A Vow

Happy joyful moments for dear friends…

One of my very oldest and dearest friends got married at the weekend. And what a day it was.

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I haven’t been to a wedding in ages – it’s all christenings and toddler parties these days – but it was such a happy, warm, beautiful day, filled with love. We were in north Yorkshire, at a beautiful old country house, looking down on the ruins of an ancient abbey.

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Despite some September drizzle, Saturday dawned bright and sunny and the bluest of skies greeted the bride to be when she woke. Perfect.

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I was touched to be asked to do a reading at the service and even more touched when the couple suggested we pick our own reading. After much searching and reading and thinking, I set aside a few that I thought were special, and together we agreed on the below, by Wendy Cope. It’s not especially sentimental. it doesn’t have long words, or profound statements, but, I think , it is one of the most heartfelt things about marriage I’ve ever read.

A Vow

I cannot promise never to be angry;
I cannot promise always to be kind.
You know what you are taking on, my darling –
It’s only at the start that love is blind.

And yet I’m still the one you want to be with
And you’re the one for me – of that I’m sure. 
You are my closest friend, my favourite person,
The lover and the home I’ve waited for.

I cannot promise that I will deserve you
From this day on. I hope to pass that test.
I love you, and I want to make you happy.
I promise I will do my very best.

Much love to Lisa and her new husband James, may all your days be filled with love, and joy, and sunshine…

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Pictures courtesy of numerous lovely wedding guests…

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