Firstly, HUGE congratulations to my big brother and his beautiful new wife Hannah on starting their married life together.
I was very touched to be asked to do a reading at the ceremony and decided to try and write something so it was slightly more personal… in the end it was very last minute so I wasn’t happy enough to read it in front of people but I don’t mind sharing it here:
Sparks flew and they knew,
They were young but they knew,
Distance grew and shrank; they knew,
Everyday is different but the love never changes.
Love can truly blossom on a boat. The absurdness of a stagnant daily routine of being launched onto the sea under a golden, ever-magical sunrise is the perfect setting for young love to reveal itself.
Only a move to the big city can rival that vibrancy that comes with riding the waves every day. Being two people in such a vast and unforgiving place could be hard as the world keeps rushing by but these two stand together hand in hand like two otters clinging together to avoid drifting apart, falling further and further under a bewitching spell of passion and allegiance.
London can be all-consuming, hungry to feed on its young prey. But a precious love developed in such a place of natural beauty has a special ease for prevailing. Like a pair of wise owls, life and love conspire and plan against a volatile and overwhelming outside world.
This love is tender, stable and enamouring.
Everlasting, affectionate, teasing, forever.
This is the reading I actually read, which is a speech by Bob Marley. I just about managed to read it through a surprising bate of tears (after a slow start and the emergency lending of a hanky from my dad!)
Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you.
You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.
Finally, I also played Debussy’s Clair De Lune to be played as the ushers, bridesmaids and bride walked down the aisle and Mark recorded and mixed it. I was pretty pleased with how that went and you can listen here!