Jul 30, 2011
by Robert Fulghum
"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife "
“Love Is Friendship Caught Fire”, by Laura Hendricks
"Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles 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."
We had 2 close friend reading before and during outr ceremony. these are what we chose (After reading ALOT of different things.....)
Reading before ceremony
To Love is Not to Possess
To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one's self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one's self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another--and to one's inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon's own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child's scars
Or an adult's deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are--and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.
Reading During ceremony
“Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal; a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.”
I got this amazing idea from the fabulous athena85 - http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/our-wedding-card-album
I started with our HUGE pile of cards
I decided to add a couple of personal touches to really make it our own. I used the “invitation” part of our wedding invite and covered the details with our monogram (also from the outside of invitation)
I also decided to incorporate the ribbon that around the box my engagement ring came in.
I’m really happy with the way it all came together and can’t wait to show it off when people come to visit.
and all tied up with a pretty pink bow (the same ribbon used on my bouquet, the girls wands and the chairs)
As a Montréal bride (actually a Canadian bride) I had a lot of trouble finding vendors that would ship toCanada. Didn’t have the same options for dress shopping and had a hard time finding reviews for a lot of things.
I am also having a difficult time reviewing things as most of my vendors are not listed. So I decided to add a few to my bio
My AMAZING venue was the Sheraton Montreal http://www.sheratonmontrealairport.com/ I have mentioned them a few times but cant leave them out. I had a PHENOMEAL experience with them from start to finish.
The staff were so helpful and the hotel is a hidden gem in the middle of the city. A gorgeous garden with pond and waterfalls and a stunning ceremony space with a flowered aisle. Heaven. The food was exquisite.
MY DRESS!!!! What a great experience I had. As I mentioned on previous pages I went in to simply try on a few dresses and get some ideas but what I got was amazing service and MY DRESS!!! The owner and workers became like family during my time there. Lots of selection, good prices, lots of experience and help. They gave me ideas and inspiration and helped me with so many different things. Alteration charges where cheap and done perfectly. I also got my MOH, BM , Junior BM and Flower girl dresses there since they were so good to me. I would recommend them to ANY Montréal bride. A small quaint family owned store that’s much more personal and friendly than the madness of the infamous Montrealbridal run St Hubert Street. http://www.mariagepc.com/english/home.html
I got my amazing shoes on Zappos but since my wedding zappos has also stopped shipping toCanada(boooo) but I still recommend them (even though im MAD at them) since I ♥♥♥ my fuschia beauties.
I got my artificial flowers (girls bouquets, flower girls wands and centerpiece flowers) from www.afloral.com amazing product. Fast shipping and very affordable. The website is extremely user friendly and the product descriptions are perfect
Invitation paper was from www.cardsandpockets.com They were fast with the samples and even faster with my order. Good prices (although shipping toCanada was quite expensive plus customs etc) but would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Etsy was invaluable to me www.etsy.com I got my fascinator, wedding tree and much more from the great sellers on this site. It’s a bit overwhelming and can sometimes cost a lot but definitely worth taking a bit of time to explore. You can see specific sellers on some of my other pages.
I will add some more in time but those were a few of the services that really helped me along ♥
Our beautiful champagne flutes brought over from Scotland.
Mine has a thistle and DH has a Canadian Maple leaf. I ♥ them.
Im SO happy that I made a table set up chart for the hall...the ideas they had did not work AT all. They actually kept my template and sue it for functions now lol
Finally figured out where everyone is goign to sit and where the tables will go. Very Happy!!!!