Five Wedding Readings for Adventurous Couples
As a wedding photographer, I know more than anyone that readings are a moving, sentimental part of any wedding ceremony. Heck, if yours is really good, you might even catch me tearing up behind the camera.
One of the loveliest ways to personalise your ceremony is to find readings that truly represent the essence of your relationship. Finding those readings though, is a whole other ball game! So, to help out a little I’ve picked out five truly unique reading readings to celebrate couples with adventurous, outdoorsy spirits, just perfect for those about to embark on that wonderful journey of marriage… ahhhh.
If you’re a mountain climbing, base-jumping, scuba diving couple…
From a real-life adventure: Bear Grylls
“Life tells us we have to be more sensible and you’ve got to do that, and we grow out of our kid selves and life is a journey about not growing out of it really. But the thing is, you don’t have to climb Everest. Adventures don’t have to be super extreme to get what the heart of adventure is about. To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere.”
If you’re having a church wedding…
Bible Passage: Isaiah 55: 9-13
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Passages from favourite books are always a lovely touch and the nature of fiction means that you can find quotes that celebrate your wanderlust in subtle, magical ways…
In Fiction: On the Road Jack Kerouac
“…the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!””
Dare to be different and embrace poetry that is subtle, humble and ethereal in tone and theme.
In Poetry: ‘The Road Not Taken’ Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Childhood is where we learn about love, playfulness and the joy of the unknown. From ‘Peter Pan’ to ‘Matilda’ children’s literature is full of beautiful quotes that can come from books that are very personal to you…
From Children’s Fiction: Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where —’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.