Nautical/nature ceremony readings?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

dms0622:    Here’s one:

Nature prayer written by Michael Leunig.

We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace.

Let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty,

Let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy, inspiration and renewal places

Where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.

Let us search for these places in the world, in ourselves and in others.

Let us restore them.

Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and

May our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Apache Blessing 2

May the sun bring you new energy by day,<br />Many the moon softly restore you by night,<br />May the rain wash away your worries<br />And the breeze blow new strength into your being,<br />And all of the days of your life may you walk<br />Gently through the world and know its beauty.

Cherokee Prayer

“God in heaven above, please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor mother-earth — and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons; We honor fire — and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts; We honor wind — and ask we sail though life safe and calm as in our father’s arms; We honor water — to clean and soothe our relationship — that it may never thirsts for love; With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together. Amen.”

Navajo Prayer

When you were children, you talked like children,<br />But now that you’ve grown, you should be done<br />with childish things and put them away.<br />When you were children, you looked into a mirror<br />that gave only a blurred reflection of reality.<br />But with love and maturity, you shouldn’t be<br />afraid to look into that mirror and see each other face to face.<br />Be swift like the wind in loving each other.<br />Be brave like the sea in loving each other.<br />Be gentle like the breeze in loving each other.<br />Be patient like the sun who waits and watches<br />the four changes of the earth in loving each other.<br />Be wise like the roaring of the thunderclouds and lightening in loving each other.<br />Be shining like the morning dawn in loving each other.<br />Be flexible like the sapling that bends with the wind in loving each other.<br />Be brilliant like the rainbow colors in loving each other,<br />Now, forever, forever, there will be no more loneliness<br />Because your words are joined together with the world.<br />Forever, forever.

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  • Wedding: November 1999

From A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow and tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity–in freedom, in the sense that dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, <br /> but partners in the same pattern. “The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread and anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. For relationships, too, must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides. One must accept the security of the winged life, of the ebb and flow, of intermittency.”

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“Come Live With Me and Be My Love” by Christopher Sousa

Come live with me and be my love,<br />We’ll lay and watch the skies above.<br />I’ll take you out upon the sea,<br />And show you what it means to me.

The wind will be calm yet lightly blowing,<br />The cabin’s warm with oil’s glowing.<br />Just think of us upon this ocean,<br />Sipping tea as a soothing potion.

I’ll climb up high into the rig above,<br />To share the starry night with you, my love.<br />The sails will be full with autumn’s breeze,<br />Our bow dipping gracefully into the glowing seas.

And as we dig into my coffers’ deep,<br />You shall behold the things that make women weep.<br />Bottles of wine from the finest vineyards,<br />And wool from only the most renowned spinners.

These things and more can be fully your own,<br />But mostly the beauty that the sea has shown.<br />The most graceful porpoises will be swimming by,<br />As the sea birds sing with their siren-like cry.

Precious few have answered our ocean’s calling,<br />Shouting out with eyes bright and bawling.<br />So take this proposal and fly like the dove,<br />To come with me and be my love.

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“Beach Chairs” by Joyce Ebrecht

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Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching the setting sun <br />holding hands and reminiscing <br />how it all begun

Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching the ships out on the sea <br />holding hands and smiling <br />together we’re meant to be

Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching people walking past <br />holding hands and knowing <br />that our love will always last

Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching the waves along the shore <br />holding hands we realize <br />our love is stronger than before

Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching the changing tide <br />holding hands with happiness <br />to be by each others side

Sitting on the beach chairs <br />watching the sunrise <br />holding hands with tears of joy <br />there are no more good-byes

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The following beach wedding reading is the lyrics of a 1985 hit song by The Honeydrippers. Even if you do not use it as a reading in your ceremony, perhaps it is a good song to use somewhere in your reception either as an entrance song or perhaps even a first dance.

