Wedding Teaser Video!

Ohhhh what a magical day it was! July 18, 2014. Our incredible wedding ceremony in the Redwoods of Riverfront Regional Park – near two huge lakes and at a beautifully wooded group picnic site. Wow!

Wedding time

We came together for a full day of celebration, with friends and family showing up as early as the day before to help with food preparation, berry gathering for pies, and set up. On our invites, we had asked guests to show up as early as they felt called to help set up and be park of a day at the park…and they did! How amazing was it to have our community of loved ones working together as a family to create this blissful experience. It showed us, yet again, the power of family, community, and real love between people.

We couldn’t be more grateful for our loved ones’ help and support.

As we put together the pictures and videos from this event to create one of our episodes in the first season of “Looks Like Love To Me”…we wanted to give a teaser of how the day went. That’s what this video is…but rest assured, there is more to come!

Until then below is pasted the vows that our officiator Jacqueline Annette created for us. And also, enjoy the pictures on our Facebook Page and teaser video. Oh, and here are some lovely words some of our guests shared about their experience at the ceremony:

“I don’t usually cry at weddings, but yours was so beautiful and filled with love”

“Yesterday was by far the most interesting, lovely, bad ass wedding. Two pregnant ladies and a man. An yes, he’s father to both babies to be!” “So happy they found John, father to be of both their babies!! What a beautiful ceremony”

“Beautiful ceremony with the most beautiful souls!”

“You’re celebration was soooo good! I cried like a baby!”

 congratulations!! It was beautiful!! not a dry eye in the place!“,

“The vulnerability expressed in this photo is the essence of love. You three truly inspire me to love, love and love!!”

“Magical ceremony. Just so lovely and such beautiful people”

“You all are going to be wonderful parents, looking forward to those babies coming soon!”

“So many beautiful moments to be forever stored in my heart to bring me their warmth whenever they are needed.
I am feeling ridiculously grateful to have been apart of this celebration of love.”

“I have so much pride for Danielle Stinson-PhoenixMelinda Phoenix, and Jonathan Stein. Not only do they possess enough love between the three of them to light up the world, they are capable of gathering some of the most beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure of sharing space with.”

” You have shown me what a healthy love can look like. Your are all so beautiful inside and out! I’m so proud of you guys.”,

“We all couldn’t stop smiling of having been part of your deeply loving and moving celebration of love and each of you….the camera caught a “glimpse” of what my heart saw…and for that, I’m grateful.”

Phoenix-Stein Wedding Ceremony Vows!

 

Place setting

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 states, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

If life has any meaning to us at all, it possesses it because of love. Love enriches our human experience. It is the reason for the peace in the family and the peace of the peoples of the Earth. A meeting between those who are made for each other is a beautiful miracle. We are united to witness the marriage of three such people. What defines their love today will change and grow to new depth in the future. It takes only a second to say: “I love you”, but it can take a lifetime to show it. This ceremony is the celebration of a single stage in a much larger process that is the love between life partners. The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen their union. They will cross the years of each soul’s growth.

Danielle, Jonathan, and Melinda request, at some point this evening, that everyone take a moment to appreciate the symbolic glass bowls. These are a visual representation of the world that has been created through the blending of each of their unique aspects.

Jonathan Is the stone, serving as the fortification and strength that all life stems.

Danielle is the water, serving as the bond that holds all life together.

Melinda is the flower, serving as the celebration of beauty that comes from the labor of life.

Now, Jonathan, Melinda, and Danielle would like to call upon Jonathan’s mother, Sandi, to present the rings. They have specially chosen Sandi as the ring bearer to thank and distinguish her for the unwavering support and love they have all individually received from her. She has proven herself as an exceptional mother. Not only in the manner she has raised a man with such integrity as Jonathan, but also in the manner she has openly received Melinda and Danielle into her heart and family. Jonathan, Melinda, and Danielle are honored to have your blessing on their union.

Melinda and Jonathan:

  • Do you promise to love and respect Danielle in all of her perfections as well as her imperfections? Acknowledging that there will be times that she will cause you pain, do you promise to utilize these opportunities to communicate with Danielle in an openly loving and honest manner?
  • Do you promise to honor her purpose to provide tranquility, to allow her loving, caring soul to flourish and comfort you in times of emotional need, and to allow her unattached nature to provide you with balance through fluidity?
  • Do you acknowledge the incredible gift she has given you to be the mother and father of her children and promise to honor that gift and all of it’s blessings?
  • Do you promise to respect and utilize this time you have been blessed to share with Danielle and allow her influence to expand and challenge you to evolve into your highest self?
  • Do you promise to provide her with the energy and space to expand and challenge her to evolve into her highest self? Do you promise to support her personal growth, in all of it’s manifestations, trusting in her commitment to this union and your children?
  • Will you promise to Danielle that you are 100%, body, soul, and mind dedicated to her and your children? That every promise made here today is of your utmost truth, and in making these promises, request every witness hold you accountable to these truths?

