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Bruce Mulkey & Shonnie Lavender’s marriage vows

Here are our marriage vows, commitments that we continue to uphold. Our wedding took place on May 30, 1999 at Bend of Ivy Lodge near Asheville, North Carolina.

Bruce’s vows

I will join you in full partnership to co-create the life we both envision.

I will join you in living consciously, purposefully, passionately, congruently.

I will join you in creating true community and a more compassionate world in which to live.

I will laugh and dance and sing and have fun with you.

I will tell you the truth even when I think you might not want to hear it, and I will hear you when you tell me your truth.

I will afford you your humanity and not expect you to always be at your best.

When you forget who you really are, I’ll remind you of your power, spirit, integrity, intelligence, creativity, athleticism and beauty.

I will remember that any anger, resentment, frustration I show toward you is more about me than about you and will refuse to hold ill will toward you.

I will be true to you and honor the commitments that we make to one another for all our days.

I will open my heart to you and love you with all my being.

Shonnie’s vows

I will be authentically me. Bringing all my gifts and challenges and willingly using all the tools I have to fully live out my life’s purpose.

I will be your mirror. Reflecting the truth and reminding you of who you are, listening attentively, with an open heart and mind as I seek to better understand and support you in fully living your life’s purpose.

I will be your helpmate. Willingly sharing our responsibilities and honors, owning my part in creating our life, readily and fully forgiving, and working together to put us back on course when we stray from our path.

I will be your partner. Treating you with respect and equality, being creative and flexible in living interdependently in a way that reflects who we are individually and as a couple.

I will be your lover. Passionate and playful, tender and loyal, sharing myself fully and nurturing our love so that we grow ever more intimate.

I will be your friend. Honest and trustworthy, compassionate and committed, sharing all that life brings us.

I will be your companion. Honoring these sacred vows as we walk together, hand in hand, heart to heart, soul to soul, for all our days, giving all that we have and being all that we are, to create a world full of peace, love, and understanding.


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