Time for a short and sweet ceremony reading…

Or simply a bunch of lovely, romantic and inspiring words!

It's refreshing not to talk weddings for a little while but to think about marriage, companionship and love.

via Marley And Me

I want to be just as in love as this couple are in 40 years time…

Last time I brought you one of the most popular ceremony readings of all time, the Blessing Of The Hands.

This time, it's an extract from Pablo Neruda‘s Sonnet XVII:

Such a beautiful sentiment, don't you think?

Okay so maybe it's a tad short for a ceremony reading ~ but it would be great for nervous speakers!

Or it could be incorporated into personalised vows.

Here is the full sonnet:

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Have a lovely evening and, if you can, give your loved one a big squeeze.