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Jeffrey Petersen  officiates weddings in Chicago’s Western Suburbs and at Chapel in the Pines Wedding & Banquet Center.  Contact Jeffrey to get a great, experienced Wedding Officiant and to ensure your wedding ceremony goes smoothly!    Please contact me for availability and questions.

 

 

Wedding Reading #1: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“The Art Of A Good Marriage” by Wilfred Arlan Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created.

In the art of marriage, the little things are big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is never taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,

it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of

joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual

and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

 

Wedding Reading #2: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Benediction of the Apaches”

Now you will feel no rain,

For each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold,

For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness for you.

For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies,

But there is only one Life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place,

To enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be good and long upon the earth

 

Wedding Reading #3: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Bridal Song” by John Ford

Comforts lasting, loves increasing,

Like soft hours never ceasing:

Plenty’s pleasure, peace complying,

Without jars, or tongues envying;

Hearts by holy union wedded,

More than theirs by custom bedded;

Fruitful issues; life so graced,

Not by age to be defaced,

Budding, as the year ensu’th,

Every spring another youth:

All what thought can add beside

Crown this bridegroom and this bride!

 

Wedding Reading #4: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Dance me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on

Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long

We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love

 

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born

Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn

Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn

Dance me to the end of love

 

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin

Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in

Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love.

 

Wedding Reading #5: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon

Grow old along with me

The best is yet to be

When our time has come

We will be as one

God bless our love

God bless our love

 

Grow old along with me

Two branches of one tree

Face the setting sun

When the day is done

God bless our love

God bless our love

 

Spending our lives together

Man and wife together

World without end

World without end

 

Grow old along with me

Whatever fate decrees

We will see it through

For our love is true

God bless our love

God bless our love

 

Wedding Reading #6: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Grow Old With You”(Adam Sandler sang this as the character Robbie Hart in “The Wedding Singer”)

I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad

Carry you around when your arthritis is bad

All I wanna do is grow old with you

Ill get your medicine when your tummy aches

Build you a fire if the furnace breaks

Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you

Ill miss you

Ill kiss you

Give you my coat when you are cold

Ill need you

Ill feed you

Even let ya hold the remote control

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink

Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink

I could be the man who grows old with you

I wanna grow old with you

 

Wedding Reading #7: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Hindu Marriage Poem”

You have become mine forever.

Yes, we have become partners.

I have become yours.

Hereafter, I cannot live without you.

Do not live without me.

Let us share the joys.

We are word and meaning, unite.

You are thought and I am sound.

 

May the nights be honey-sweet for us.

May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.

May the plants be honey-sweet for us.

May the earth be honey-sweet for us.

 

Wedding Reading #8: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“How do I love thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love with a passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

 

Wedding Reading #9: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Hug O’ War” by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’war.

I’d rather play at hug o’war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.

 

Wedding Reading #10: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“It’s You I Like” by Mr. Rogers

It’s you I like,

It’s not the things you wear.

It’s not the way you do your hair,

But it’s you I like.

The way you are right now

The way down deep inside you

Not the things that hide you

Not your diplomas…

They’re just beside you.

 

But it’s you I like,

Every part of you,

Your skin, your eyes, your feelings,

Whether old or new.

I hope that you’ll remember

Even when you’re feeling blue,

That it’s you I like,

It’s you yourself,

It’s you, it’s you I like!

 

Wedding Reading #11: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

Let It Be a Dance by Ric Masten

Let it be a dance we do.

May I have this dance with you?

Through the good timesand the bad times, too,

Let it be a dance.

Learn to follow, learn to lead,

Feel the rhythm, fill the need.

To reap the harvest, plant the seed.

And let it be a dance.

Morning star comes out at night,

Without the dark there is no light.

If nothing’s wrong, then nothing’s right.

Let it be a dance.

 

Wedding Reading #12: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Little Things Mean a Lot”by Kitty Kallen

Send me a kiss from across the room

Say I look nice when I’m not

Touch my hair as you pass my chair

Little things mean a lot.

 

Give me your arm as we cross the street

Call me at six on the dot

A line a day when you’re far away

Little things mean a lot.

 

Don’t have to buy me diamonds or pearls

Champagne, sables, and such

I never cared much for diamonds and pearls

‘Cause honestly, honey, they just cost money.

 

Give me a hand when I’ve lost the way

Give me your shoulder to cry on

Whether the day is bright or gray

Give me your heart to rely on.

