best of 2012

if you're on facebook you might have recently seen how they gave you a "see your 2012 year in review." well i've decided to give you a "see a sweet start's 2012 in review." i've had the most amazing year. it was my first full year of performing weddings and i can't say enough how i feel like i've found my calling. i feel so lucky to have found something that is so rewarding. i want to give a huge shout out to all my clients and say hello to some new ones who'll i'll be working with next year!

here are some of my favorite moments from 2012. 

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nature-inspired wedding elements


Source: via a sweet start on Pinterest


some of you don't know this, but i grew up on a dairy farm in rural new hampshire. we had cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and a bunch of cats and dogs. i grew up in the most natural setting surrounded by forests and fields. it's no wonder then that i love wedding elements that are inspired by the natural world. i'm not talking about the "rustic vintage barn wedding" elements that are showing up in weddings everywhere(!) ( although used in the right setting those can be lovely, too). i'm talking genuinely being inspired by nature: wood, rock, feather, grass, leaves, get the picture. will you incorporate any of these elements into your wedding decor?

love poems

e.e. cummings 

love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is we

more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly

and less it shall unbe

than all the sea which only

is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win

less never than alive

less bigger than the least begin

less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly

and more it cannot die

than all the sky which only

is higher than the sky

1 corinthians 13:4-8

love is patient, love is kind

it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

it is not rude, it is not self seeking.

it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

love does not delight in evil

but rejoices with the truth.

it always protects, always trusts, always, hopes, always perseveres.

love never fails.

first epistle of paul to the corinthians,  chapter 13:4-8

(another translation)

love is great hearted, love is kind.

love is not envious,

love is not boastful, is not proud,

does not wound the dignity of others,

does not seek only it's own,

does not allow itself to grow bitter, does not impute evil to others,

does not rejoice in injustice,

but rejoices only in truth.

love bears all things, is all trusting, all hoping all enduring.

love never fails.

what is love?

louis de bernieres's captain corelli's mandolin

love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. and when it subsides you have to make a decision. you have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. because this is what love is. love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. that is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

wedding prayer

by robert louis stevenson 

lord, behold our family here assembled.

we thank you for this place in which we dwell,

for the love that unites us,

for the peace accorded us this day,

for the hope with which we expect the morrow,

for the health, the work, the food,

and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;

for our friends in all parts of the earth.


a history of love

by diane ackerman

love. what a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful. it has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn, turned tough guys to mush, consoled the enslaved, driven strong women mad, glorified the humble, fueled national scandals, bankrupted robber barons, and made mincemeat of kings. how can love’s spaciousness be conveyed in the narrow confines of one syllable? love is an ancient delirium, a desire older than civilization, with taproots spreading into deep and mysterious days. the heart is a living museum. in each of its galleries, no matter how narrow or dimly lit, preserved forever like wondrous diatoms, are our moments of loving, and being loved.

a poem

by rumi

the minute i heard my first love story i started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. lovers don't finally meet somewhere, they're in each other all along.

may wedding song | i'll be with you in apple blossom time

the other night my mother told me this sweet story about my grandparents and this song. the song was written in 1920 but i guess it was popular around the time my grandfather was going off to war. he asked my grandmother to marry him, and at first she wasn't sure about it. her mother, my great grandmother, helped the process along by saying how marrying harry would give him a reason to come back from the war. i guess that was a good arguement because my grandma mae married harry in june of 1942 before he shipped out. this song was "their song."

now every time my mother sees the apple blossoms she thinks of her parents. it makes me teary-eyed to think of those two young people getting hitched before he was sent overseas. i bet there were many brides at that time singing this song to their men hoping that they'd survive the war until the following may.

if you haven't already listened to the song in the clip above, you really must. it's so sweet. there's a long introduction but it's worth the wait. 

i’ll be with you in apple blossom time
by neville fleeson/albert von tilzer

i'm writing you, my dear,
just to tell you,
in september, you remember
'neath the old apple tree
you whispered to me
when it blossomed again, you'd be mine.

i've waited until i could claim you,
i hope i've not waited in vain.
for when it's spring in the valley,
i'm coming, my sweetheart, again!

i'll be with you in apple blossom time,
i'll be with you to change your name to mine.

one day in may
i'll come and say:
"happy the bride the sun shines on today!"

what a wonderful wedding there will be,
what a wonderful day for you and me!
church bells will chime
you will be mine
in apple blossom time.

i'll be with you in apple blossom time,
i'll be with you to change your name to mine.

one day in may
i'll come and say:
"happy the bride the sun shines on today!"

what a wonderful wedding there will be,
what a wonderful day for you and me!
church bells will chime
you will be mine
in apple blossom time.