Find the Movie Quotes in Paul’s Custom ‘Movie Themed’ Wedding Ceremony Speech
Bart and Shannon met as co-workers at the AMC Movie Theaters.
They love movies, and they love each other. I spoke as officiant at their wedding ceremony, and delivering it was an absolute blast.
They said they wanted plenty of movie references, plenty of fun, and even some jokes. I was more than happy to oblige.
But it brought me to a fine line. How to do that without overdoing it, which, in this case, would be easy to do.
I mean, when it comes to weddings and movie quotes, there is one that comes to everyone's mind.
Did I include that? Yes, I did. Did I do the funny voice. No, I did not. I said it as straightforward as I could, and according to the bride, I did it perfectly.
I only used a few movie references. They didn't want any readings, or special prayers or extra time in their ceremony besides the Irish blessing. The rest would be entirely my composition.
So, this is what I came up with when I was asked to write a wedding ceremony piece with movie references and quotes.
Who give their blessing for this woman to be married to this man?
Family and friends of Shannon and Bart, welcome. To have everyone together for this special occasion, to see and even more importantly to feel the support that comes from our family, our friends, our community, that is something that only happens when two people come together to express their love for each other. This unique feeling and experience, only happens on wedding days.
Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today. Marrige, that blessed event, that dream within a dream, we thank you for being here.
Shannon and Bart, many in your cast of characters are sitting behind you, and for those who couldn’t make it to be with us today, they are still supporting actors in the story of your life.
This story is one that has been heard, told, seen and felt by billions over the ages, with a man and a woman, who know for sure that they want to be together, so they link paths, and together they walk. Like you. Together you stand. Together you are. You realized that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with him, and with her, and when you realize that you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. Today is that start.
The story is, boy meets girl. This time, boy meets girl at the movie theatre. He’s the grizzled, able-bodied, trusted employee of half a decade at the 20 Mile AMC. She’s the new girl.
When they first talked, Shannon opened right up to Bart and was telling him about the problems she’d been having with her ex-boyfriend, and Bart saw the opportunity for a rebound.
Here he was, after years of putting on movie after movie for customer after customer, after handing out thousands of cubic yards of popcorn and dispensing millions of gallons of fake butter, finally, there is a beautiful woman right in front of him, and she’s even on the rebound! It couldn’t be better.
He mustered his courage and said, “I want to set you up with Ryan.”
Shannon knew that Ryan wasn’t her guy. She might not have known that Bart was, but she knew that Ryan wasn’t.
Fate wasn’t letting this one go too far off track.
Bart tries to set her up with Ryan, that may have been a blown opportunity, but there would be another one coming, and the way it happened was really like something from the movies. When I was getting to know you two and you told me about your love of movies, and then when you told me this story, I was like, “That is movie formula that has been used a million times.” It’s RomCom all the way. First, he biffs up the rebound chance, so if we were watching it like a movie we would have been like, “Dude, ask her out. Don’t set her up with Ryan!” But since we’d only been watching them interact there was only like 20 minutes in our “movie” we know something has to happen to give Bart the much needed second chance.
And it did.
Shannon got to play an archetypal movie role. She became the damsel in distress. She was Lois Lane to Bart’s Superman, MJ to Spiderman, Snow White to the Huntsman, Alabama to Clarence. Andromeda, to his Perseus. She was in trouble. He was there to save her when she got a flat tire.
One night, after work, she got a flat tire, and was about to call mom, but Bart said, no reason to wake mom, let me give you a ride. And in so generously offering a ride, he showed her he really thinks of others before himself. First, when Shannon is on the rebound, he thinks of his friend Ryan. Then, when she has a flat, he thinks of he mom, and is ready to help out. Plus, he got to show her how sensible he is because his car gets really good gas mileage. Foreshadowing to when she would understand that this guy might make a great ‘man of the house’. So, in an act of great heroism, altruism, and thank goodness something happened to give me a second chance with this girl-ism, he drives her home.
But it still wasn’t there that the seed of this classic love story really took root. It would take a little more getting to know each other before things really started rolling. Luckily, the author of this story had another twist in store for us.
After the flat tire, it wasn’t just one night that Shannon needed a ride, because it turns out, she can’t get the tire replaced because she drives on a very rare tire that isn’t in stock. They need to ship it, so it will be a week before she can drive her car. How will she get to work?
Re-enter – Perseus. We already know the Bart’s car gets great gas mileage, it jets down the highway with very little drag, flying almost, like Pegasus. And he gets to play the hero one more time. And he drives her to and from work every time he got the chance, until her flat was fixed.
Pretty soon, our hero was riding anywhere and everywhere he could with our heroine.
And now the both of you, Shannon, and Bart, get to play the hero, for the audience that loves you the most, for the rest of your life.
So, from today on, no matter what movie you see, you’ve got a spouse to go see it with. And if they don’t see it with you, you’ll be excited to tell them if it was good, or if it sucked.
You have someone there to bounce ideas off of, to pick up the slack when you are overwhelmed, overworked or just need some room, you have someone.
After quitting one AMC for another, Shannon and Bart; and I’d like to mention that they quit in a style that could only be done by Shannon and Bart; Bart wrote his resignation in crayon and Shannon wrote them a bereavement letter; after that, they moved to Albany, New York together. Why Albany? AMC. Albany Medical College.
I’m sure that when you made that move from what you were used to in Colorado to something new in Albany, I’m sure you noticed how much easier it was when you have someone that you love and trust and are aligned with to help you. It’s easier to find a place to live, when you have someone who loves you to help you. It’s easier to move in, when you have someone who loves you to help you. It’s easier to start a new crazy work or school schedule because you have someone there that loves you. Everything is easier when you are in love, and when the person that you love is awesome.
When we have someone that loves us forever, it doesn’t matter what happened at work. When we have someone that loves us forever, it doesn’t matter what happened at school. When we have someone who loves us forever, that is the only baseline that matters, and the rest of the details that happen are just that. Details. The most important thing is in place, and we can count ourselves as the luckiest people in the world because we are able to experience, cherish and enjoy the feeling of being in love with another and feeling love from them as well. It’s truly awesome.
Bart, do you think she’s awesome? Shannon, do you think Bart is awesome?
And today is an awesome day. At this point, I want to recognize everyone who has come to support these two. Bart, and Shannon, would you please stand and face your crowd. Look around. Look at the faces, the smiles. Shannon, look to your right. Bart, look to your left. Look at your people. Bart, you always have Shannon. Shannon, you will always have Bart, and to each other, you will be the most important person. But if you two need someone else to talk to, I want you to remember this moment. See all of these people. All of them love you. And folks in the crowd, if I could ask you to raise your hand if Shannon or Bart could call on you if they need someone to talk to, if they need help, if they need support.
Then this is an awesome day, and I am going to tell you all something that some of you will remember every year on this awesome day. It won’t be all of you, but some of you, any time you look at the calendar and see it’s June 19, you can remember that this is Shannon and Bart’s day. It was June 19, 2011 the first time that Bart asked her out. It was June 19, 2012, their anniversary when he proposed, and here we are on June 19 for their wedding day.
Bart, do you take this woman, with witnesses of your family, friends and loved ones, to live with in the bonds of matrimony, to be your wife?
Shannon, do you take this man, from this day forward, to have in marriage, and be your husband?
By the power granted to you and all of us by the great State of Colorado, I now pronounce you man and wife.
You may kiss the bride.
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours. May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."
May happiness be yours, and ladies and gentlemen, Mr. and Mrs. Murawski