I recently posted about the anniversary gift I gave to my husband – a compilation of our love letters – and I included the best man speech from my wedding.  Just for fun, I thought I’d share the vows my husband and I wrote for each other.

I LOVE love stories!  If you blog about a love story – or are brave enough to share your vows – post a comment with the link to your blog!

Lucas’ vows to me

Before I met you I didn’t believe in love.  I believed in strong like, I believed in companionship, friendship and hope for another’s success and happiness – but not love.

Not movie love, not “lay down my life for you” love.  I believed the lovers and poets and dreamers were perpetrating some eternal lie.  I couldn’t understand how wrong I was at the time.

But then one day I realized that all I thought about was you, all I wanted to do was see you.

I realized how far I was willing to go to see you and be with you – and how far you were willing to come to be with me.

I couldn’t wait to prove to you that you had Mercutio all wrong and learn from you what Tranio meant about pining. {a reference to The Taming of the Shrew}

I have learned so many things from you, I admire and adore you and I hope to be more like you as we go along together in life.

People say that in a marriage, it’s the small things that count.  To be faithful is a small thing that means everything.  I promise you my faithfulness.  To be supportive is a small thing that means everything.  I promise you my support.  To be loving is a small thing that means everything and I promise you my love.

I even promise to be wrong… sometimes.

Today, I am more excited to marry you and begin our life together than Madison is at the prospect of going to Disneyland.  I am proud to become Madison’s dad and complete that bond which grows stronger everyday.

And to her, I promise my best everyday.  Madison is an amazing young woman who deserves all the love, protection, and guidance I can give.

I am marrying my best friend, the woman of my dreams, dreams I didn’t know could be real.  And now I believe in love and I believe in hope and above all, I believe in us.

I love you.

My vows to Lucas

Dr. Seuss said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

The dictionary defines love as warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion, which does not come close to describing the way I feel about you.  From the first moment I saw you I knew you were someone special.  You are the one I want to share my life with, the one I want to grow old with, and rock on a porch swing with while we watch our grandkids play.

But I know that life will not always be hearts and flowers.  I will be there for you in the hard times.  When you’re weak, you can lean on me and I will be there to support you.  When you’re sick, I will bring you orange juice and make you chicken noodle soup.  When you’re sad, I’ll dance around you ridiculously to make you smile.  When you’re angry, I won’t be too stubborn to apologize first.  

Today I promise to you that if I drink the last Coke I will go to the store and get more.  I promise to try to break the habit of leaving my clothes all over the floor.  I promise never to snoop around for Christmas or birthday presents.  When I clean out the garage, I promise not to get rid of anything that’s yours, even if it doesn’t go with the furniture.

But most of all, I promise to love you faithfully.  I will be a good, loyal friend.  I will respect you, encourage you, and cherish you, in health and sickness, through sorrow and success, for all the days of my life.  As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love.”

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