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Bo and Hope's Wedding Poem

Spoken by Bo and Hope at their symbolic Oak Alley wedding and in their 1985 wedding in England.

"True love is the gift which God has given to man only. Beneath the heavens, the silver link, the silver tie, which heart to heart and mind to mind, in body and in soul combined."

(Special Meaning: It came from the book of poetry that was Shawn's. It was the one he gave Hope on her 18th birthday that Shawn always read to Caroline.)

Bo and Hope's wedding vows

Bo: Hope, I know it's taken us a long time to get here. We even thought at times that we wouldn't. I know I had my donuts. I never thought I could have someone in my life that could make me so happy or make me feel so alive. You know how hard it is for me to tell people how I feel about them, especially people I care about. But today in front of all these people, I have no problem telling you that I love you. I know our lives aren't going to be sunshine and roses from here on in, but I'm going to try my hardest to keep our love alive. We've got something very special here. It's worth fighting for. I love you Hope.

Hope: Oh, Bo, I fell in love with you the first time I saw you but it's taken all that time to realize that what I felt then is nothing compared to what I feel now. Remember what we said to each other in New Orleans- "True love is the gift which God hath given to man alone beneath the heavens. The silver link, the silver tie, in heart to heart, in body and in soul can bind'. I was pretty young when I met you and I'd get so mad when you'd call me "Little One". But knowing you and loving you has made me a woman and I am your woman Bo. Standing her in front of all these people, I give you my life and all my love through all eternity. Oh, Bo I love you and I'm so proud to be your wife.

Hope's letter to Bo on their wedding day

Dear Bo:

I'm writing this letter to you on the morning of our wedding. I'm going to put it away in a special place, and one day, years from now, I'll show it to you. Gran gave me the idea. She wrote a letter to grandpa on their wedding day. She wrote all of her feelings, her hopes, and dreams, so that one day they could look back and remember how their life together began. I want us to do that too. As I write, I'm looking into the future, to that day when you finally read this. What will we be like? How will we feel when that day finally arrives? I'll be leaving for the church in a little while. I'll take your hand and pledge my love to you for all eternity. I'm so excited, so happy. And yes, a little frightened. But mostly I'm filled with this incredible emotion that wells up inside me. It overflows and reaches every part of me, giving me such joy, such happiness. It's such a wonderful emotion...I'm not sure what to call it. A little word like love doesn't seem big enough to describe it. But I guess there is no other word. So in the end I'm right back where I started...with no word to truly express the depth of my love, the joy of my emotion, the certainty of my commitment. I just want you to know that on this day, and every day thereafter, I will thank God for you. And I will love you from the bottom of my heart, from the depths of my soul, forever.


Pre-wedding vows

1996: Alice and Shawn-D had just decorated the boat for Bo & Hope to have a nice and romantic evening. Bo tells Hope that it feels like they're already married even though they haven't said the words yet. Hope suggested that they say their vows right now while toasting to a drink of champagne.

BO: Fancy Face, I have loved you ever since I first laid eyes on you...back when we were kids. I loved you. We played, we loved, we fought, we made up, we fought, and we made up again and again and again, and I wouldn't have it any other way. You were my first love...and I know you'll be my last. Hope Williams Brady, I promise to love you, to cherish you, to respect you and protect you for all the days of our lives.

HOPE: Bo Brady, I promise to always love, honor, cherish, respect, and protect you share my life with you and build our future together for ourselves and for our family. I've never loved anyone but you and I know I never will.

A Message to Bo

November 1996: It was the night before Bo & Hope's second wedding. Hope couldn't sleep, so she decides to call Bo, but there was no answer, only his machine picked up.

BO: Hello. I'm not here. I'm busy getting ready to marry the most incredibly beautiful woman on the planet, so leave that message. [Answering machine beeps.]

HOPE: Hey you! Where are you? I cannot believe that message you just left. You're crazy you know that? But I love you. Ooh, I love you. And I miss you and... Oh, Bo...I cannot wait to stand at that alter tomorrow and exchange our wedding vows in front of everybody---God, our family, our friends. Oh, wait a minute, we've already done that haven't we? So I suppose I should say...renew our vows. That's what I'm going to do. I want to renew my commitment to our love and to the wonderful life I know we're going to have. I just want you to know how much I love you. I do.


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