Last November I had the very lucky privilege of ministering the wedding of Wendy and Kyle at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Durham. As you can see from the photo above - taken by Maria and Taylor of Zozo Photography - it was a beautiful, sunny, autumn day - perfect for a wedding filled with happiness. Even their adorable new puppy was part of the wedding ceremony, complete with a flower garland and happy energy to match the festivities.
A few months later, Wendy contacted me for the text of their vows. She told me she had something special in mind for them, but that was all she said.
Today I got an email from Wendy with photos of what she had done with their vows. Written in calligraphy and framed in brush gold frames, they now hang side by side on a wall in their new home. What a lovely keepsake from their wedding and what a special way to remind themselves of the deep and abiding love they share.
The vows had been hand done for them by a woman on Etsy - Sarah Disney - who specializes in handmade wedding and home decor and Wendy kindly gave me the link to her Etsy site so I could mention it here. Everything on that website is lovely so if you are looking for something vintage, handmade or just plain unique, you might want to head over to her Etsy page and have a look around; SarahDisneyDesigns.
Along with the special vows they chose for their ceremony, Wendy and Kyle also included one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching. It tells you a lot about how they see their love.
It is good to know your strength
But always return to your flexibility.
If you can cradle your beloved in your arms
In nurturing gentleness,
Love will flow through you.
It is good to achieve things
But always return to anonymity.
Your beloved does not need your achievements
But needs your uncomplicated soul.
It is good to work for change,
But always return to what is.
If you accept all things whether painful or joyful,
You will always know
That you belong to each other.
Happy first anniversary, Wendy and Kyle. May every new year bring you special gifts from love.
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