R and I are getting married. Or, in our case we are 'registering a civil partnership'. Nonetheless, a week from today we will be officially 'hitched' in a very small service at the Register Office and then with close friends and family out for a pub lunch. The day after that we fly off for five nights in Venice.
We had a choice between having a reading, or writing our own vows. In the end we opted for vows. I don't want to get too sentimental about the whole thing, its been a long time coming as we've been together now for close on 14 years, but I can honestly say that I will mean every syllable of these words:
I promise to love you and honour you always, in good times and in bad,
from this day until we are finally parted at the end of our lives.
When you are joyful I will rejoice with you, laugh with you and I will
delight in your happiness.
When troubles come I will strive to protect you and keep you from harm,
and where I cannot I will hold you through the pain.
With my love and friendship I will sweeten your victories and soften
I will travel with you wherever our road should lead and I will never
desert you nor allow you to stand alone in the world.
This I promise to you;
I promise to hold your love as my greatest treasure in this