Image by Chris Emeott Photography
In that book which is my memory
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words: Incipit vita nova;
‘Here begins the new life’.
- From La Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri
This to the Crown, and blessing of my life,
The much lov’d husband of a happy wife.
To him, whose constant passion found the art
To win to a stubborn and ungrateful heart;
And to the World, by tend’rest proof disovers
They err, who say that husbands can’t be lovers.
- From ‘A Letter to Daphnis, 2 April 1685′, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
- Christina Rossetti
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all of these
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
Happy Friday, folks! The Love List is going to be a little late this week (you can catch it tomorrow) but for now, in the spirit of pretty much every man, woman and child in Cape Town heading off to the U2 concert (How jealous am I? VERY JEALOUS!) I thought I would leave you with a short selection of U2 lyrics which might make a charming (and a little bit rock ’n roll) addition to your wedding.
Have a lovely weekend!
PS My lovely friend Chris over at Postcards & Pretties is giving away a spectacular wedding photography package from 13:13 that even includes engagement or day after pics, and it’s open to international readers too! Head over here to enter.
from Wild Honey
Did I know you…
Did I know you even then?
Before the clocks kept time
Before the world was made?
from With or Without You (Rattle & Hum version)
We’ll shine like stars in the summer night
We’ll shine like stars in the winter night
Image by Elizabeth Messina
Today is my friend (and former partner in crime) Heidi’s big day – as you read this probably she’ll be walking down the aisle to start a new life with her English boy, Oli. And I’ll be standing right beside her (holding the bouquet and carrying the famous bridesmaid emergency kit!), and wishing both of them all the happiness in the world. Congratulations my friend – nobody deserves a happy ending as much as you do! :) I’m so honoured to be there with you today. Read more
Image by Vue Photography
- Eileen Rafter
The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile,
As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while.
Then he turned and said, with a casual air
(Though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair),
“I think I might like to get married to you”
“Well then, she said, “Well there’s a thought,
But what if we can’t promise to be all that we ought,
If I’m late yet again, when we plan to go out.
For I know I can’t promise, I’ll learn to ignore
Dirty socks and damp towels strewn all over the floor.
So if we can’t vow to be all that we should
I’m not sure what to do, though the idea’s quite good”.
But he gently smiled and tilted his head
Till his lips met her ear and softly he said
“I promise, to weave my dreams into your own,
That wherever you breathe will be my heart’s home.
I promise, that whether with rags or with gold I am blessed
Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best.
Do you think then, my love, we should marry – do you?”
“Yes” she said smiling “I do”.
Many couples like the idea of having a reading or poem at their wedding beyond the traditional or religious, and having a friend or family member read them is a great way to include them in the ceremony. But finding a reading that sounds fresh and personal can be a mission. Of course, there are centuries worth of romantic poets to draw on, but if you’re looking for something more modern, here are three ideas to get you started.
That Still And Settled Place
- Edward Monkton
In that still and settled place
There’s nobody but you
You’re where I breathe my oxygen
You’re where I see my view
And when the world feels full of noise
My heart knows what to do
It finds that still and settled place
And dances there with you.
- Jack Johnson (song lyrics)
There’s no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things
Like a shoebox of photographs
With sepiatone loving
Love is the answer,
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? And where do we go?
And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing: it’s always better when we’re together.
Carrie’s Wedding Poem
- From Sex and the City
His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”.