“Sea of Love” by the Honeydrippers

Do you remember when we met <br />That’s the day I knew you were my pet <br />I want to tell you how much I love you

Come with me, my love <br />To the sea, the sea of love <br />I want to tell you how much I love you

Come with me, to the sea

Do you remember when we met <br />That’s the day I knew you were my pet <br />I want to tell you how much I love you

Come with me, to the sea

Come with me, my love <br />To the sea, the sea of love <br />I want to tell you how much I love you

Come with me, to the sea

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“Somewhere” by Linda Harnett

Oh, to be lying, <br />On a beach, <br />Somewhere, <br />With sand in my toes, <br />And the wind, <br />In my hair.

And only the sound, <br />Of the seagulls, <br />On high, <br />On a beach, <br />Somewhere, <br />Under sunny blue sky.

The gentle caress, <br />Of the waves, <br />On the shore, <br />And you close, <br />Beside me, <br />Could I ask for more?

A soft sandy beach, <br />That goes on, <br />Forever, <br />You, me, <br />And a beach, <br />So happy together.

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“Love is more thicker than forget” by EE Cummings

love is more thicker than forget<br />more thinner than recall<br />more seldom than a wave is wet<br />more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly<br />and less it shall unbe<br />than all the sea which only <br />is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win <br />less never than alive <br />less bigger than the least begin <br />less littler than forgive

it is more sane and sunly <br />and more it cannot die <br />than all the sky which only<br /> is higher than the sky

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“Allons! Whoever you are come travel with me!” by Walt Whitman

<br /> Traveling with me you find what never tires. <br /> The earth never tires,<br /> The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, <br /> Nature is rude and incomprehensible at first,<br /> Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop’d,<br /> I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.<br /> Allons! we must not stop here, <br /> However sweet these laid-up stores, however convenient this dwelling we cannot remain here,<br /> However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters wemust not anchor here,<br /> However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are permitted to receive it but a little while.<br /> <br /> Allons! the inducements shall be greater,<br /> We will sail pathless and wild seas,<br /> We will go where winds blow, waves dash, and the Yankee clipper speeds by under full sail.<br /> Allons! with power, liberty, the earth, the elements, <br /> Health, defiance, gayety, self-esteem, curiosity; <br /> Allons! from all formules! …<br /> Camerado, I give you my hand!<br /> I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law;<br /> Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

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“Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Shelley

The Fountains mingle with the River<br /> And the Rivers with the Ocean, The winds of Heaven mix for ever<br /> With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single;<br /> All things by a law divine In one spirit meet and mingle.<br /> Why not I with thine?<br /> See the mountains kiss high Heaven<br /> And the waves clasp one another; No sister-flower would be forgiven<br /> If it disdained its brother, And the sunlight clasps the earth<br /> And the moonbeams kiss the sea: What is all this sweet work worth<br /> If thou kiss not me?

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<h3>More Beach Wedding Readings:</h3>

If you did not find anything you liked in the beach wedding readings above, then try and find some more inspiration for finding the perfect beach wedding reading or poem and creating a wedding ceremony that is truly “you”, then perhaps have a look at Diane Warner’s reference to beach wedding readings in her book Contemporary Guide to Wedding Ceremonies. <br />This is a practical guide to wedding ceremonies and beach wedding readings that not only includes the traditional, but creative, personalized ideas for the twenty-first century bride and groom. It also has a great reference on how to incorporate a sand ceremony into your service.<br /><br />For more beautiful beach wedding readings for your ceremony try Wedding Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Love, Marriage and Anniversaries by June Cotner. In this book June has collected perfect selections for the bride, groom, members of the wedding party, and other family and friends to share. From verses and vows to prayers and toasts, the sentiments of Wedding Blessings will help make any marriage celebration more memorable. Wedding Blessings is filled with inspiration and timeless words by renowned authors such as Robert Browning, Rainer Maria Rilke, the Persian poet Rumi, as well as many contemporary writers that will make beautiful beach wedding readings. This spiritual, multi-faith anthology offers true gems suitable for all aspects of weddings, anniversaries, and vow-renewal ceremonies.

Your beach wedding readings should contribute to your ceremony being as personal and memorable as possible. Take your time and do your research to find the beach wedding readings that will accomplish this for you.

Follow this link to find a few more inspirational beach wedding readings and quotes.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sorry for tht masive post. I only meant to post the first two readings and can’t edit out the rest as nothing shows up in the dialogue box for me. It’s totally blank when i try to edit.

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