This past Saturday, April 8, was my birthday, and it really was a gift to be able to witness Aleks and Sam’s wedding at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond. The love between this pair just radiated from their smiling faces. Against a background of tearful sniffles from the guests, Paul, the guitarist, and I played Pachelbel for Aleks’ entrance, and the lovely Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, for the ring ceremony. After a sweet kiss, Aleks and Sam walked down the aisle as husband and wife to Handel’s Water Music.
One of my favorite parts of their wedding ceremony was the reading from Khalil Gibran:
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together, and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping, for only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grown not in each other’s shadow. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of heaven dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love.”
Weddings are intimate, a time to share your deeply personal commitment to your partner with those closest to you. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of such a milestone moment through music, which I can imagine as as its own “moving sea between the shores of your souls.” Thank you, Aleks and Sam, for letting me be a part of your special day.