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Nautical Nuptials   by Visions
"Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings -
which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and
respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between
a man and a woman - the title of "husband" and "wife." For your first gift as
husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.

In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose
always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is
appropriate that for your first gift - as husband and wife - that gift would be a
single rose.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. In some ways it seems
like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding
one small rose - and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a
marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no
different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and
received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you
always remember - the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of

_________ and _____________, I would ask that where ever you make your
home in the future - whether it be a large and elegant home - or a small and
graceful one - that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that
on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a
rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage - and a
recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.

In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. It
is easiest to hurt who we most love. It is easiest to be most hurt by who we
most love. It might be difficult some time to words to say "I am sorry" or "I
forgive you"; "I need you" or "I am hurting". If this should happen, if you simply
can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have
selected - for that rose than says what matters most of all and should
overpower all other things and all other words.

That rose says the words: "I still love you." The other should accept this rose
for the words which cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that
you both share today.

__________ and ________, if there is anything you remember of this
marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only
love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage
shall endure."