“Love” by William Shakespeare
Love is friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
It settles for less than perfection,
and makes allowances for human weakness.
Love is content with the present.
It hopes for the future and does not brood over the past.
It is the day in and day out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals.
If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you do not have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough,
so search for it, ask God for it, and share it.
At least from what we have heard and from some research, this is from The Bard.
Some others have noted it as anonymous.
Regardless, we love this poem. Wonderful for any relationship, but especially for one that is mature.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
The name of our blog “Only The Ceremony” states our focus. We will discuss a wide spectrum of topics that involve only the (wedding) ceremony. Our blog will focus on the many aspects of what is involved in creating a unique and personal wedding ceremony. We will explore ideas, rituals, prayers, readings, words, actions, colors, and flowers. We will discuss the various roles of many the people who will help you create your wedding ceremony to make it truly yours. All of the ideas we are sharing can add to how you are able to create a more uniqueness and personal ceremony, all the while celebrating the tremendous love and joy you are sharing with each other, with your families and friends and with the world.
In our blog, we will be sharing with you our thoughts, feelings and experiences from what we have culled from the 1700 or so wedding we have celebrated. To date we have already identified over 180 topics to share, and with your input, that number will expand. We will be writing about planning and detailing, the wedding rehearsal, the actual celebration of the ceremony, to the final steps of the recessional that will take you down the aisle into your new life as a married coupled, plus a while lot more! We want you to have the best experience of your celebration, of your wedding, and of your love.
Charlie and Cheryl
Why have a wedding ceremony? Great question. Why?
Humans have been creating rituals and rites celebrating major life events since the beginning of time: birth, coupling, death, sickness. These certainly are the big events of a family, a tribe or a community; major miles stones in a family’s life.
Your wedding is one of those tremendous milestones not only in your life, but in the life of both your families and the life of your communities. The love you share and which brings the two of you together, has not only transformed your lives, but has also changed the lives and histories of your families and of your communities. We do not live in a vacuum!
And so why have a wedding ceremony? Because all humans, have this inherent need to celebrate the many aspects of life: love, joy, gifted-ness, gratitude, memory, health and especially the uniqueness of your relationship. Does the size of the ceremony matter? No. Does who attends matters? Maybe. Does your love need a ritual to set the two of you apart for each other for life? Most certainly!