As I was looking at these vows, a song on a certain Kanye West album came on. Of all the things, I can’t even begin to describe the many ways in which it reflects what’s been going through my head, how I feel about you, and our relationship and journey moving forward.
Determination, dedication, motivation – I’m talking to you, my many inspirations, when I say I can’t, let you or self down. if I were of the highest cliff, on the highest riff, and you slipped off the side and clinched on to your life in my grip, I would never, ever let you down. And when these words are found let it been known that God’s penmanship has been signed with a language called love.
Nathan – today and always, I choose you. To be no other than yourself. Loving what I know of you, trusting what things I will discover. There is little to say that you haven’t already heard, and little to give that is not already freely given.
I promise to stand by your side and sleep in your arms. To be joy to your heart and food for your soul. To learn with you and grow with you, even as time and life change us both. No matter what shifts around us, we will always be a team. No matter what. I promise to entangle my identity with yours, while sustaining our independence.
I promise to laugh with you in good times and struggle alongside you in bad times. I promise to respect you, value you, and cherish you as an individual, a partner, and an equal, knowing that we do not and never will complete, but rather, complement each other. I will always try to live up to the best parts of myself, and to encourage the best parts of you.
I promise to champion our shared and separate dreams, and I’ll fight for your dreams even when you think you can’t anymore.
I’ll fight for our future together, no matter what challenges we face.
I love you, and I am honored to choose you, and to be chosen, today and every day.
Though I do not know our road; I commit my life to the way.
Today I give you my hand, my heart, and my love – unconditionally, completely, and forever. Today, in front of our friends and family, I take you to be my husband.