On July the 14th my next to oldest son became a husband. I was honored to be able to perform the ceremony, yes it is hard to believe this ole Cherokee is Ordained. I was shaking more that Gabe and Ashley. LOL here are some pictures and the transcript of the ceremony I wrote and performed.
Gabe's stepdad Dave McEilhey wore full Scottish attire and played bagpipes to bring Ashley down the stairway by the waterfall. Thank you Dave.
Who gives this woman to be married? --------------- Ashley please stand to the left side of Gabe.(do not join hands)
May the blessings of God Yehowa (Yay-hoe wah) be in this place today. We gather here for a very special occasion, we bring two individuals together that wish to make their lives as one in Marriage. Marriage is a sign of commitment, in the Scriptures Jesus declared that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. If you will notice I have asked Ashley to stand to left side of Gabe and he stand to the right side of Ashley. There is a reason, Gabe you should be on the side of Ashley, and Ashley you should be on Gabe’s side. Gabe and Ashley do not walk in front of the other, because sometimes the other will not follow. Gabe and Ashley do not walk behind the other for the one in front at sometimes may not lead. Gabe and Ashley stand beside each other Hand and hand together (This is where they join hands and turn toward each other) someone to turn to in time of need. Now that you have joined hands let us pray to our Creator God for his blessing upon this occasion.
Yehowa, we lift our voices and our thoughts in prayer today. We ask that you would keep this man and woman in the cradle of your care. We ask a blessing on the children, we ask that you would give them guidance in the life they are about to begin. Let them be in balance and harmony with one another and always turn to you for strength. We ask these blessing in you son’s name Jesus Amen.
Before we go any farther does anyone here have just reason why these two should not be joined in marriage? Speak now or forever hold your peace._______________________— Alright Gabe and Ashley it seems no one objects to you two getting married, so I want you to look at those here because I am giving Them a charge it is a strong one…..Those of you who are here are now Ashley and Gabe’s support you have not said or given cause for them not to marry so I Charge you in the Name of God to keep your mouths shut in gossip, hearsay and drama. You had your chance to say something today, so now hold your peace and support this couple. Be there for them and throw the daggers in the waterfall up there. This should and will be a family of love. Yehowa let it be so,
Now (Gabe) do you solemnly agree before our Creator God and these witnesses to take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife; to love and respect her, honor and cherish her, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity and leaving all others, to keep yourself only unto her so long as you both shall live.
( I do)
(Ashley) do you in like manner solemnly agree to receive this man unto yourself as your lawfully wedded husband; to love and respect him and to live with him in all faith and tenderness, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity; leaving all others to keep yourself only unto him so long as you both shall live.
( I do )
Gabe I would like for you to repeat after me as you look into Ashley’s eyes. I (Gabriel Dwayne Knowlton), take you (Ashley Nicole Root ) to be my wedded wife, and I do promise and commit before God and these witnesses to be your loving and faithful husband in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.
Ashley I would like for you to repeat after me as you look into Gabe’s eyes I (Ashley Nicole Root ) take you (Gabriel Dwayne Knowlton) to be my wedded husband, and I do promise and commit before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.
I believe you both have rings to exchange. (May this beautiful token and pledge symbolize the purity and endlessness of you love.
Gabriel place this ring on Ashley’s finger and repeat after me: This ring I give to you in token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love.
Ashley place this ring on Gabriel’s finger and repeat after me: This ring I give to you in token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love.
Will you both join me at the alter for the unity of the water. In Cherokee Culture, each morning we celebrate the coming to the water, it was used for purification and uplifting. Water is like the rings that this couple have given each other it is a part of the circle of life, it is released from Father Sky and falls on Mother Earth to give life, to bring forth plants and food, it provides life for the fish, it quenches our thirst, it washes our body, our body is made up of mostly water and in renewing the circle of life it is carried back to Father Sky to complete the circle. This cup represent the union that is about to begin. This cylinder of water represents Gabe’s life and this cylinder represents Ashley’s life. Now as they begin their new life together each one must give of themselves. (At this point Gabe and Ashley begin to pour the water into the wine glass once done life the glass and say) As you can tell the glass is full, each has given their all but you can not see where the one begins and the other ends. (Have each to take a drink) So should this family be, may this home radiate the sunshine of your love and may each one that comes in contact with this union be enriched and blessed. By the authority given to me by God our Creator Yehowa and the state of Arkansas in which my credentials are recorded in book K page 216 in Mississippi County Arkansas I now pronounce Gabriel Knowlton and Ashley Root husband and wife. What God has joined together let no man seek to cut asunder. You may now kiss your Bride.
Family and Friends I would like to introduce you to Mr. Gabriel and Mrs. Ashley Knowlton.