notes for program
Saturday June 10,2000
Wedding Program of Susan Ryan and Eric Freudenthal
Guests should note that they are to be seated during “Whistle A Happy Tune”
Bridal Processional March of the Siamese Children Composed by Richard Rogers
Rev. Susan Davison-Archer
Rev. David M. Bryce
Order of processional:
Opening Words: Rev. Susan Davison-Archer
Tree of Life: This is from the home of Ruth Freudenthal. The piece comes to the family through Eric’s paternal grandparents. Susan and Eric have brought it here today as a symbol of unity. They acknowledge the separate paths that have led them here and affirm their future together by asking the following people to light a branch of the tree. (Please leave the top candle for the bride and groom)
Molly Ryan and Joseph Frische
Ruth Freudenthal and David Freudenthal
Max Cooperman and David Cooperman
Carol Klitzner and Marla Speers
Saul Hansell and Norma Faas
Questions to the Couple: Rev. David Bryce
Questions were traditionally asked of both the families and the bridal couple to ensure all parties came of their free will. Susan and Eric include a version here as a promise to each other. Recognizing Susan does not enter into this marriage alone, they include Susan’s sons David and Max
Cooperman in this promise.
Song: “ One Hand, One Heart” Sung by Andre Peart Composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Vows: Rev. Susan Davison-Archer Susan and Eric appreciate and recognize a gift when they receive one. They thank both ministers present for their Humanistic and Unitarian Universalistic contributions.
Exchange of Rings: Rev. David Bryce Susan’s ring was chosen for its beauty and uniqueness. She has been wearing it at his request as a symbol from Eric of his intention to be married. She remembers her Grandmother Mary Culver by wearing a necklace left to Molly and Kathleen Ryan.
Two other husbands’ have worn Eric’s ring. It first belonged to his mother’s grand Uncle Martin Couney who brought her family from Hitler’s Germany.Eric’s mother Ruth gave the ring to her husband Peter on their wedding day. May this marriage be as happy as the legacy it comes with. We are grateful to Ruth Freudenthal for remembering how much love Eric had for his father.
Song: “Married” Composed by John Kander and Fred Ebb Sing, as you are able.
Words of Celebration: Rev. Susan Davison-Archer
Pronouncement: Rev. David Bryce
Hymn: The Best of Times is Now
Guests are invited to come forward to congratulate the bridal couple and their families.