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What Valentine’s Day Means To Me – Amy Chan Hair and Make-Up Artistry

by | Wisdom, Wise Words

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Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry
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“Valentine’s Day is an excuse to celebrate how much you love each other and going that extra mile to surprise your better half with something that’s from the heart. It’s not about how expensive or extravagant the dinner/present is, it’s purely a celebration of love, each other’s existence and how two strangers can meet and fall in love at the same time.”

 

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A Few Favourite Heartfelt Readings

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom

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Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant
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Image by Anthea Auld Photographer via Johanna and James’ Tasmanian Winery Wedding

Many of my couples have a checklist when it comes to choosing readings for their marriage ceremony: they want something meaningful (but not necessarily formal or overly serious), something they haven’t heard before and some beautiful words they’ll remember always. Here are a few of my favourites…

SHORT & SWEET
Who says readings have to be long? A simple quote-style reading can be just as moving and meaningful. I have recently fallen in love with the brilliant, beautifully-written work of Melbourne-based Beau Taplin.

‘Growth’ – Beau Taplin
Somebody who betters you.

Somebody who inspires you and encourages you in love and life, who pushes you towards dreams and goals you’d otherwise ignore, who selflessly sacrifices their time to help you become a more courageous, well rounded and happy human being.

That’s sacred. You hold on to a love like that.”

Gorgeous-Restaurant-Wedding043-550x367Image by Alison Mayfield via Fiona & Anthony’s Gorgeous Restaurant Wedding

‘The One Thing I Know For Sure’ – Beau Taplin
The one thing I know for sure is that feelings are rarely mutual, so when they are, drop everything, forget belongings and expectations, forget the games, the two days between texts, the hard to gets, because this is it, this is what the entire world is after and you’ve stumbled upon it by chance, by accident – so take a deep breath, take a step forward, now run, collide like planets in the system of a dying sun, embrace each other with both arms and let all the rules, the opinions and common sense crash down around you.

Because this is love kid, and it’s all yours. Believe me, you’re in for one hell of a ride, after all – this is the one thing I know for sure.”

Greenery-Filled-Richmond-Wedding038-550x367Image by Daniel Brannan via Georgie & Tom’s Greenery Filled Richmond Wedding

SWEET & SERIOUS, MINUS THE CLICHÉS
I love these words by Bob Marley simply because they’re refreshingly real.

By Bob Marley
He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break.

Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyse. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”

Garden-Restaurant-Wedding054-550x367Image by Figtree Pictures via Whitney & Jed’s Garden Restaurant Wedding

SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY
If the push for equal marriage rights is important to you, consider this quote from a landmark case dealing with same-sex marriage in the United States.

From ‘Goodridge vs. Department of Health’ by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall
“Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family….

Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

Gay-Wedding-at-Cloudland5-550x366Image by Studio Impressions via Paul & Paul’s Stylish and Sincere Gay Wedding

A CHILDREN’S BOOK QUOTE
Some may argue this one is cheesy – not me! I would argue it’s very sweet.

From “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
Then he looked beyond the thorn bushes, out into the big dark night. Nothing could be further than the sky.

“I love you right up to the moon,” he said, and closed his eyes.

“Oh, that’s far,” said Big Nutbrown Hare. “That is very far.”

Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, “I love you right up to the moon — and back.”

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Image by Anthea and Lyndon via Sophie and Luke’s Relaxed South Coast Wedding

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a wonderful selection of favourites; Bob Marley’s words top my list!

About Melissa Cornwall Marriage Celebrant: I love weddings and I love what I do. As a celebrant, my job is getting to know couples and crafting memorable marriage ceremonies – and that’s always such a pleasure and privilege.

What Valentine’s Day Means To Me – Carmen Rocha Design and Paperie

by | Wisdom, Wise Words

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Carmen Rocha Design and Paperie
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I believe it’s a love acknowledgement day. It says to us “hey, tell someone you love or care for them”, especially if you don’t do it much or often. It is a reminder to focus on what we have, as opposed to what’s missing. Love is freedom and it is liberating. You don’t have do much and it doesn’t hurt!”

 

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