After the processional, mass began. We had a full Catholic mass on our wedding day. I know some people feel like a full mass is too long for their guests to sit, and I understand that. But to us, the ceremony was the most important part of the wedding, and we didn't think an hour was too long to sit when we were vowing to spend the rest of our lives together.
My friend Melissa read a passage from the Old Testament, Ruth 1:16 for the first reading.
"And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return from following after thee, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God."
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
"I, Adam, take you, Holly, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part."
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part."
"Holly, I give you this ring, as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.".
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.".
All images by Deborah Cull Photography
Previously in our wedding recaps: