An English Blessing Ceremony
After their nuptials in Africa - and enroute to their final destination of Baltimore - Caroline and Phillip headed to Phillip's hometown in England for an extended visit with his family and a special blessing ceremony. On the day of of the festivities, Phillip surprised Caroline by having her transported to the church in a 1927 vintage car provided by his family.
Before family and friends, Caroline and Phillip recited the following vows.
Phillip to Caroline
'In the presence of our friends and family I stand here today
to declare my love and desire to spend
the rest of my life with Caroline, my wife.
Looking into your eyes I see the warmth that brings me comfort,
The tenderness that brings me happiness,
and the passion that brings me joy,
We started our voyage together in Africa,
and while the world moves under our feet,
I stand here today safe in the knowledge that
together rough seas will feel calmer,
and our anchors will always hold us together
From this day onwards I promise to stand by your side,
hold your hand when things get tough,
for better or for worse,
come what may,'
forever and a day.
Caroline to Phillip
'In front of our friends and family,
I chose you to be my husband.
You are the love of my life, my rock, my best friend.
I promise to love you with all of my heart,
support you, encourage you,
be strong for you,
(and only nag when it's really important).
I want to always try to bring out the best in you.
I'm so thankful we've chosen each other as partners
and I'm excited to walk beside you in life
and build a family with you.
You are my love forever and ever. '