Hello dear readers, Claire (BM ed) here, I hope you guys are having an awesome weekend so far?

So as you may know, we like to share some unique/poignant/beautiful ceremony readings from time to time to inspire you guys for your own all important nuptials, and today I’m sharing one that’s especially close to my heart.

It’s an adapted excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières.

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My sister and brother-in-law featured this one in their wedding ceremony last year (Happy Anniversary to them this month BTW!), and (while I’m a crier at the best of times) this was the moment that really got everybody choked up.

By the time their friend Becky had finished reading, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a book (or the film, if you’re not a big reader) with a beautiful love story set on a Greek island during World War II. But these gorgeous words aren’t whispered between our leading love interests, it’s the wise words of a father telling his daughter about what true love is all about…

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An Excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Love is a temporary madness.

It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

And when it subsides, you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together

that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness,

It is not excitement,

It is not the promulgation of eternal passion.

That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,

And this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,

And when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,

They find that they are one tree and not two.

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Isn’t it beautiful? I think I’m welling up again!

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