Penning your own vows is also one of the loveliest ways to personalize your wedding. These six couples pulled it off beautifully—read their sentiments and you'll be inspired to start writing your own.

Promises To Each Other

Kristin Van Handel, a textile designer, and Dennis Russo, a theatre professor, both structured their vows as promises to each other—but they didn't plan it that way; they actually wrote their vows separately. The couple love how they just happened to express their feelings for each other in the same way.

Dennis to Kristin

As the cliché says, you showed up
when I was least expecting you.
I intend to love you, hold you,
and grow very, very old with you.
These are my promises:
   I promise to always be there
when you have troubles, and
to know that sometimes simply
letting you talk about your
problems is enough.
   I promise to be the most
dependable person in your life.
   I promise you that laughter
will always be commonplace
in our house.
   I promise to do my best to age
gracefully in body and soul, and
not to become a cranky old man.
   I promise, from this day
forward, to live my life as a
member of a band, and not a
solo artist.
   I promise to lead and follow
accordingly, and to keep our
relationship in good balance.
   To quote a favorite writer,
"You fill up all those empty
spaces." For that I am grateful,
and every day you will see that
appreciation.

Kristin to Dennis

I am truly blessed to be a part
of your life, which as of today
becomes our life together.
   I promise to encourage your
dreams, because that is what
makes you so unique.
   I promise to celebrate the joy
of every day with you.
   I promise to stand by your side
through life's most joyous
moments and challenging ones.
   I promise to be kind, patient
and forgiving.
   I promise to always honor
your passion for hockey.
   I promise to always remember
that laughter is life's sweetest
creation, and I will never stop
laughing with you.
   But most of all, I promise to
be your true companion always.
   For one lifetime with you could
never be enough.