I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
For several years I acted as the Wedding Coordinator at an historic church here in Wellington. New Zealand is a very young country, so historic in this instance is only some 140 years. However, I enjoyed my time there and loved being involved with so many brides and grooms. Each year we had around 90 weddings, so there were plenty of people for me to interact with.
For whatever reason, today I found myself looking through some of the poems that had been read at the ceremonies. Of course, there were those that were used again and again, eg from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
“….Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two…”
and the Apache Blessing
“Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be a companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you….”
and of course 1 Corinthians 13
“… Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…”
And many others.
During my tenure I made many friends. I have heard from some of the brides and grooms on where/how they spent their honeymoon, when their first child was born, how they celebrated anniversaries and generally they have kept me in the loop. I received several invitations to the reception that of course I always refused and have many thank you letters filed away. I feel very honoured to be treated this way. After all, for most of them, I was only in their lives for a very short time at a very busy period in their lives.
And many have given me approval to use their photos in my blogs so here are a few:
I’ve always loved that first verse. So charming and precious.
Yes it is lovely. 🙂
What an awesome job that must have been!
Absolutely LOVE the Apache Blessing.
I think it was the best job ever. It came to an unfortunately when they wanted staff rather than consultants. But I enjoyed it for four years. 🙂
Funny! Funny! Funny! 🙂
Oh did you get the post with the West Virginia poem. I though that was too bad after publishing it s I changed it. Have a look at the updated version. 🙂
Beautiful photos and verses. I see you’ve removed it, but the West Virginia poem was funny…of course I’m not at all offended because I’ve never even visited there 🙂
Well I removed it as I thought it offensive. However, when I see the responses to my You have mail post I think maybe I shall reinstate it for fun.
I’ve never heard the one from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. That is lovely! May all those wedding stories have happy endings.
That is only part of the love poem from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by
Louis de Bernières. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was made into a film in about 2001 and starred Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. A good movie but the love poem is the thing that has stuck.
How special that some kept in touch. This would have been a rewarding job for sure. Thanks for sharing the poems.
Thanks Darlene. It was a special job and I absolutely loved it. 🙂
Thank you for sharing, Judith. The poems and pictures were a nice way to start my day.
Thanks Susan. I go to my inbox first thing in the morning to see what my blogging friends are up to.
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