Zan and Tanna

Zan. Tanna. Welcome to your wedding day.  And I want to welcome both friends and family here to witness and celebrate your wedding day.  All of us are thrilled and honored to be a part of your love story as it is unfolding.
This winter beginning of yours holds hope and promise as you today become husband and wife. And today is beautiful.  Making a home together.  Zan making her happiness more than real. Tanna accepting and giving back this same happiness.  Today love not only holds your hand but holds the weight of your future.
Something that stands out today is that you both, have written letters to one another.   (LETTERS)

Tanna you are beautifully strong.  In your character you set a tone in your relationship.  The tone of grace.   Tanna as I communicated with Zan it struck me the intentionality he had towards you from the beginning.

“I knew she was the one when we almost split up when before we first started dating officially. When I realized how much grace she showed me even though I didn’t deserve it I knew that I never wanted to be apart from her.  I knew she was the one I wanted to marry.”

As you say yes to love’s commitment understand this is the gift of a love that doesn’t leave.  It is powerful.  Zan it bears all the weight of whatever comes.  Tanna this love is grace and faithfulness.

From that first exhilarating “yes” to your most challenging day where you both even with testing still said “yes, I chose you”, you both have been making commitments in an informal way.

Small commitments add up to this beginning which we know didn’t just start here, today.  It started then on those late night conversations, over dinner, or even in passing—all those conversations that began with, “I’m here for you,” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and then transitioned into “we will”—all those late nights that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”—and all the promises you’ve made are becoming real today.

These conversations were filled with plans of your life together, and more, they even now are woven into the substance of this wedding.  They brought you both to this day.  He believed you would come and give yourself to him. And you, Tanna believed he would offer you his name, his arm, his future, his all.  After today you shall say to the world—“This is my husband.” “This is my wife.”

By taking the vows you’re about to take, you’re declaring that the very foundation of your life together is a promise more precious than any riches. The ground that you walk on, the roof over your heads, the walls that surround you—the raw material for all of it is a love that is both rich and enriching. It’s an embarrassment of riches.
Here’s my charge to you: Live in the grace you’ve been given. Jonathon Rogers

Love well when it’s easy and when it’s hard.   Hold on to each other in faithfulness.  This is the one person you want to come home to.  Home is her heart.  Home is his arms.  Live there.

Zan make her laugh and find light way of looking at hard things. Love her with the lifelong pursuit to bless her.  Today Christ wants to bless you Zan.

He wants to bless you with his presence, his face shining on you. He wants to be gracious to you. He is kind, merciful, forgiving and ultimately He is love.  Love Tanna in this same way.

He gives you his peace in the midst of the trouble and his protection.  Christ defends you from evil and wandering away from him.  His desire from your first breath to your last is to bless you.  With all that you are given by God, you are now given Tanna.   In this moment she is the most incredible gift, you will ever receive besides God himself.

Tanna you have before you today similar blessings from God and a charge as well, to strengthen him, believe in his ability, God given, to love you.  Trust one another.  Pray together.  Forgive quickly and without holding back.  And when love is worn thin because life deals us days like that remember yours is a love that endures and remains.  Your love is founded and given by God, blessed by God.  God is faithful and He will ever be faithful to you.  Delight in the gift of Zan.  Delight in his smile, his thoughts and plans.  Delight in the shared life you will build.

So take a step back today, look at all the days you have shared and the lives you have been building until now.  Look at each other and pause.  You each have chosen, to give your life to the other, body and soul.  Song of Solomon said it best: I have found the one whom my soul loves. 

VOWS
“Do you Zan, take Tanna to be your lawfully wedded wife, promising to love her, support her, believing in her, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall live?”
HE SAYS I DO
“Do you Tanna, take Zan to be your lawfully wedded husband, promising to love him, be supportive of him, believing in him, through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and whatever challenges you may face, for as long as you both shall live?”
SHE SAYS I DO

RINGS Exchange
Wedding rings are symbols of your vows made today.  Your rings say you belong to one another and are bound together.  May these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as a mark it leaves upon you.  When you are apart your ring remains as a token of promise and belonging.  Wear it and remember the giver of this ring is both lover and strength.

Tanna, please pick up Zan’s left hand, look him in the eye, and repeat after me:

“With this ring, I thee wed.”

Zan, please pick up Tanna’s left hand, look her in the eye, and repeat after me:

“With this ring, I thee wed.”

To honor their commitment of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the couple will partake in COMMUNION.  This bread and wine symbolize the body of Christ given to them.  It is Christ’s faithfulness and the vitality of Spirit of God by which they will be sustained in love.  God our Father has been, is, and will be the forged strength of their covenant today.  His love endures forever.  We welcome you to pray for the couple as they partake.

Before we finish, I want to remind you of a quote that you might be familiar with. The context is different—no one is vanquishing a Dark Lord here—but the intent still rings true: “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love.”
I think that says a lot. The ability to love and be loved is an incredible one, and seeing the two of you rise to this commitment is beautiful.
And now we’re here: I am honored to announce you two as husband and wife: ZAN and TANNA TEAGUE!
You may KISS YOUR BRIDE.

 

In Italy, they say rain on your wedding day is symbolic of fresh beginnings, cleansing, a pure marriage, and also a wet knot that can’t be untied. Whitney Wolfe Herd

Celebrating their day,

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=-UBQ0BbOLMU

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