I was also given the excellent advice that I should really shut the fuck up and accept the notion that wedding vows are a little corny.
My dad told me a lot of things when I told him I was getting married. The conversation we had that day was one of the most important conversations in my life...I grew up completely assured that my dad knows everything. He's never said 'I don't know' to me - he's always had an answer or just as importantly, help me learn how to find my own answers.
So when my dad talks, I listen.
Dad told me that life's a journey, and it sure as hell isn't a spring road. In the time we've been together, you and I have found this to be true over and over. We started out separated by over a thousand miles and since then we've stuck together through danger, bad health and poverty. I promise to always walk beside you on the road through spring and through winter.
Dad also told me that everyone is always changing. He said one of the most important parts of marriage is being able to accept change and grow as well. I think this is more than an important part of marriage, but that this is also a huge part of what love is. You and I have changed so much since we first started chatting on IRC, since our only dates were in World of Warcraft. I'm so proud of all you've accomplished and how you've grown. I promise to always love and accept you as we grow and change together.
The idea of being a wife is exhilarating and sometimes frightening, but you make me a better person, a person who wants to embrace our future together. For a long time, I never really thought I'd have a future, but because of you, I want a life together, I want our future. I promise to always fight for that. I promise to never give up on it.
It's taken us a long time to get here, but I don't regret a single moment of our time together. I promise to always love you, support you and stand by you, no matter how our road changes.