What kind of person are you? You have a unique opportunity to express the essence of who you are at your Bay Area wedding ceremony during the vows. These few minutes define the rest of your life. Consider them carefully. For inspiration, let’s soak in some beautiful expressions of the language of love found in literature.
William Shakespeare expresses the depth of love succinctly in this passage from “Romeo & Juliet:”
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
The Velveteen Rabbit
Do you remember that great book from your childhood, “The Velveteen Rabbit?” The author, Margery Williams, eloquently expresses the timelessness of true love:
“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Idea from a Saint
Most couples reading this blogpost have a religious element in their wedding ceremony. The 14th century mystic, St. Catherine of Siena, offers this thought-provoker:
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Here’s a passionate passage from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho:
“When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, 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 creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Ultimately, your wedding vows express your lifetime commitment to your betrothed. How in the world can you express something so profound in such a short period of time? The language of love doesn’t need a lot of words, but it certainly needs the words that are right.
Tap into the ideas of history’s best writers for inspiration as you write the words that change everything in your life.
Watch the video above as the couple makes their vows [at the 1:13 and 2:44 mark] in their own, unique voice. Lovely!
When the emotion of your ceremony begins to subside, you’ll be ready to party! That’s where Denon & Doyle comes in. We offer customized entertainment for your wedding reception.