I first met Samantha's family through Dr. Ken Keaton, Music Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Debi, Samantha's mother, had mentioned that Sami was looking for Celtic or Renaissance-type music. I recommended a flute and clarinet duo, and the following music selections:
1) Processional - "Morning Has Broken" (Cat Stevens)
2) Bridal Entrance - "Be Thou My Vision" (Traditional Irish melody)
3) Recessional - "Gigue" (J. S. Bach)
The ceremony itself was quite moving. I loved the special words the officiant had chosen to bless the couple and convey their everlasting love for one another:
"Cherish every moment that life offers and celebrate every small pleasure.
Express your love at every chance and allow it to unfold gracefully.
Show your devotion and dedicate your lives to the enrichment of each other
Strive for honesty and integrity and seek to understand
Draw upon the love you feel today and forever etch it in your hearts. . ."
"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be the companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Enter now into the days of your togetherness, and may they be good and long upon this earth. . ."