As a token of the promises made and as symbol of their love for you, Danielle, Jonathan and Melinda give to you this ring. Danielle, do you receive Melinda and Jonathan as your partners in life and love?

Danielle and Melinda:

  • Do you promise to love and respect Jonathan in all of his perfections as well as his imperfections? Acknowledging that there will be times that he will cause you pain, do you promise to utilize these opportunities to communicate with Jonathan in an openly loving and honest manner?
  • Do you promise to honor his purpose to provide you with safety and protection, to trust his purpose to ground you when necessary and to utilize his ability to fill your life with laughter and creativity?
  • Do you acknowledge the incredible gift he has given you to be the mothers of his children and promise to honor that gift and all of it’s blessings?
  • Do you promise to respect and utilize this time you have been blessed to share with Jonathan and allow his influence to expand and challenge you to evolve into your highest self?
  • Do you promise to provide him with the energy and space to expand and challenge him to evolve into his highest self? Do you promise to support his personal growth, in all of it’s manifestations, trusting in his commitment to this union and your children?
  • Will you promise to Jonathan that you are 100%, body, soul, and mind, dedicated to him and your children? That every promise made here today is of your utmost truth, and in making these promises request every witness hold you accountable to these truths?

As a token of the promises made and as symbol of their love for you, Jonathan, Danielle and Melinda give to you this ring. Jonathan, do you receive Melinda and Danielle as your partners in life and love?

Jonathan and Danielle:

  • Do you promise to love and respect Melinda in all of her perfections as well as her imperfections? Acknowledging that there will be times that she will cause you pain, do you promise to utilize these opportunities to communicate with Melinda in an openly loving and honest manner?
  • Do you promise to honor her passion and fire, allowing it to generate movement in your life, to allow her to provide you with nourishment for body and soul, and to support her bravery adding to the foundation of her unshakable faith?
  • Do you acknowledge the incredible gift she has given you to be the father and mother of her children and promise to honor that gift and all of it’s blessings?
  • Do you promise to respect and utilize this time you have been blessed to share with Melinda and allow her influence to expand and challenge you to evolve into your highest self? Do you promise to provide her with the energy and space to expand and challenge her to evolve into her highest self? Do you promise to support her personal growth, in all of it’s manifestations, trusting in her commitment to this union and your children?
  • Will you promise to Melinda that you are 100%, body, soul, and mind dedicated to her and your children? That every promise made here today is of your utmost truth, and in making these promises request every witness hold you accountable to these truths?

As a token of the promises made and as symbol of their love for you, Melinda, Jonathan and Danielle give to you this ring. Melinda, do you receive Danielle and Jonathan as your partners in life and love?

At this time, Jonathan, Melinda, and Danielle would like to share the vows they have prepared for one another.

Melinda, Danielle, and Jonathan acknowledge that in choosing to honor the love and passion they hold for each other, they will continue to be met with varying emotions from society at large, friends and family.  There will be times these emotions will be of intolerance and judgment. While they recognize that these feelings are a product of fear and misinformation, and have resolved within themselves to combat this judgment with love and education, they request in asking you to be present today and in witnessing the expression of their commitments to love and to each other, that you will join them in this revolution of love.

They ask that you also make a promise. A promise to support and respect this love you have experienced here today. That you defend everyone’s right to choose love and all of its expressions. That you will defend their children, the fruit of this love, against all judgment and criticism. And in doing so, we can all actively contribute to a world for our children and all future generations, that does not quantify love but allows it to be a limitless expression of life.

If everyone would please circle around Danielle, Melinda, and Jonathan, as a representation of the continuation of friendship and support they have received from each of us. As we circle, place your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you. In this way we are all connected as a community of unconditional encouragement and love for our friends.

Do you, the witnesses here on this beautiful and expansive day, promise to support and respect Jonathan, Danielle, and Melinda as individuals who possess the right to express love in any manner supported by truth of the heart and soul? To support their collective decision to honor the love they hold for each other and their right to create this relationship paradigm? And to defend the right of this love and most importantly, to defend the innocence born of this love?

Now let’s celebrate! We celebrate the bravery of each of us willing to stand here together and acknowledge the existence of our own limitless hearts. And in particularly the very real and undeniably gorgeous love of our three dear friends.

It is my honor to present to you the united soul of

Jonathan, Melinda, and Danielle Phoenix-Stein.