We found a part of our ceremony through one of my favorite budget brides at 2000 Dollar Budget Wedding. She had created a list of favorite ceremonies. We stole part of our ceremony from Peonies and Polaroids.
Here's how it started:
The Candyman and Louise want to thank each of you for coming today to share in this very special time in their lives. Those of you who have been invited here to witness Louise and The Candyman's wedding ceremony and to celebrate with them today will play your part in their marriage too. There are only two official witnesses at a wedding but each and every person here today will witness the words that they will speak to one another and the vows that they will make. You should take good care to remember these words; for a marriage needs the help of a community, of friends and family who will be there when needed and will do all that they can during hard times to stand by Louise and The Candyman and offer their support to them and the new family that they will create. May you always do all within your power to support the union that will be made here today and to nurture the bond between these two people whom you love.
Throughout time countless millions of people from many cultures, religions and societies have gathered among friends and families to celebrate their love for one and other and their commitment to each other. Each culture has symbols and rituals to celebrate marriage from the Japanese tea ceremony to the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass, a rich tapestry of traditions from around the world combine to symbolize the meaning of marriage. And today we should try to remember that a wedding is a symbol, a beautiful, heartfelt and meaningful symbol but a symbol nonetheless. This ceremony is not magic, it will not create a relationship that does not already exist and has not already been celebrated in all the commitments The Candyman and Louise have made to each other, both large and small, in the days since they first met and recognized their connection to one another. It is a symbol of how far they have come together and a symbol of the promise that they will make to each other to continue to live their lives together and to love each other solely and above all others. And it is in the spirit of these symbols that The Candyman has prepared a poem titles The Great Concatenation and has asked his friend James Monroe to read for us.
The Great Concatenation
At dawn, the morning fog crowds
About church steeples as if pausing in meditation
Before beginning the day
And in that quiet stillness
I belong to you
The light of the setting sun
Glinting off grain silos makes me pine for you
I can't explain why
In your eyes, there lies
The pulsing flirtation of fireflies
Hovering about paper lanterns
Suspended effortlessly in the summer night
The space between us aches me,
As seas of mist converge above my head in cloudscapes
Like weightless gray elephants in some distant caravan across the sky
There lies a part of you to delight me in all the beauty that I behold,
From the eerie astral eye of the Hourglass Nebula
To the gooey center of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich
The thread of you is woven through the firmament
Even our very atoms were once the embers of ancient stars
But through some great concatenation
We have arrived here in this moment finally whole
To revel on the miracle that is us.
Yeah, my man wrote a poem for me on our wedding day. How bad ass is that? I'll write about our vows later in the week.
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