We are Still Here, a poem

Our blog, Only The Ceremony, has been, up to now, focused on the content of wedding ceremonies, mostly readings and poems. However, with this entry, we plan to introduce poems and prayers we have found helpful for families experiencing the loss of a loved one.

This first poem is dedicated to Rose and Michael who were married 61 years. Rose died Saturday; Michael, died Thursday, more than likely of a broken heart. Both in their 80’s, both with poor health, both deeply connected. The following poem is modified from singular to plural as if Rose and Michael were speaking to their adult children and grand children. We became aware of this poem by Shane’s family; a young man who tragically died the same weekend of an overdose. We remember in a special way the three of them and their families.

We are Still Here
(A modification of: I’m Still Here, Author: Unknown)
Children, please don’t mourn for us
We are still here, though you do not see us.
We are right by your side each night and day
and within your heart we long to stay.

 

Our bodies are gone but we are always near.
We are everything you feel, see or hear.
Our spirits are free, but we will never depart
as long as you keep us alive in your heart.

 

We will never wander out of your sight-
We are the brightest stars on a summer night.
We are never be beyond your reach-
We are the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

 

We are the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
We are the beautiful flowers, of which you are so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

 

We are the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
We are the first rays of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you will see our face in the moon lights glow.

 

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to us through the Lord above you.
We will whisper our answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you will feel our presence in the soft summer breeze.

 

We are the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
We are the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for us, we are everyplace!

 

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.

A Unique Workshop

For those of you who live close to Rhode Island, we are offering a unique workshop to help you:

Create Your Own Wedding Ceremony

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2-5PM

The Reynolds School, Room 207, 235 High Street, Bristol, Rhode Island

Who knows more about your love than you? Now you and your betrothed can create a ceremony that perfectly expresses that love–complete with greetings, vows, declarations of intent, prayers and blessings.

Course includes 145-page manual with hundreds of time-honored passages that can be combined into the perfect expression of your feelings & thoughts. Instruction is non-denominational and includes follow-up support.

Lead by Cheryl & Charlie Cavalconte, wedding officiants and ritual designers, who have helped thousands of couples of all faiths plan their special ceremony.

Please, advance registration required; workshop limited to eight participants for personalized attention.

$125/Couple $85/Individual

To reserve your place for November 13th 

(Future Workshops:12/11.1/8.2/5.3/5,4/2 each 2-5pm)

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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.

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.

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.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful.

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.
Www.createyourownweddingceremony.com
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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.”

 

We hope you have enjoyed your visit.

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.
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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.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit.

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.
Www.createyourownweddingceremony.com
Www.weddingministersri.com

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
Please like us, share and visit our other sites to help prepare for your big day.
Www.createyourownweddingceremony.com
Www.weddingministersri.com

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.