I love a surprise! So, when a bride asked that I keep hush hush about a surprise song to her groom, I was glad to comply. Adrienne, a singer, chose to include a surprise choral performance of Eric Whitacre's This Marriage as a gift to her groom in their ceremony. What is even more fun is that she joined in and sang along! Whitacre composed This Marriage as a gift to his wife on their 7th anniversary. The words are taken from a poem by the 12th Century Persian Mystic, Jalal al-Din Rumi. It reads:
May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.
And, I am out of words to describe how lovely a moment this was. Congrats Adrienne & Brant!
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