BLESSING FOR A MARRIAGE, by James Dillet Freeman is one of the readings Katie and Andrew selected for their wedding in late September.

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

Why no images, because it is the words you speak to each other’s hearts that are the most important part of your day.

The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

We have been collecting content and readings for wedding ceremonies for a longtime from thousands of sources, namely, the couples whom we have married. This portion from The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman is a beautiful, and intimate, piece portraying a tremendously tender, sweet and innocence transparency of love.

“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one will ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”


By the way, while we have been sharing wedding readings couples have shared with us, we also will be sharing shortly thoughts and content for your wedding ceremony. If you like, please ask us about ideas regarding wedding ceremonies or other celebrations that need design. All the best,
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

Another love reading from Bob Marley

Here is another of Bob Marley’s beautiful reflections:

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

When the lyrics from the song “I’m Gonna Be ( 500 Miles) was read during the celebration of Melissa and Steve’s wedding, the community gathered with them went wild. They edited the song for it to be one of their readings. When asked why this song they said “it was them”

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
By: Craig Morris Reid and Charles Stobo Reid
The Proclaimers

When I wake up, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you
When I go out, yeah, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
If I get drunk, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I haver, hey, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you

When I’m working, yes, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s working hard for you
And when the money comes in for the work I do
I’ll pass almost every penny on to you
When I come home, oh, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if I grow old, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you

When I’m lonely, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you
And when I’m dreaming, well, I know I’m gonna dream
I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you
When I go out, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
And when I come home, yes, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I’m gonna be the man who’s coming home with you

But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley

Used by a couple who had been together for many year and finally decided to get married, Bob Marley’s reflection, He’s Not Perfect, spoke to the core of who they are in relationship.

He’s Not Perfect, by Bob Marley

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

The Key to Love

The Key to Love
Reported to be from an anonymous source,
1st Century BC, China

The key to love is understanding …
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word, but those unspoken gestures,
 the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes, without forgetting, but with remembering 
what you learn from them.

The key to love is sharing …
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together; both conquering problems, forever searching for ways 
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving …
without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile,
 and by giving in but never giving up.

The key to love is respect …
realizing that you are two separate people,
 with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
 that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all …
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
 that will take you to its threshold; 
it is the continual learning process
 that demands a lot of work …
but the rewards are more than worth the effort …

and that is the key to love.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte