Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Luck of the Irish: A Blessing & Wedding Day Surprise

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Since Stephen and I share an Irish Catholic background, what better day to fill you in about how we’ll honor our heritage at the wedding?

First, just prior to the conclusion of the ceremony, Kellie, my sister and maid of honor, will read the following Irish Wedding Blessing. I love the sincerity and beauty of the language, and am thrilled to share it with guests during our celebration.

Irish Wedding Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips,
A twinkle from your eye.

And when eternity beckons,
At the end of a life heaped with love,
May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days.
May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of his hands.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts.

And the surprise? Well, that’s a wedding day secret for my bicoastal groom, but I’ll let you in on it right here! Isn’t it a fun touch? Now, to find a baker who can create a Guinness-themed groom’s cake!

How will you honor your heritage at the wedding? Any fun Saint Patrick’s Day plans?

(Graphic Credit: Google Images)


  1. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog through The Lovely Nester blog. Seems like we have a lot in common. I live in Connecticut (actually moved up here from the D.C. area in August) and am planning a wedding in Seattle. I come from a Communications background, majored in Journalism. Looking forward to exploring your blog!

  2. I love that wedding blessing! And a Guinness Groom's cake would be amazing. Stephen is going to love his surprise :)

  3. We had this reading at our wedding too! LOVE IT!!! And I love your little suprise!

  4. Lovely excerpt! We'll probably stop in a pub tonight - it is London after all!