When we documented our time at Dunton, we were riding horses and sitting by the fire sipping wine. But, there was so much more to the weekend. So much love and laughter and joy among family and close friends.
All highlighted by the best moment of our lives.
The groom waited anxiously.
As Pachelbel Canon in D began playing softly, the bride made her first appearance,
Accompanied by the steadying hand of a proud father.
All smiles and no nerves.
It was incredibly important to us to include many of our close friends and family in our ceremony. To begin, Margaret’s brother read an old Irish blessing.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
And Neal’s mom shared an old Polish blessing.
Lord, we ask you to bless this family
with a warm place by the fire when the world is cold,
a light in the window when the way is dark,
a welcoming smile when the road is long,
a haven of love when the day is done.
For the blessing of this home we give thanks.
Friends shared their wise words and some of our favorite readings.
From one of the most beautifully romantic poems written
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in)]
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)
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’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
E. E. Cummings
To something more lighthearted on behalf of our four-legged companions.
What I Learned about Love, I Learned from my Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride together. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When you want treats, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps together and stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout – run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk together.
Love each other unconditionally.
All done in the hope of sharing a little of our love with those we love most.
We shared our vows, which stay with us and the people we chose to hear them.
And exchanged rings “as a daily reminder of my love for you.”
Before sealing it all with a kiss.
And making our first showing as husband and wife.
One final fatherly hug,
And we were off into the sunset (to celebrate).
But more on that later…
*All photos courtesy Amelia Ann Photography