Writing Your Own Vows: Real Couples' Vows

Yvetta Fedorova and Scott Menchin
Yvetta's vows: I, Yvetta, take you, Scott, to be my husband, my love, and the father of our children. I will be yours in sunshine and in rain...in war and in peace, in English and in Russian, in Babbo [local restaurant] and in Bread Alone [local bakery and coffee shop], on Broadway and on Yerry Hill [their street], I will love you till the end of time.

Scott's vows (which he pledged to Yvetta in Russian): I, Scott, take you, Yvetta, to be my wife, my love, and the mother of our children. I will cherish you and respect and encourage you and comfort you till the end of my life.

Darcy Miller and Andrew Nussbaum
Darcy's vows: Andy, with you I feel complete. You brought magic to my life, and I look forward to making each other happy, always. No matter what life brings, I know we will always have each other. Our love is rare. I only wish you had talked some sense into me earlier.

Andy's vows: My sweetie, my bride, wonderful things happen to those who keep trying. Since the first time I met you, I wanted to make you happy, even when you draw those pictures of me that show me with less hair than I like to think I have. Now your happiness is my guide, and I will love you for every second of the rest of my life.

Cathryn Galanter and Jim Rosenfeld
Cathryn's vows: Jim, since the beginning, I was attracted by your intelligence and thoughtfulness, supported by your gentleness, warmed by your sensitivity, and charmed by your sense of humor....Our lives developed, we met and grew close to each other's families and friends. I look forward to our future together, to building a family and a new home, to supporting and encouraging each other in our careers, to enjoying the company of our friends, still managing to fit in museum trips, movies, and vacations....So, in the company of the people who make our lives so full and special, James Eric Rosenfeld, I love you, I want us to be partners and to have you in my life every day for as long as we live.

Jim's vows: Cathy, I am so grateful that you entered my life, and for all the memories that you have already given me. We have traveled to North Carolina and California, Mexico and India, and we have enjoyed New York movie theaters and bookstores, restaurants and running paths together. I have been lucky to become a part of your wonderful family, and happy to see my family accept you as one of their own....I look forward very much to everything we have in front of us. We will continue to grow together and to learn about each other. I'm so excited to have a family with you; there is no one else I can imagine growing old with.

Mary Michaud and Mark Edwards
Justice of the peace: Mary, will you promise to give to, receive from, inspire, support, honor, respect, and love Mark always? Mary: I will.

Justice of the peace: Mark, will you promise to give to, receive from, inspire, support, honor, respect, and love Mary always? Mark: I will.

Justice of the peace: Friends and family, Mark and Mary ask that you remind them of their promises today when you feel it is necessary. Will you do this for them? Response from all: We will.

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