Judge Conti's Wedding Vows

We are gathered here together to celebrate one of the happiest moments in the lives of Jack and Jill.For on this day, Jack and Jill affirm their commitment of love for each other.  As long as two people love each other, nothing in the world is too difficult or impossible; for the roughest way is made smooth when we travel together hand in hand.

Marriage is a permanent relationship between two souls who are freely and totally committed to each other as companions for life.

Marriage is a companionship that involves mutual commitments, mutual responsibilities, and mutual respect.  And you know, there's a curious mathematics that comes along with being married, because when we have sorrows in our life, those sorrows are halved when we have someone there whose shoulder we can lean on in times of trouble.  And yet, at the same time, when we have joys in our life, those joys are magically doubled, because we have someone there whose heart beats next to ours that we can revel in all of the beauty that life has to offer us.  And so I hope that you will always benefit from this curious mathematics that comes along with being married.

Please face each other…

Do you Jack/Jill take this woman/man to be your true and lawful wedded wife/husband?  And do you solemnly promise that you will love, honor and cherish her/him, in sickness and in health, in prosperity or adversity, for better or worse, forsaking all others, and cleave only unto her/him, so long as you both shall live?

 Please place the ring on the third finger of your bride’s/groom’s left hand, repeating after me…I give you this ring / as a symbol of my love.  As you wear it / may it be a constant reminder / of my love for you.  With this ring / I thee wed.  I Jack/Jill, take you Jill/Jack, to be my wedded wife/husband.

The wedding ring is a symbol of marriage in two important ways.

First, the purity of the metal symbolizes the purity of your love for each other.  Second, the unending circle symbolizes the unending vows that you have now taken.  It is my hope that the love you share today will be as endless as the circle of the ring. 
Marriage is not just a ceremony but an ongoing commitment.  Each day, from this day forward, for the rest of your lives, you’ll have choices to make about your attitude, towards yourself, towards your circumstances in life, and towards each other. 

And so if I can offer a humble suggestion, that every day when you wake up if you might say to yourselves "now, what can I do to make Jack’s/Jill’s life easier today?"  Imagine for a moment how much easier your lives would be.  Because in marriage we move beyond our own selfish human nature, and extend ourselves to care more for another than we care for ourselves.

In life there is perhaps no truer statement than this: that many times the simplest thing to do is to forget the simplest things.We take each other for granted.  Life comes at us 100 MPH... We are constantly faced with problems, difficult people, and difficult situations.  So when we have our shoulder to the wheel and our nose to the grindstone, head down, plowing through every day, we forget to look up and see the sun peeking out through the clouds.  I can promise you that if you do this for each other there is no limit to the happiness that you'll share, because you'll live the remainder of your days confident in the knowledge that there is someone in the world who cares more for you than you care for yourself.

            In as much as Jack and Jill have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before these friends, and declared the same by the joining of their hands and their hearts, and by the giving and receiving of rings. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arizona, I am pleased and proud to pronounce you husband and wife.  YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE>>>