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Ceremony Readings and Music

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sam was in charge of selecting the music for our wedding. My big request was that I wanted the music to be live. I've been to many weddings with recorded music, and at most of those weddings there seemed to be some mishap with the recording. I originally wanted a string quartet, until I found out how much they cost! We ended up going with a classical guitarist, who played for 30 minutes before the ceremony, during the ceremony, and then as the guests were exiting.
Here are the songs that we selected (click on the songs to listen to the YouTube video):
Seating of the mothers and bridesmaid entrance: Such Great Heights, originally recorded by Iron and Wine
Interlude (played during the reading that our mom's did): Three Rounds and a Sound, recorded by Blind Pilot
We had two readings during the ceremony. First, my aunt (pictured above) read Paul Newman's letter to his wife. 
“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”
Our mom's read the poem, The Blessing of the Hands:
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
All photos in this post were taken by White Rabbit Studios in Mooresville.

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7 Responses to “Ceremony Readings and Music”

  1. You beat me to my comment! I was going to say the same thing - that we both had These are the Hands poem at our wedding ceremonies. Because I love wedding videos, I found one that went viral on Pinterest probably 3 years ago. The pastor did the reading and I just loved it. I couldn't imagine not having it in our wedding.

    But then we had the hard time of figuring out who would do the reading, and somehow we picked our Grandmothers. And it was so special. I know they loved being involved and I loved having them involved. It was a beautiful moment!

  2. I love that poem and that excerpt! How perfect!!

  3. I love the idea for the classical guitarist; not the typical string musician, but I'd bet it was absolutely lovely music for the ceremony!

  4. Thanks Mary! I loved our readings!

  5. Haha! I love watching stranger's wedding videos! Whenever I tell people this, I get strange looks!
    I'm sure your grandmothers were honored to be part of the ceremony!

  6. I just noticed that you're looking at me and Sam is looking at Emily.


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