Handfasting Ritual

Handfasting is an interesting ritual. Many cultures have a form of Handfasting and the varieties of performing this ritual are as varied as the cultures that use it. Handfasting is a ritual of binding. The couple, after exchanging their rings with each other, is bound together in a covenant of marriage, of fidelity, and of love.

The ritual has, over the years, evolved. Today  couples “Handfast” with a variety of “handfastners” reflecting their profession, hobby or sport. So for instances,  electricians have used  wire or zip ties, police officers, zip ties and handcuffs. Some first responders /firefighters use a smaller piece of rescue rope. Mountain climbers have used rope and the clips called carabiners. Sailors rope and halyard line, nurses IV tubing, and surgeons, surgical tubing.  Whimsical, yes, but great variation of the ritual  to make the ceremony more unique and personal. Ribbon is most often used. The colors white, ivory, the color theme of the wedding the most popular.

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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Dog Poem 1

Katie and Brendan love dogs. They wanted to have their dogs as their witnesses, well that just could not happen. So they had this wonderful poem read to celebrate their love and their love of their four legged children.

How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog – Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

Pooh and Piglet- Two Readings

Pooh and Piglet, two beautiful character with whom we can all identify. These two snapshots of Pooh  have been favorites of ours for years, they always make us smile, and maybe, just maybe, give one of us wet eyes.

Us Too – A. A. Milne

Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
”Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
”Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” say Pooh, says he.
”Let’s go together,” says Pooh.

“What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
”I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
”Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
”It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
”That’s what it is,” said Pooh.

“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
”Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few –
”Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
”As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they,” said Pooh, said he.
”That’s what the yare,” said Pooh.

“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
”That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
”I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!” — and off they flew.
”I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
”I’m never afraid with you.”

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
”What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
”If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together,” say Pooh, says he.
”That’s how it is,” says Pooh.

 

The House at Pooh Corner – A. A. Milne
“Pooh” whispered Piglet. 
“Yes, Piglet” replied Pooh.
 “Nothing,” answered Piglet,
 “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
 “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” 
“It’s so much more friendly with two.”
 “Pooh, promise me you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I am a hundred.” 
Pooh thought for a little.
 “How old shall I be then?”
 “Ninety-nine.”
 Pooh nodded. “I promise,” he said. “Some people care too much, I think it’s called love.”

 

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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

 

In the flavor of Dr. Seuss

In our wandering about the internet we found this delightful piece. May it bring a smile to your face.

“On Your Wedding Day” (Author Unknown)

Today is the day you will always remember
.The greatest in anyone’s life
.You’ll start off the day just two people in love
.And end it as husband and wife.
It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
.With moments to cherish and treasure.
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree.
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
.When the secrets of marriage were spoken
.But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
.Where the bond of true love lies unbroken.
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
.It’s the dawn of a new life for you
.As you stand there together with love in your eyes
.From the moment you whisper “I do”.
And with luck, all your hopes and your dreams can be real
.May success find its way to your hearts
.Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
.But today is the day it all starts.

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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

Reading from The Great Gatsby

The weather last Friday was flawless as we gather at the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI not far from the site where the Robert Redford version of the Great Gatsby movie was filmed in the 1970’s. Maria and Chris danced down the aisle to their wedding ceremony. They stood in the center of the circle of their. This was the reading from the Great Gatsby they shared with their community of close family and friends.

“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.” (Fitzgerald 117- Chapter 6)

There was not a dry eye in the community of guests gathered to share in their love.We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

 

from Something Great by M.Clark

During a very tender and intimate family wedding ceremony, in a town park in Charlestown, RI, Ron and Kim shared their wedding vows. What follows is the reading they used during their ceremony. They modified the piece from a paragraph in the book Something Great by M.Clark. Kim took poetic license to make the words more personal for the two of them.  Kim and Ron used these words as a reading in their ceremony. We think the essay  could also easily be the foundation for marriage vows.

“You are the one who lifts me up and never lets my feet touch the ground.
The one who loves me so much and puts me above everything else.
The one who will love me on the sunny days, but will love me most through the heavy, thunderous storms.
Who shelters me, romances me, loves me until you have given me your all.
In return, I promise to love you hard and give back to you all you have given me.”

 

We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful to you on your journey.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
Please like us, share and visit our other sites to help prepare for your big day.

 

Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

 

Poem: The Peace of Wild Things Wendell Berry

On Thursday nights from March to December, Providence Rhode Island celebrates Gallery Night. Gallery Night is when local art galleries and museums are open free to the public.

One of the galleries featured recently was the alternative gallery space of AS220. www.as220.org , an artistic collaborative.

Steve Martin, a photographer, was one of the featured artists at the gallery.He began his artist statement with the poem: The Peace of Wild Things, by Wendell Berry. I am touched by the poem’s simple and gentle images of nature and the invitation to a quiet place to reflect and be.

The Peace of Wild Things.Wendell Berry

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful to you on your journey.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte 

Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Ritual Makers, Consultants
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Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.