From Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vol 1

Yesterday, in near hurricane conditions, Matt and Kate stood in the midst of an autumn garden and celebrated their love and exchanged their vows.

On October 4, 1840, 175 years ago today, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote Sophia Peabody, his betrothed a letter. A  portion of that letter was used by Matt and Kate as the first reading of their ceremony.

Kate and Matt called this reading, for them, Epigraph. An Epigraph is: 1) an inscription on a building, statue or coin. 2) A short quote or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme. And, what a wonderfully worded theme it is.

From Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vol 1

4 October 1840

I used to think that I could imagine all passions, all feelings, all states of the heart and mind; but how little did I know what it is to be mingled with another’s being! Thou only hast taught me that I have a heart– thou only hast thrown a light deep downward, and upward, into my soul. Thou only hast revealed me to myself; for without thy aid, my best knowledge of myself would have been merely to know my own shadow– to watch it flickering on the wall, and mistake its fantasies for my own real actions.
Indeed, we are but shadows– we are not endowed with real life, and all that seems most real about us is but the thinnest substance of a dream– till the heart is touched. That touch creates us– then we begin to be– thereby we are beings of reality, and inheritors of eternity. Now, dearest, dost thou comprehend what thou hast done for me? And is it not a somewhat fearful thought, that a few slight circumstances might have prevented us from meeting?


Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Why no images in this blog? We feel it is the words you share with each other during your wedding ceremony that are the most important part of your day.

Winter Wedding Weather Warning

We were planning to write about this topic later, however, with this a holiday weekend celebrating both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day and heavy snow forecast for most of  the East Coast, we thought this would be a great time to write about this very unique winter wedding topic.

We promise you, you will never see images of what we are about to describe  in a bridal magazine. Your wedding photographer will never show you pictures of this happening. More than likely, only a few people, have seen this however, we are sure they would never forget the experience.

We are speaking about what happens when a full-length bridal gown, not protected from the snow and wet, is accidentally dragged in the slush. It is not pretty, wet, cold, muddy, slushy: not pretty. We have seen it, not pretty.

The very simple, yet somewhat odd-looking remedy, that will save the winter storm bride lots of tears is for someone to have ready an extremely large plastic garbage bag, with two holes cut in the bottom. Just before the brides leave the house or hotel for the ceremony, she steps carefully into the bag while wearing the dress. With the help of her bridal attendances, they “stuff” bride and dress into the bag, protecting the dress and the bride from the mud and slush!

We will be the first to admit that this “bride in a bag” looks a little odd, however, it certainly beats having the bottom eight inches of the dress absorbed with mud and slush!

Once at the church, reception hall, or photo studio she step out of the bag and the dress is dry waiting a little fluffing!

The bride can even wear her favorite pair of wellies! Now that’s a picture!

Charlie and Cheryl