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


Saul Hansell

Dan Millstein

Officiating Ministers:

Rev. Susan Davison-Archer

Rev. David M. Bryce

Order of processional:

Freudenthal family

Ryan Family

David Cooperman

Max Cooperman

Gabriel Kates-Shaw

Emma Kates-Shaw

Emily Adler

Jennifer Adler

Eric Freudenthal

Susan Ryan

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.