I’m used to seeing a lot of happiness on a wedding day. Sometimes it’s mixed with anticipation, sometimes it’s a relieved happiness after the ceremony takes place and of course there’s the revelry of the reception. And once in a while, as with the wedding of Yasmin & Mike, the day is just filled with pure, blissful, unadulterated joy…
I will always love this Kahlil Gibran poem they incorporated into the ceremony:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
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 grow not in each other’s shadow.
The ceremony included a Persian Sofreh – a table full of symbolic items to bring prosperity, joy and “sweetness” to the couple…
Yasmin & Mike were driving cross-country just a few days after their wedding to start their married lives together on the West Coast and I can’t think of a more perfect first-dance song – “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. “Home is wherever I’m with you…”
We were racing against the clock to do outdoor photos with a tornado watch in effect, but we still managed to have some fun…
Wishing you lots of joy-filled days in your life together!
Venue: Echo Lake Country Club – Westfield, NJ
Hair: La Bottega Salon – Garwood, NJ
Wedding photography: Leslie Barbaro Photography
DJ: Rob Janish
Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham