Groom: We invite you, our friends & family, but more importantly our guests, to witness us as we join our two families into one.
Bride: We symbolize the joining of our families by the candles we've placed before you.
Groom: The smallest candles represent my son Eric, & my daughters Amanda, Ashley, & Amelia.
Bride: The smallest candle represents my daughter Samantha.
Groom: The medium candle lit by Eric, Amanda, Ashley, & Amelia signifies the life they are in me. They are a part of me, & have shown this by my candle they have lit together.
Bride: The medium candle lit for Samantha signifies the life she is in me. She is a part of me, & it is shown by my candle my maid of honor has lit in substitution of her.
Groom: The largest candle's light reflects our family as it is now.
Bride: We light it together by our single candles. Two candles, with different flames, joined into ourselves.
Groom: Samantha, I extinguish the life of your candle. (Blow out flame.) You are your mother's flame & are a piece of her. Your mother & I are joined as one. You, being a part of her, are now a part of me. Together, we are a unified family. Samantha, I am not here to replace your dad, but I vow to be the best I can be as a father figure in your life. I vow to love you as my own children.
Bride: Eric, Amanda, Ashly, & Amelia, I extinguish the lives of your candles. (Blow out flames.) You are your father's flame & are a piece of him. Your father & I are joined as one. You, being a part of him, are now a part of me. Together, we are a unified family. Eric, Amanda, Ashley, & Amelia, I am not here to replace your mom, but I vow to be the best I can as a mother figure in your life. I vow to love you as my own child.
Groom: So we ask you in return to love us as much as we love you.
Bride: We come together unified as one. One flame, one life, & one family.