readings from our wedding

29 Aug

everyone! christopher and i have been married for two whole months as of yesterday!!

it feels like we’ve only just begun our marriage again because pretty much immediately after we returned from our honeymoon, chris started studying for his step 1 exam (if you aren’t familiar, it’s this giant medical licensing exam which med school students take in their third year which basically determines where/what their residency is… so very important haha). so, since he couldn’t go out/do anything besides study, i’ve been in for the past months in solidarity as well. but last night we had a big, special dinner in nashville at merchant’s, then went to hang with our vanderbilt friends, and then today chris and i took a quick road trip to chattanooga and the aquarium!!

anyway, i wanted to share another little part of our wedding! specifically, the ceremony.

christopher and i both wanted to do something different. although the tradition of a wedding ceremony is comforting and right for some people, it isn’t for us. our officiant, ralph, had me pretty much write our own ceremony – which was amazing. i got to go through and take any unnecessarily patriarchal things out and make them equal, and also (with christopher, of course) pick our readings!

for my birthday, my mommy gave me a box of 365 quotes, and one of the days i pulled out this gem:

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i immediately set this aside. first of all, i studied farsi in college, so i have a mega love affair with all of hafiz’ work and poems. second of all, i thought at that moment this was the perfect way to set the tone for a relationship. christopher and i made it abundantly clear to each other three years ago, that a relationship isn’t based on favors and cashed favors and trying to keep “effort put forth” equal. it should be natural, and loving each other as much as you can every single day. (and yes, the card is still on our refrigerator lol) so when i saw this quote, i knew i wanted to start off our ceremony with it to set the mood, one of selflessness!

for our readings, we wants one/some that were unique and not overdone/basic. so for us, two admittedly un-religious people, that threw out the whole bible. after some thinking, we settled on two readings, so that each of our brothers could be involved in the ceremony more than just standing there.

we had nick read from the alchemist and zach read from les miserables. it was absolutely perfect. we had them read from our hard cover editions of each of the books and it was lovely. here are a few quotes from each of the readings:

from the alchemist:

And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love and makes a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning”

and from les miserables:

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.”

i think one of my favorite parts of our wedding was the number of people who approached us complimenting our choice of readings. they were unique, and probably had not been heard by anyone in the audience at a wedding before. these readings spoke to christopher and i and kept the ceremony true to who we really are.

i loved it! also, ariel (our photographer) sent our zip drive of photos yesterday, so we should be getting to see our wedding photos very soon!! we cannot wait!

i hope everyone is having a splendid evening,
xoxo,
annie

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One Response to “readings from our wedding”

  1. Kimberly Cale August 30, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    Two months! <3 Love the background inspiration for the readings! We had such a wonderful day at the wedding, it was the best day ever! And can't wait to see the photos!

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