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Vow to Be Different


Teodora Altomare-De Marco & Andrea De Marco with Kim Kirkley.  

Couple No. 4:
The Translation

“At the wedding of two Italian nationals at Belvedere Castle in Central Park, I gave the vows in English, and they repeated them to each other in Italian,” says Kim Kirkley, an interfaith minister and celebrant who officiated the wedding of Andrea De Marco and Teodora Altomare-De Marco. “Italian is such a beautiful language, so it was incredibly romantic. It really set them apart as a couple. Their vows were heartfelt and not at all standard. They recognized that life is about changing together, not changing one another. I really valued them for that.”

I, Andrea/Teodora, take you, Teodora/Andrea, to be my beloved wife/husband
(Io, Andrea/Teodora, prendo te Teodora/ Andrea come mia moglie/marito).

To stand with you in the light that is our love
(per vivere con te nella luce del nostro amore)

To honor you, to change with you
(per celebrarti, per cambiare insieme)

To open the windows of my heart
(per aprirti le porte del mio cuore)

To share my life openly with you
(per condividere apertamente la mia vita con te)

To be with you always
(e rimanere sempre al tuo fianco)

I promise you this now and forever.
(Questa e’ la mia promessa, oggi e per sempre.)

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