Our Official Wedding – The Handfasting Ceremony – August 31, 2002

Here is the planned transcript of our wedding ceremony and vows. We wanted something unusual and we chose to have a handfasting ceremony for our Medieval Wedding. We had it all mapped out what we wanted to do, what we wanted to say, and how to turn it into a reality.

HART

PRELUDE

The ceremony is scheduled to start promptly at 3:30pm Saturday, August 31, 2002.

Starting at 2:30pm, ‘MEDIEVAL BACKGROUND MUSIC CD-1’ will be playing for everybody to hear ..

BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS – Maids in the Meadow

ANGELS OF VENICE / CAROL TATUM Lionheart

PHILLIPE EMANUEL HAAS – Medieval French Bansle

AVALON RISING – Dark Moon Circle

MEDIEVAL BABES – Adam Lay Ibounden

GNOMUSY – Niru

MEDIEVAL BABES – Erthe Upon Erthe

AVALON RISING – Andray Soulet

MEDIEVAL BABES – The Coventry Carol

GREGORIAN CHANT – Veni Sancte Spiritus

MEDIEVAL BABES – Dance of the Trolls

GNOMUSY – Dance of the Mist

MEDIEVAL BABES – Gaudete

EXCALIBUR SOUNDTRACK – Igrayne’s Dance

MEDIEVAL BABES – Ah Si Moi Moine

MEDIEVAL BABES – Sal Va Nos

MICHAEL PRAETORIUS – Renaissance Dance Music

MINCY PYE – Medieval Drum Dance

GNOMUSY – Runa (2nd edition)

BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS – Tolkien (Hobbit Lord of the Rings)

**** Please Note: We have all the .mp3’s for all the music selections .. If you want copies of them,
drop an email ..


PROCESSION

The Music will stop and there will be silence. Each of the following will walk from the house down the aisle and proceed immediately to their positions on the altar.

Warren Lavallee, the Master of Ceremonies will be ringing a bell .. ‘Hear Ye, Hear Ye’ ..etc.

Victor Erickson, the Marriage Commissioner and his wife Esther ..

Hartley Singer, the Groom ..

Mark Singer, the Best Man ..

The Music will start playing while the rest of the wedding party (except Bride) proceeds to position:

PACHEBEL – Canon in D Major

Aaron and Bette Singer, the Groom’s parents ..

Herb Konig and Monika Konig, the Bride’s parents ..

Bailey Lavallee, the Ring Bearer ..

Karen Lavallee, the Maid of Honor ..

Callie Lavallee, the Flower Girl ..

Once everyone is in position at the alter, the music will suddenly change to …

BACH – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Yvonne Konig, the Bride will walk down into position.


THE HANDFASTING CEREMONY

[VICTOR to Everyone]

On behalf of Hartley and Yvonne I would like to extend a warm welcome to each and everyone of you, family and friends, to this ceremony, marking a most important day in their lives.

Today marks a significant commitment that we all pray will last a lifetime. Pictures are an important part of this occassion and I encourage you to record as many as you see fit.

I have only one request .. Please be discreet. Take as many pictures as you’d like, but don’t interrupt the ceremony. Thank-You.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

To marry is to form an equal partnership, tied together by the tenuous bonds of emotion and love. It is at once the most fragile of relationships as well as the strongest. Fragile because it requires exactly the right mix of freedom and inter-dependence, of caring and of sharing, of being together and of being alone.

But it is strong because it involves the unseen forces of something we usually call love — mutual devotion, concern for the happiness of the other, joy in each other’s company. For there is no stronger force involving human relationships than this silent bond of love.

I ask and require of you both, in the presence of witnesses, that if either of you know of any legal or moral impediment to this marriage, you do now reveal the same.

There having no impediment declared or admitted, we will continue with the ceremony.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne… Remember that this wedding is only a symbol, a celebration, a public recognition of what already exists in your hearts. It is your marriage and not something created by the state or religion — it is yours to define, yours to make real, yours to live. Nothing I can say can make it anything more than what already exists in your hearts.

