Monday, June 30, 2008

A Snippet of ceremony, 2 ...


"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."
Louis de Bernieres

(Image courtesy of the WPJA. Please do leave a comment if you know which photographer it is by. Thanks! )


  1. HP suggested this as one of the readings for our ceremony but Baddie said it was too cheesy :(

    I've tried explaining to him that it is a wedding, but what can you do?!

  2. Cheesy? Well I never! It's romantic, silly boy!

  3. Eeeeppp! we're posting the same things how spooky!! :) xz

  4. Beautiful reading!! I'd like to have it read at our wedding! It's very sweet and tender.

  5. Such a lovely and pragmatic quote. Is it from a novel of Bernieres or another source?

  6. Zoe, how peculiar!

    Riley, it's gorgeous isn't it?

    Julie, I think it's from Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

  7. I'm a hopeless romantic and this reading is soooo touching. The flood gates are open! have you ever read, The Art of Marriage? we had our officiant read it. It was perfect balance for what we wanted read...

  8. Now this left me breathless.

    I think I need a Kleenex. It is a precious quote. Must. Not. Forget.

  9. What a beautiful photograph.


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