, my heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home / With this ring, I thee wed ------ repeat Blessing, Apache Indian Benediction: Now you will feel no rain / for each of you will be shelter for the other / Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other / Now there is no loneliness for you, for now you are two people but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place and enter into the days of togetherness, and may your days be good and long together. And now, by the power vested in me by the state of Hawaii, it is my honor and my privilege to pronounce you husband and wife, you may seal this covenant with a kiss.