Remember also that marriage is a shared relationship, not a matter of possession. It is a means of showing your commitment to one another, not a blind surrendering of personality. It is not an excuse to become limited in your outlook; it is an Opportunity for mutual growth.

The promises made today and the ties that are bound here will greatly strengthen your union; they will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne … Do you still seek to enter this ceremony?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to Victor]

YES .. WE SEEK TO ENTER

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

I bid you look into each other’s eyes.

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you cause HER pain?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Is that your intent?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you cause HIM pain?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Is that your intent?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Hartley and Yvonne .. Join your hands.

Esther .. Please drape the first cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the first cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. will you share HIS laughter?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. will you share HER laughter?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the

positive in each other?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Esther .. Please drape the second cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the second cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you burden HIM?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Is that your intent?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you burden HER?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Is that your intent?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Esther .. Please drape the third cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the third cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you share HIS dreams?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you share HER dreams?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

YES

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Esther .. Please drape the fourth cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the fourth cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you cause HER anger?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Is that your intent?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you cause HIM anger?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

I MAY

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Is that your intent?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

NO

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this Union?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

WE WILL

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Esther .. Please drape the fifth cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the fifth cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]



[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you Honor HIM?

[Yvonne to VICTOR]

I WILL

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you Honor HER?

[Hartley to VICTOR]

WILL

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

WE SHALL NEVER DO SO

[VICTOR to Everyone]

And so the binding is made.

Esther .. Please drape the sixth cord across Hartley and Yvonne’s hands.

[ESTHER Places the sixth cord on Hart & Yvonne’s Hands]

[VICTOR to Esther]

Esther .. please tie the chords together.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords, but instead

by your vows. Either of you may drop the chords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.

[VICTOR to Esther]

Esther .. please remove the chords, and place them aside.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. Do you have rings to give to each other?

[Hartley and Yvonne both to VICTOR]

YES

[BEST MAN & MAID OF HONOR pass the rings to both Hartley and Yvonne]

[VICTOR to Everyone]

As these rings are seamless and unending like the reaches of eternity itself, so may the

love that Hartley and Yvonne feel for each other continue without end .. and may these rings become golden shields,

guarding their love for each other, that it may deepen and broaden through years by reminding them of their commitment

to each other.

[VICTOR to Hartley]

Hartley .. Will you place your ring on Yvonne’s finger then continue to hold her hand as you

repeat your wedding promise:

[HARTLEY repeating after VICTOR]

WITH THIS RING I WED YOU, AND BRING YOU ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I HAVE, THAT WE TWO MAY

BECOME ONE FOR BETTER OR WORSE, IN GOOD HEALTH AND BAD, IN SUNSHINE AND SHADOW FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR LIVES.

I PROMISE TO LOVE AND RESPECT YOU AND, AS FAR AS I AM ABLE, TO PUT YOUR HAPPINESS ABOUE MY OWN AND TO BE

FAITHFUL TO THE SPIRIT OF THIS MOMENT.

[VICTOR to Yvonne]

Yvonne .. Will you place your ring on Hartley’s finger then continue to hold his hand as you

repeat your wedding promise:

[YVONNE repeating after VICTOR]

WITH THIS RING I WED YOU, AND BRING YOU ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I HAVE, THAT WE TWO MAY

BECOME ONE FOR BETTER OR WORSE, IN GOOD HEALTH AND BAD, IN SUNSHINE AND SHADOW FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR LIVES.

I PROMISE TO LOVE AND RESPECT YOU AND, AS FAR AS I AM ABLE, TO PUT YOUR HAPPINESS ABOUE MY OWN AND TO BE

FAITHFUL TO THE SPIRIT OF THIS MOMENT.

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

Hartley and Yvonne .. you may seal your vows with a kiss.



