The true reason for a wedding is never lost on us. The union of two souls is why this whole day is happening in the first place. The dress, the cake, the flowers, the place cards… are all secondary to the marriage itself. A wedding is not a marriage. A marriage is why a weddings take place. While we photograph ceremonies, we take care to be present while we shoot. To listen. To feel. To witness. We’re more than just vendors to our couples, and they are more than just clients to us. So we really pay attention to the beauty of their vow exchange and ceremony.
During ceremonies we have the opportunity to hear some incredibly beautiful readings. There are the common readings, the ones you expect to hear at weddings, and they are frequently spoken for good reason… their messages ring true and are usually the perfect words to speak during a wedding ceremony. Then there are the readings less common, not as typical. One of our absolute favorites is a poem by E.E. Cummings. We thought we’d share it with you today.
Brides search the web all the time looking for wedding day inspiration. Colors, flowers, Pinterest worthy DIY projects, photo ideas, etc. So often the real reason for the wedding day is bypassed until the last minute. So maybe this will help give a little ceremony inspiration to the Brides out there planning their big day. This poem is a beautiful one to read during your ceremony, and is especially wonderful for non-denominational ceremonies or ceremonies that do not include religion.
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that keeps the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)
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