This week was our 15-year wedding anniversary, we didn’t really do much to celebrate as we snuck off to Florence for a few nights back in August but we have been reminiscing about the big day. When you work in the industry it’s hard not to look back and wonder if you would have done anything differently…I loved our wedding day and there was very little I would have changed then and I’m often glad I’m not getting married now as I know way too many amazing suppliers to choose from. One thing I do wonder about though is what readings I would have chosen if we’d had them, as it was a Greek Orthodox ceremony, wedding readings aren’t a part of the service.
My husband is a big music fan and one of his favourite artists is Ani Difranco, I love these lines from her songs:
“Search your profile
For a translation
I study the conversation
Like a map
’cause I know there is strength
In the differences between us
And I know there is comfort
Where we overlap”
-Ani Difranco’s Overlap
“Like you’re trying to fight gravity
on a planet that insists
that love is like falling
and falling is like this”
-Ani Difranco’s Falling Is Like This
We met in drama school so I’d like to think we would have chosen some Shakespeare too (we named our son after a character in Midsummers Nights’ Dream), and Sonnet 116 is always a popular wedding reading choice:
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
-Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
I love the film The Princess Bride, and this is a lovely quote from it:
“Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quiet for you or sing for you, or if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Arabian wine, I will go to Arabia even though it is across the world and bring a bottle back for your lunch”.
or for a little humour
“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.”
And my favourite book of all time is The Time Travellers Wife, …Henry reminds me of my husband 😉 without the defective time-traveling gene…
“Clare, I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.”
― Audrey Niffenegger
So if you’re thinking about what to have for your wedding readings consider looking further afield than your usual suspects, think about your favourite songs, film, books, moments you’ve shared and choose a reading that is meaningful to you both.
All images by Marianne Taylor