January 30, 2014
Queenstown, New Zealand
I ask everyone here today to witness that I Gregory Paul Storer choose you Michael Nathan Barnett to be my legal husband.
Michael, when we started our relationship, my online profile said that I understood my place in the Universe and that I was looking for the right person to share it with. I said that mental voids need not apply.
You have been able to challenge me, reason with me and help me grow into a different man. I have changed. I am now a wonderfully happy person, in love with a wonderfully happy person. You are no mental void but a man brimming with integrity, honesty, openness and love.
Michael today we face each other, I get to look into your beautiful eyes, watch your wonderful face and tell you why I’m here.
You know that I love you. You know that despite all the wrongs in our world, all the things outside our control and all the things that we control that I willingly look at you and say you are the one that I want to be with. You are the one that I choose to spend my time with.
I smile when I see you. I look for you when you’re not here. I revel in sharing the outdoors with you. I delight in our conversations about the world.
We walk through the bush and climb to the top of mountains and look in awe. These are times together that make my heart go zing. You make my heart go zing. It’s doing it right now.
So, today, with my heart going zing, I have surrounded myself with love. I have taken the most important people in my life and brought them here. I want the love that surrounds me, the love of my closest brother and sister, the love of my wonderful children, the love of my best friends, I want this love to surround me and I want it to surround you.
You too have brought to this place those you love, you have surrounded yourself with love.
There is here today over 200 years of marriage between our friends. We are engulfed by love.
I stand before everyone here to say to you that I love you.
I love your passion for others.
I love your sense of justice.
I love your thoroughness.
I love your humour.
I love your integrity.
I want you to be my husband.
I want to share all of my life with you.
I want to explore the world with you at my side.
I want to discover the universe with you.
I choose you to be my husband.
You can read the vows Michael said to me here