[VICTOR motions both Hartley and Yvonne

as well as the Best Man and Maid of Honor to the signing of the registration forms and pictures

while Medieval Jugglers are entertaining the crowd]

[VICTOR motions all back to original positions]

[VICTOR to both Hartley and Yvonne]

And now, forasmuch as you, Hartley and Yvonne, have consented in legal wedlock, and have declared

your solemn intention before these witnesses, and in my presence, … in exchanging your vows and these rings as a pledge

of your love for one another, and in the joining of your hands have accepted one another, … with the authority vested

in me by the Government of the Province of Manitoba .. I pronounce you Husband and Wife.

[VICTOR motions the parents to come up and congratulate Hartley and Yvonne]

[VICTOR to Everyone]

Everybody .. I am pleased to introduce to you HARTLEY AND YVONNE SINGER … Please wave your flags

as the wedding party departs!


RECESSIONAL

The Wedding Party will ‘receed’ down the aisle while the guests are waving flags, directly to the entrance

of the BIG TENT, and form a receiving line while the ‘RECESSIONAL BACKGROUND MUSIC CD-1’ is playing …

Hartley and Yvonne

Bette and Herbert

Aaron and Monika

Mark and Karen

Bailey and Callie

MARK-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER – Prelude to Te Deum (Processional)

CBC VANCOUVER ORCHESTRA – BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

CANADIAN BRASS – CLARKE Trumpet Voluntary

50 CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES – VIVALDI Four Seasons (Spring)

50 CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES – HANDEL Water Music (Hornpipes)

CBC VANCOUVER ORCHESTRA – BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (Allegro)

CANADIAN BRASS – Rondeau

EMPIRE BRASS QUINTET – Elizabethan Dance Suite

TECHO REMIX – PACHEBEL Canon in D Major

PAUL MAURIAT – Papillon

MUSICA ANTIQUA – Instrumental Music of the Early Baroque

MUSICA ANTIQUA – Renaissance Song and Dance

.. replay ‘MEDIEVAL BACKGROUND MUSIC CD-1’ over if necessary ..


DINNER, SPEECHES, DESSERTS, DANCING, etc etc


Our Wedding Videos – August 31, 2002


FROM CTS CREATIONS’ SITE


Hartley and Yvonne tie the knot at Fools Paradise on August 31, 2002.
We truly had a blast doing this wedding.
Fools Paradise is an awesome place for an event such as this wedding.
If you are in need of a photographer, we would highly recommend
DOUG LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Ph: (204) 955-0344 or (204) 475-2763

Contact Us
Phone: ( 204 ) 461-0035
Home: ( 204 ) 467-5030

Send email to info@ctscreations.com

Box 1121
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
R0C 2Z0

See Pictures of our Videographers BERT and AUDREY at out wedding … in our Photo Gallery (In Costume!)


From HART and YVONNE …..

We would just like to say that Bert Debreuil (CTS Creations) and Audrey Aitken (Special FX Video Services) did an excellent videolog of our Wedding, and we are quite grateful to have them spliced up into clips that we can provide to our friends and family to view. If you are in Manitoba and need a videographer for your wedding or event, we highly recommend these two!

Just tell them HARTandYVONNE.com sent you!


IN FILE SIZE ORDER (not Wedding order) – Click on the Filename to play in your own preferred video player


Yvonne and Hartley Clowning around promoting CTS Creations …

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Bert (Videographer) and Doug (Photographer) wishes Yvonne and Hartley (and Max) best wishes on this day …

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Time 0 min 40 sec


Mark Singer (Best Man) tries to explain why Yvonne and Hartley chose to have a Medieval Themed Wedding …

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Time: 1 min 45 sec


Yvonne’s Brother-in-Law Warren Lavallee (Master of Ceremonies) recalls fond memories of Yvonne …

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More words of wisdom from Warren Lavallee, remembers Yvonne bringing home another boyfriend .. Hartley ..

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Watch Yvonne and Hartley’s “First Dance” to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong …

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Time: 2 min 15 sec


Bette Singer (Groom’s mother) welcomes Yvonne into the family, although she’s been hopeful ever since we met …

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Time 2 min 32 sec


Hartley and Yvonne (and Max) thanks everybody for their well wishes and for attending our Medieval Wedding August 31, 2002 …

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Watch the actual Handfasting Wedding Ceremony on August 31, 2002 …

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Watch a video of Max – at Yvonne and Hartley’s Wedding …

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Time: 3 min 18 sec

>>> If you are just scrolling down the page to decide which video won’t bore you to death and give you a pretty good idea what the medieval wedding was all about then … well, this would be the one! // HART


Karen Lavallee (Matron of Honor, sister of the Bride), describes how Yvonne’s like a sister …

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Mark Singer (Best Man) speech, brings everybody up to speed on the background of Hartley …

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A Summary of Yvonne and Hartley’s ENTIRE wedding August 31, 2002 – in Black and White …

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Time: 8 min 10 sec


Unofficial Wedding Pictures – Taken by Larry Gendron – August 31, 2002

Here are all the pictures taken by Larry Gendron, a friend of the Groom, on his digital Camcorder. They are pretty much consecutive frames and is enjoyable to watch in the slideshow.

So, we scanned them all and put them up on our website!!

You can see them here …..

  • HARTandYVONNE.com – [Photo Gallery]
  • The above link is to our general Photo Gallery. If you prefer a direct link, click on the link below:

  • UnOfficial Wedding Pictures – Larry Gendron
  • If you prefer to sit back and watch a slideshow, in its entirety, I have created this slideshow page for your perusal…. Enjoy!

  • SlideShow – Unofficial Wedding Pictures – Larry Gendron – August 31, 2002
  • Unofficial Wedding Pictures – Taken by Stephen Smith’s Camera – August 31, 2002

    Here are all the pictures taken by Derek Smith, cousin to the Bride, on his digital camera.

    So, we scanned them all and put them up on our website!!

    You can see them here …..

  • HARTandYVONNE.com – [Photo Gallery]
  • The above link is to our general Photo Gallery. If you prefer a direct link, click on the link below:

  • UnOfficial Wedding Pictures – Stephen Smith
  • If you prefer to sit back and watch a slideshow, in its entirety, I have created this slideshow page for your perusal…. Enjoy!

  • SlideShow – Unofficial Wedding Pictures – Stephen Smith – August 31, 2002
  • Our Official Wedding – August 31, 2002 – The Wedding Party

    THE PLAYERS


    INTRODUCING THE BRIDE AND GROOM

    THE BRIDE: Yvonne Konig

    THE GROOM: Hartley Singer


    PARENTS OF THE BRIDE

    THE BRIDE’S MOTHER: Monika Konig

    THE BRIDE’s FATHER: Herbert Konig


    PARENTS OF THE GROOM

    THE GROOM’S MOTHER: Elizabeth (Bette) Singer

    THE GROOM’S FATHER: Aaron Singer


    THE MATRON OF HONOR

    THE MATRON OF HONOR: Karen Lavallee (sister to the Bride)


    THE BEST MAN

    THE BEST MAN: Mark Singer (first cousin to the Groom)


    THE RING BEARER

    THE RING BEARER: Bailey Lavallee (niece to the Bride)


    THE FLOWER GIRL

    THE FLOWER GIRL: Callie Lavallee (niece to the Bride)


    THE BEST PUPPY DOG

    THE BEST PUPPY DOG: Maxxie (Hart & Yvonne’s Papillon dog)


    THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES

    THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Warren Lavallee (brother-in-law to the Bride)


    THE OFFICIANT

    THE OFFICIANT: Victor Erickson (Marriage Commissioner) assisted by his wife Esther Erickson during the Handfasting Ceremony