 

Send me the warmth of a secret smile

To show me you haven’t forgot

For now and forever, that’s always and ever

Little things mean a lot.

 

Wedding Reading #13: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“The Magic of Love” by Helen Steiner Rice

Love is like magic

And it always will be.

For love still remains

Life’s sweet mystery!

Love works in ways

That are wondrous and strange

And there’s nothing in life

That love cannot change!

Love can transform

The most commonplace

Into beauty and splendor

And sweetness and grace.

Love is unselfish,

Understanding and kind,

For it sees with its heart

And not with its mind!

Love is the answer

That everyone seeks…

Love is the language

That every heart speaks.

Love can’t be bought,

It is priceless and free.

Love, like pure magic,

Is life’s sweet mystery!

 

Wedding Reading #14: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“Marriage” by Mary Weston Fordham

The die is cast, come weal, come woe,

Two lives are joined together,For better or for worse, the link

Which naught but death can sever.

The die is cast, come grief, come joy

Come richer, or come poorer,

If love but binds the mystic tie,

Blest is the bridal hour.

 

Wedding Reading #15: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“On Love” by Thomas à Kempis

Love is a mighty power,

a great and complete good.

Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.

It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable.

 

Nothing is sweeter than love,

Nothing stronger,

Nothing higher,

Nothing wider,

Nothing more pleasant,

Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.

 

Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.

It is free and unrestrained.

Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.

Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,

attempts things beyond its strength.

 

Love sees nothing as impossible,

for it feels able to achieve all things.

It is strange and effective,

while those who lack love faint and fail.

 

Love is not fickle and sentimental,

nor is it intent on vanities.

Like a living flame and a burning torch,

it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.

 

Wedding Reading #16: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“On Your Wedding Day” (Unknown Author)

Today is the day you will always remember

The greatest in anyone’s life

You’ll start off the day just two people in love

And end it as husband and wife.

 

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey

With moments to cherish and treasure

And although there’ll be times when you both disagree

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.

 

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past

When the secrets of marriage were spoken

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken.

 

So live happy forever as lovers and friends

It’s the dawn of a new life for you

As you stand there together with love in your eyes

>From the moment you whisper “I do”.

 

And with luck, all your hopes and your dreams can be real

May success find its way to your hearts

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys

But today is the day it all starts.

 

Wedding Reading #17: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“The One” by Bernie Taupin

I saw you dancing out on the ocean

Running fast along the sand

A spirit born of earth and water

Fire flying from your hands

In the instant that you love someone

In the second that the hammer hits

Reality runs up your spine

And the pieces finally fit

All I ever needed was the one

Like freedom feels where wild horses run

When stars collide like you and I

No shadows block the sun

You are all I have ever needed

Baby, you’re the one

 

Wedding Reading #18: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“The One” (Unknown Author)

When the one whose hand you’re holding

Is the one who holds your heart,

When the one whose eyes you gaze into

Gives your hopes and dreams their start,

When the one you think of first and last

Is the one who holds you tight

And the things you plan together

Make the whole world seem just right,

When the one whom you believe in

Puts their faith and trust in you,

You’ve found the one and only love

You’ll share your whole life through.

 

Wedding Reading #19: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

“True Love” (Unknown Author)

True love is a sacred flame that burns eternally,

And none can dim its special glow or change its destiny.

True love speaks in tender tones and hears with gentle ear,

True love gives with open heart and true love conquers fear.

True love makes no harsh demands

It neither rules nor binds,

True love holds with gentle hands the hearts that it entwines.

 

Wedding Reading #20: Wedding Poems / Wedding Lyrics

(Unknown Author)

I do…

Want to laugh with you,

Learn with you,

Grow with you.

I do…

Want to be with you

All my life through,

For I love you with all of my heart,

And today I’m so happy to tell you…

I do

 

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My husband and I were married by Jeff Peterson at The Chapel in the Pines in August 2007. The moment we saw the Chapel we knew it was the right place, and the first time we met Jeff we knew he was the right person to unite us in marriage.  Jeff was very easy to work with and accommodated our busy schedules during the planning process. He was open with us and allowed the flexibility we needed to plan a non-traditional wedding ceremony, while at the same time giving us the right amount of guidance and structure to make the ceremony complete and unique. We met with him a couple times before the wedding to walk through the ceremony, and exchanged emails or phone calls on occasion -Jeff was always very responsive, patient and professional. We are honored to have had Jeff as our Officiant, and we recommend him without reservation.

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