We were married at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in River Forest, IL.  Our wedding ceremony was a Catholic Nuptial Mass.   My parents have been parishioners for over 25 years and I grew up in this church.  It meant a lot to me to have my wedding here

Ceremony Readings

First Reading - Genesis 1:26-28, 31

Then God said:
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,
and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

God created man in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
Male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.

Second Reading - Ephesians 4:1-6

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,

with all humility and gentleness,
with patience, bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:

One body and one Spirit,
As you were also called to the one hope of your call;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism;
One God and Father of all,
Who is over all and through all and in all.

Gospel - John 15:9-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you."

Prayers of the Faithful

  • For the people and leaders of all nations, that peace may be theirs, we pray to the Lord.
  • For Sara and Andrew, joined now in marriage, that their love will grow and their commitment deepen every day, we pray to the Lord.
  • For all married couples throughout the world, that God may continue to bless and strengthen their unions, we pray to the Lord.
  • For the families and friends of Sara and Andrew, gathered here today, that they continue to enrich each other with love and support through the years, we pray to the Lord.
  • For family members who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, that they live in happiness with God, we pray to the Lord.
  • For all those in attendance today, that God may give them safe passage home, both near and far, we pray to the Lord.

Ceremony Music

  • Love is the Sunlight by Haas
  • Hymne by Vanelis

Seating of the Parents and Grandparents
  • La Grace by Telemann

Bridesmaids' Processional
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach

Bride's Processional
  • Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke

Responsorial Psalm
  • Blessed Are Those Who Love You  (Gather Hymnal #125)

Gospel Acclamation
  • Celtic Alleluia

Presentation of the Gifts
  • Wedding Song by Kenny G

  • In Remembrance of You   (Word and Song Hymnal #525)

  • Rondeau by Mouret

See Stationery & Details page for a sample program of our ceremony.