Palmetto Dunes Beach Wedding…

Photo taken shortly after their beautiful beach wedding.

On the early evening of October 15, 2011 I was privileged to be a part of the wedding of Teresa Smith and Todd Mell.  We had worked together for several months to craft the “perfect” ceremony for them.  The warmth of the family and friends that gathered was readily apparent to everyone.  The bride’s friend, Megan, sang beautifully during the ceremony; the song she sang was  The Way I Am  by  Ingrid Michaelson.  In addition, Teresa and Todd chose a reading from  Blessing for a Marriage, by James Dillet Freeman.  This reading was done by the bride’s sister, and I’m glad that the couple chose it because its message is poignant and profound.

Before I share that reading with everyone, I want to thank Teresa and Todd for graciously allowing me to be a part of their special day.  May God bless you now and always.  This blessing is for you and for all the couples I’m fortunate enough to marry.

Blessing for a Marriage, by James Dillet Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite
excitement marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience,
tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another –
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!”
and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have
good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is
the awareness of one another’s
presence – no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are
side by side, and warm and near when
you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.


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