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?
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