Services


Wedding Ceremony


Tiffany and Michael
St. Kilda Botanical Gardens Melbourne

Music is playing while guests arrive and are seated.

Musical Selection
Northern wind – played by Josh during bridal procession

Celebrant walks to microphone
Celebrant stands aside.
Groom and Groomsmen take their places.
Special guests walk to their seats. ( Groom”s parents grandmother- Nana Margaret, mother of bride-Mary Jane )

Ring bearers (Koby & Bailey) walk down the aisle then
bridesmaids (Alex,Chelsea, Pamela, Lissy)
and Bride-Tiffany with her father-Ron .

Celebrant:
Welcome to the commitment ceremony of soon to be wedded Michael and Tiffany. Thank you all for coming today to witness this beautiful occassion.

Celebrant: Who brings this woman to be given to this man?

Ron: Her mother and I.
(Ron takes his seat)

We are gathered here to share in the joining of two very special people. This is more than a ceremony, this is a milestone occasion of celebration and personal commitment. The essence of this union is the taking of another person in their entirety, as companion, soul mate, best friends and confidant. It is therefore, a decision which is entered into with great consideration, respect, faith and love.

From today Tiffany and Michael will become closer than ever before. You will promise to love one another in sickness and in health, for better and for worse. The nature of love is unselfish, it’s foundations are forged from understanding, kindness and forgiveness.

Celebrant: Tiffany and Michael, do you come here freely to commit yourselves one to the other as you have so committed to marriage before God, family and friends?

Couple: We do.

INTRODUCTION

Michael and Tiffany met in the Cinque Terre, to her he was a cute Aussie backpacker who offered her a glass of wine and to him she was a pretty girl who actually gave him the time of day. The two became fast friends and continued spending time together from eating pizza and drinking Birra Moretti in Italy to getting stuck in underground car parks in Spain to crashing a boys trip to Thailand. They didn’t talk much about the future, but when they parted ways they always had each other in their minds. So Michael followed her to the states in 2010 and they have been eating pizza and drinking whatever beer of the country they happen to be in ever since. For Michael and Tiffany today is about choosing to continue to love and adventure with each other.

Today they have decided to make that solemn vow to each other before God, all of your family and friends present. Tiffany and Michael see marriage as two people coming together to create a space of stability, love and consultation. They have chosen to work together, to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.

In coming here today, therefore, they are making a commitment to work towards expanding their love and respect for each other on a daily basis. They know that a relationship can never be taken for granted, but can only survive and grow when each person maintains the will to openly, honestly and sensitively develop the relationship as partners. It is in this spirit that they now stand before us.

READING Michael’s sister -Melanie Armstrong

From ‘Imitation of Christ’ Thomas a Kempis

EXCHANGE OF VOWS
For centuries, couples have spoken vows to one another and while they are very simple words, they have extraordinary meaning and importance. As you speak them to each other, you will discover that these are truly sacred promises, and sacred promises must be kept forever.
Please repeat after me…

Michael to Tiffany:
Tiffany, before God, and our families and friends, I ask you to be my wife.
I promise to love and cherish you, I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion and my most tender care. Therefore, throughout life no matter what may lay ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful husband.

Tiffany to Michael :

Michael, before God, our families and friends, I ask you to be my husband, I promise to love and cherish you, I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion and my most tender care. Therefore, throughout life, no matter what may lay ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful wife.

Best Man/Woman step forward

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

These rings are a symbol of the endless love Tiffany and Michael share. Wear these rings as a reminder of the promises you have made to each other today.

Michael to Tiffany :
I give this ring as a symbol of my vow. With all that I am and all that I have. with this ring I pledge my love and commitment to you.

Tiffany to Michael, I give this ring as a symbol of my vow, with all that I am and all that I have, With this ring I pledge my love and commitment to you.

Although this is indeed a high point, marriage is a journey not a destination. Marriage is more than one single event or promise. It is a series of decisions that have been made and continue to be made over and over again, every day. Decisions that show each other their care and concern for the one whom they love the most.
Marriage is a promise that is renewed daily through a couples actions, it is a responsibility taken on in the spirit of faith, hope and love. It brings comfort in times of sadness and heightens our greatest joy.

Poem Tiffany and Michael
Somewhere across the horizon, they met
Two backpackers hauled from airport to the wharf
From one destination to the next then back
Him carrying man stuff, her stuff the femine version
Between dodgy backpackers and semi romantic two star digs
they swagged, camped; the rough, the tumbl.
Chilled beer devoured each others pizza and words
soothing the aches and fortifying the courage.
Two backpackers met as friends
as closeness moved towards,
the most travelled destination,
the one we all call love.

From different points on the spread flat compass they came,
Making sense, attraction and connection.
Two accents meeting on the akward plane of life
God took note and smiled in one of those telling ways
He knew, what they’d not noticed.
Bruised shoulders thick with travel tales
They glanced into each others eyes
the fleeting becomes the long
as longest becomes that smile of their love.

Making sense of something new,
Two souls upon a counterpoint point of trust.
They kissed, not as friends as they had been
A kiss of lovers that blew dust of Aussie red and blue of spangled stars
from global corner point , from Oz to USA
That happenchance of travel as two soul’s search,
collided into one
As friendship told her story that this love would soon revere.

Bruised shoulders thick with travel tales
They glanced into each others eyes
The fleeting becomes the long
as longest becomes the smile of their love
Two backpackers met as friends
as closeness moved towards,
that most travelled destination,
the one we all call love.

SIGNING OF CERTIFICATE
Musical Selection
Tiffany’s Sister and Josh on Guitar accompaniment and voice

I invite you now to sign your Certificate of Commitment and ask Ron and Rob to be witnesses to this signing as well.

BLESSING AND FINAL DECLARATION

Tiffany and Michael, your deep love for each other has united you this day. May it continue to grow stronger every day, as you nurture and come together to an even deeper stage in your relationship. May you continue to dream together, hope together, and to always be true. May you grow old together in the company of your loving family and friends.

You have declared your love before God and all of us, affirming that you will both live in a loving, committed and everlasting relationship.

Therefore, in the presence of your family and friends, I take great pleasure in declaring you partners for life, Michael you may now kiss your bride.

The couple recess down the aisle to much jubilation and celebration!!!

Musical Selection
Horns of Leroy Jazz Funk Band
Groomsmen- Brendon Cross, Ben Arm


Funeral Ceremony

Divvy

WITHOUT YOU
Storm Beach without you
Without you, without you
Is like a butterfly without dust
A child’s hand without her fathers
A moon lit beach without lovers
A poet without words
A man without children
Grand children without grandfather
Children without laughter
Laughter without smile
Wit without character
Without you, without you
A smile without eyes
A larakin without beer
A dog without master
An avary without bird
A song without lyrics
First light without wave
An actor without drama
Football without team
Blue without white
A sailboard without wind
A catch without fish
Without you, without you
Nylon line without hook
An outboard without two stroke
A boat without transom
The sun without warmth
The moon without sleep
A shoreline without flotsam
A wave without surfer
A sailor with out sail
A fisherman without rod
You without Malibu
A coastal town without you
Storm Beach without you, without you

Farewell
Library and will, Steel sharp mind
Prodigious, catalogue of words…
Our last great intellectual..
An act of fiefdom early,
Not picked as a purple berry
Gone, not to God,
But dust into eternity
To the library of those brilliant minds
Spell it out and say it right,
for all those gods out there,
Beware…………..
Roman to Egyptian.
Go tell your headsman Yaya’s
at your door.