went GREAT! I was a lot less nervous this time. I got there a half hour early. Connected with the brides's godmother to find all the arrangements were on time. I checked out the table up on the Gazebo. The table was close to the front with plenty of room for the attendants to our sides and back. They did put a lot of chairs for the 158 guests, grew a bit from 65, out on the grassy area facing the gazebo.

A couple of the Air Force Guard of Honor guys asked me about the order of things. Unfortunately I did not know. They ended up finding the groom and sorted it out with him. They needed to ask if they could do their normal guard of honor, i.e. once married the bride and groom walk back down the aisle under the swords and the last sword is brought down and tapped on the brides butt to say 'Welcome to the Air Force Family'. Isn't that cute? I coordinated with the photographer and the sound guy, he gave me a hand mic and suggested I tell everybody to take their seats at 4:30 which I did then the groom joined me. We had a lil chat, he was in his Air Force blues, very handsome.

The bridesmaids and their escorts started down the aisle just 5 mins. late. Some of the 5 guys were in AF blues too. The best man ended up next to me, when Amanda and Corinthian were reading their declarations of love to each other I heard him man sniffling, so sweet! Amanda was gorgeous!

I will share with you the whole ceremony for this one:
Rev. Summer Skoog
Who presents this woman to be married to this man?
Father of the Bride –
Her mother and I do.
Rev. Summer Skoog
Amanda and Corinthian please join hands. We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love and to cherish the words which will unite Amanda Katherine Martinez and Corinthian Maldonado in marriage. Amanda and Corinthian, I remind you that marriage is a precious gift, a lifelong dedication to love, and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and freely. With this understanding please recite your declarations of love to each other.
Amanda to Corinthian From the moment I met you I knew I wanted more than one day. I wanted a lifetime with you. I love you more than words can explain. You have been my supporter, lover, Best friend and you will be my forever. Cory you are an amazing person inside and out and you have shown me what true love really is. Years from now, whatever path life takes us down, I want to look and have you alongside me the entire way. I love everything about you. You are caring, intelligent, loving and compassionate. You make me laugh and pick me up when I'm down, I can't wait to see what our future holds. I love you with all my heart and I promise to give you a lifetime of happiness, to love you unconditionally, and to be all you ever dreamed of. I love you Corinthian.
Corinthian to Amanda Since the moment you blessed my life with your presence you have supplied the kind of love I thought never existed. I lived my first 21 years without you and I don’t know how I did so…Well I guess not knowing you helped, but if you were to ask me today to even attempt to live one day without you in my life I could honestly admit…I couldn’t do it. You are beyond stunning in every category…Beauty, Intelligence, Ambition, and Strength. All of these traits are part of a long list…A list that re-creates this love every day and every day my life becomes a greater treasure. So, no I can never live my life without you….because when something great happens right there in front of you the initial thought is to capture that moment and lucky for me that moment will last a lifetime as I will never let you go. I love you.
Rev. Summer Skoog
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession ever could. But although this love joins you together as one, remember the gift of your individuality. Cherish and affirm your differences as you love each other. Be supportive of your strengths, and tender towards your weaknesses. Laugh together, cry together, be comforted by each other's presence, and secure in each other's absence.
To symbolize the importance of each of you within the marriage and the joining of your two lives into one marriage, 3 colors of sand will now be combined in a sand ceremony. We begin with a layer of white sand, which symbolizes the foundation of the relationship. Then Amanda and Corinthian will each separately pour their sand into the vase, symbolizing who they are as individuals. Then, they will pour together, blending their two colors as a symbol of their joining together forever in love. Lastly, I will add another layer of white sand, representing you, their community, supporting them in their marriage and holding them in love. Though the vase may be moved around, and the colors may shift and blend in new ways, the grains of sand cannot be separated. They will remain joined in a harmonious whole.
Rev. Summer Skoog pours white sand in the middle vase. Amanda pours some purple sand on top of the white sand, Corinthian pours some black sand on top of the purple sand, Amanda and Corinthian pour the rest of their sand at the same time. Rev. Summer Skoog pours the rest if the white sand in the vase.
Rev. Summer Skoog holds up the completed vase, presenting it to the guests. May your love be as eternal and as inseparable as this sand.
Rev. Summer Skoog
Now for your rings, please repeat after me:
Amanda – Corinthian, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. I ask you to wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken today, our wedding day.
Corinthian – Amanda, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. I ask you to wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken today, our wedding day.
Rev. Summer Skoog Amanda and Corinthian, having witnessed this marriage by all who are assembled here, with the authority vested in me by the State of Arizona I now pronounce, with great joy, that you are now husband and wife.
It is now time to seal your promises with a kiss.
It is my honor to present you for the first time as husband and wife, Mr. & Mrs. Maldonado.

This is the longest ceremony I have done so far. Several people complimented me on the ceremony which was great to hear. I might have flubbed one word, I was very happy with how it went down.

That was my last booked wedding, or so I thought. I got a call a lil while ago from a gal in Phoenix calling for her friend. They've had a hard time finding somebody to conduct a ceremony next Valentines Day in a prison! Wendy passed the referral on to me, she will be in England that time next year. She has done 4 weddings out at Douglas Prison. I will talk to the bride to be this evening when she gets off work. Her friend was so ecstatic to find somebody that will do it. She started to ask if I could do hers, her fiancee is in a prison north of Phoenix. I said I could do it, but would charge $25 an hour to travel there.

I quoted $175 for the Douglas wedding but I looked up the prison and it is 2 hours away! I will talk to the bride this evening, if she has already written up her ceremony, I will stay at the price, if I have to spend some time with her working on it I will have to charge another $50. What an adventure! I never thought I would set foot in a prison. I have to contact the Chaplain to get permission to get in to the prison, the bride might already have the approval. I believe this one will be in the morning, so I could do an afternoon or evening wedding that day also, Valentines Day should be a popular day for weddings! What a fun, interesting profession I am now in. ALWAYS willing to help people in love.

Today was a magnificent winter temp of 74F/22C, tomorrow will be 76F/23C and Wednesday 77F/23.5C Does that beat Frostproof this week, Max? I do work 10-2 tomorrow, but I will be out in it on Wednesday.

Ketley wants a cuddle now...