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If life has meaning to us at all, it possesses it because of love. It is that which enshrines and ennnobles our human experience.

It is the basis for the peace of family and the peace of the peoples of the earth. the greatest gift bestowed upon humans is the gift not of demanding, but of giving love between two persons.

By Martin Weitz

Thoughts In a Garden

This is a special place, a place where people have brought beautiful living plants, here to establish them, to nurture and care for them, that they may forever surround us with the beauty we now see.

And into this place where we stand, you have brought something beautiful -- 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.

There will be growth like spring and loss like fall; there will be giving as the blossoming flower, and rest as the seed beneath the snow. 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 a full harvest of joy and happiness.

By R. Gerhardt (for a garden wedding)

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Love is not some accident we fall into. Falling in love should be suspect.

But if we GROW in love, then there is the possibility that our tomorrows will be even more joyous, more tender, and caressing, more devoted to life flowing through us: tomorrows more full of the thrill of life even as each day is better than yesterday.

Love has the capacity for that magic. Perhaps only love has such capacity.

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What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together- to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to ech other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent, unsporken memories?

George Eliot

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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.

Gilda Radner, Actress and Comedienne

From How to Save Your Own Life

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

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Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things.

Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.

Thomas à Kempis, German monk and mystic

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Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels.

I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back.

Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.

William Parrish (from the movie, "Meet Joe Black")

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We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens.

It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. But that doesn’t diminish its value. Because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives.

It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt, it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel.

True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life - it is the foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic.

True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential.

{Bride's Name} and {Groom's Name} came together as friends. Today, they pledge to each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship.
Judy Bielicki, Melbourne, Australia

from “The Mirror Has Two Faces”

Sooner or Later

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance in the movies.

We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams.

Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.

Anon

What is Love?

Love is just not looking at each other and saying "You're wonderful".

There are times when we are anything but wonderful.

Love is looking out in the same direction. It is linking our strength to pull a common load. It is

pushing together towards the far horizons, hand in hand.

Love is knowing that when our strength falters, we can borrow the strength of someone who cares.

Love is a strange awareness that our sorrows will be shared and made lighter by sharing; that joys will be enriched and multiplied by the joy of another.

Love is knowing someone else cares that we are not alone in life.

Walter Rinder

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Can anyone do a Reading at my Ceremony?

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Yes. You may select family or friends to perform a reading at your ceremony, and they can ready (basically) anything. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 1800 229 142

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Should my parents come to the rehearsal?

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it is important for them to be there (only) if they are involved in the ceremony, Traditionally the father of the bride has a role (walking the bride down the aisle), and sometimes the mother of the bride. The parents of the groom often have no role, unless they are partaking in a reading or ritual. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 1800 229 142

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Why are readings performed at a wedding ceremony?

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Readings are a way to invite others to partake in your ceremony. They are also a great way for others to express their feelings about the bride and groom, using a variety of texts. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 1800 229 142

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Can you recommend readings for my ceremony?

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Why are some wedding ceremonies longer than others?

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How long is a standard Ceremony?

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Could we have a marine style wedding theme at the Melbourne Aquarium?

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Yes, you could take some ides from movies such as 'Little Mermaid, 'Finding Nemo' and 'Sharks Tale' and prepare vows, rituals and readings that all have an underlying marine theme. The bridal party could also dress in marine colours, whilst the entire exchange of vows could be set against the aquarium's Fish Bowl. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 1800 229 142

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If I book my ceremony on Crown Land, can I prevent the general public from accessing it?

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