From Corelli’s Mandolin

The following paragraph, from Corelli’s Mandolin, is extremely popular as a reading during many of our wedding ceremonies.

Corelli’s Mandolin, is a novel written in  1994,by the British writer Louis de Bernieres. The novel is set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German occupation of World War II. The author, writes in the words Captain Corelli, the main character,  the following beautiful essay about love.  We love the reading and feel the reading provides us with a wonderful image of love, growth, journey, being in love and relationship. May everyone know this experience of love at least once in their lives.

“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part, because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. 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 blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two. ”


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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Why no images in this blog? We feel the words you share with each other during your wedding ceremony are some of the most important words you will ever share with each other.

One thought on “From Corelli’s Mandolin

  1. I read this over a couple of times now and find this to be just so utterly beautiful a concept….thanks for sharing this……xoxoxo


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