Here are the unique wedding vows from our friends, David and Deanna LaMotte. They celebrated in private on June 5, 2004 and publically on July 10. Though David is a gifted songwriter and knows how to put heartfelt words onto paper, we remind you that anyone’s wedding vows can be romantic.
David to Deanna
- I love you.
- And when I tell you I love you, this is what I mean:
You are the one for whom I have waited. You have brought me more peace and steadiness than I have ever known, and the days since I met you have been the best days of my life. Your ready smile, your deep convictions, your passion and compassion, your beauty, your laughter, your sense of adventure, your intelligence, your wisdom, your faith, your courage, your kindness and the lessons of your experience enrich me in every moment I spend with you.
- I offer you my history, with its pride and its regret;
- My future, walking with you wherever we go;
- This present moment, which explodes with more joy than a moment should be able to hold.
- All of my joy and fear, my brokenness and my courage, my success and failure, my humor and despair, my loneliness and my connectedness.
- I promise to laugh with you and to laugh at myself.
- I promise to take you seriously when seriousness is called for.
- I promise to hold you while you cry, and to cry while you hold me.
- I promise to care for you as best I can, and to encourage you to stretch and grow and care for yourself.
- I promise to love and nourish myself, as a child of God and as the one whom you have chosen.
- I promise to support you in sharing your gifts with others, to encourage your generosity and your chosen responses to your many callings.
- I promise to listen to you, respect and consider your thoughts and beliefs, and to heed your challenges to my own.
- I promise to rest with you, and to seek balance between work and play.
- I promise to seek God with you, bravely and constantly, holding you closer than any other human to the heart of my heart, with only God in the very center.
- I promise you nothing less than the rest of my life. You are my closest friend, and I give you myself. This is what I mean when I tell you that I love you.
- From this moment on you are my wife, and, with Divine assistance, I promise to be your loving and faithful husband for the rest of our lives.
Deanna to David
- I love you. And when I say I love you, what I mean is…
- Everything within me, from the most analytical thoughts (complete with pro/con lists) to the goosebumps and butterflies, and especially the still small Voice, tells me that it is right to commit my life to building a life with you…
- …because I believe we are stronger together than we are apart and that we can grow more in our intellect, our compassion, and in our faith together than we could alone.
- I promise to stand firm beside you as your partner in pursuing knowledge, adventure, spirituality, peace, and responsibility.
- I promise to love and honor who you are rather than who I imagine you to be, and I promise to present myself honestly and openly to you.
- I promise to support you when your strength is challenged and to ask for your help in my weakness.
- I promise to hold you as completely in my heart in the difficult times as in the joyous ones.
- I promise to be open to growth and change and the unexpected as we, as individuals, grow and change.
- And, finally, I promise to be open to laughter and wonder and mystery and, most importantly, to God’s will in our life together.
- You make my joys greater and my sorrows more bearable, and you make my spirit feel known. From this day forward, you are my husband and companion, and I promise, with Divine assistance, to be a loving and faithful wife for the rest of our lives.