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Wedding Reading #36: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

“When a Man and a Woman Are in Love” by Stephen T. Fader

His life lies within hers and her life lies within his. Each lives as an individual, yet they also live for one another. Each strives for independent goals, but they also work together to achieve their dreams. They will give to one another what they need to survive and help fulfill each other’s wants. They will turn one another’s disappointment into satisfaction. They will turn one another’s frustration into contentment. They will work as a mirror, reflecting to each other their strengths and weaknesses. They will work together to alleviate the emotional walls that may separate them. They will work together to build a better understanding of one another. They will learn to lean on each other, but not so much as to be a burden on the other. They will learn to reach out to one another, but not so much as to suffocate the other. They will learn when it is time to speak and when it is time to listen. They will be there to comfort each other in times of sorrow. They will be there to celebrate together in times of happiness. They will be one another’s friend, guiding each other to the happiness that life holds. They will be one another’s companion, facing together the challenges that life may present. When a man and a woman are in love, his life lies within hers and her life lies within his. Together they will love one another for the rest of their lives and forever.

 

Wedding Reading #37: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Love is a desire of the whole being to be united to something, or some being, felt necessary to its completeness by the most perfect means that nature permits, and reason dictates…. Love is not, like hunger, a mere selfish appetite: it is an associative quality. The hungry savage is nothing but an animal, thinking only of the satisfaction of his stomach: what is the first effect of love, but to associate the feeling with every object in nature? The trees whisper, the roses exhale their perfumes, the nightingale sing, nay the very skies smile in unison with the feeling of true and perfect love. It gives every object in nature a power of the heart, without which it would indeed be spiritless.

 

Wedding Reading #38: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Confucius

Life leads the thoughtful man on a path of many windings. Now the course is checked, now it runs straight again. Here winged thoughts may pour freely forth in words. There the heavy burden of knowledge must be shut away in silence. But when two people are at one in their innermost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze. And when two people understand each other in their innermost hearts, their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.

 

Wedding Reading #39: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Eric Fromm

Love is not simply a relationship to a specific person; It is an attitude; an orientation of character, which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one “object” of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of his fellow person, this love is not love but a selfish attachment, or an enlarged egotism. If you truly love one person, you love all persons, you love the world, you love life. If you can say to somebody else, “I love you” you must be able to say, “I love through you the world, I love in you also myself.

 

Wedding Reading #40: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Victor Hugo

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

 

Wedding Reading #41: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Khalil Gibran

True love gives nothing but itself, and takes nothing but from itself, for love is sufficient unto love. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself, to awake at dawn and give thanks for another day of loving, to rest at noon and meditate love’s ecstasy, to return home at eventide with gratitude, and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart, and a song of praise upon your lips.

 

Wedding Reading #42: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Richard Needham

You don’t marry one person; you marry three:the person you think they are,the person they are, andthe person they are going to becomeas a result of being married to you.

 

Wedding Reading #43: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Carl Sandburg

I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little. A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall. The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desires are working for larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and therefore I love you.

 

Wedding Reading #44: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Unknown Author

You share today the joy of a deep commitment and a sacred trust, and you have given each other the most precious gift of love, treasure it, nurture it and encourage it. With all the honesty you used in creating it, you are sharing something rare and beautiful. Always speak the truth and listen attentively so that you may understand each other’s thoughts and intentions. Inspire each other by sharing your accomplishments. Say I love you often to retain the warmth between you. Laugh a lot too, even when you are angry. Remember you are each other’s best friend. Stand together and for each other always. May each day be a blessing and the fulfillment of your dreams.

 

Wedding Reading #45: Contemporary Wedding Readings / Romantic Weddings Readings

Selection by Unknown Author

Love me because I try to touch life within the framework of uncertainty. Love in me the shadows of my indecision as I strive to gain knowledge. Love in me the silence of my hurts and the noise of my confusions. Love me for the feeling of my heart not the fears of my mind. Love me in my search for the truth though I may stumble upon fallacy. Love me as I pursue my dreams sometimes retarded by illusions. Love me as I grow to know myself even during the times of stagnation. Love me because I seek God’s harmony not man’s discord. Love me for my body that I wish to share with affection, wrapping you in warmth. Love me because we are different as we are the same. Love me that our time together will be spent in growing, kindling the world with understanding. Love me not with expectations but with hope. I will love you the same.

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