For Hazel and Robert, their wedding day at Edgecombe Brothers came around quickly. From our first meeting in March, Hazel and Robert were juggling “fifo” work and shift work. We had numerous meetings and managed to put together a beautiful wedding ceremony. The weather was kind to them, with rain and grey skies predicted we did have plan “b” in place.
On the day the sky was as blue as blue with the beautiful July sun shining and the temperature just right for the couple to exchange their personalised vows in front of the family and friends that meant the most to them! They poured their hopes, dreams and ambitions into each others glass during a Wine Ceremony. Hazel and Robert’s family and friends participation was important to them. Dad gave the bride away and friends read two readings that meant a great deal to them. One of them is the following;
“Thoughts in a Garden” by R. Gerhardt.
This is a special place where people have established beautiful vines; which have been nurtured and cared for, so that they may forever surround us with the beauty as well as producing the fruit we love to eat and drink!
And into this place where we stand, you have brought something beautiful â€” the relationship that is becoming your marriage. Here you are declaring it and pledging it, promising to establish and nurture it.
We are aware of the special beauty between the two of you, just as we are aware of the special beauty of this place. We are with you now in this appropriate place to celebrate your relationship as it is and as it is yet to be, and in doing so, we ask only that you remember how your life together will have the same seasons and needs as this garden.
Â There will be growth like spring and loss like autumn; there will be giving as the blossoming flower, and rest as the seed beneath the soil. All the seasons will be yours, but remember, too, that gardens are not just happenings: The more wonderful the garden, the more skilled the gardener.
So, you will have to care deeply for the life that is yours together, and nurture it. You will have to appreciate your differences and cultivate them. You will have to take care of yourself, if for no other reason than out of love for the other. And you will need the support of family and friends to reach full growth.
As you caringly chose this place to declare your marriage, so remember its lessons for your life together through the seasons that are yours to share. And may those seasons bring you and yours joy and happiness.