Flower heart

My sister got married recently and in the run up to the big day she was asking about the details of my wedding, making sure she hadn’t forgotten anything. It was a perfect day, she hadn’t forgotten anything. Weddings make me nostalgic, even though I only got married 4 years ago, and one thing I struggled to remember was the reading my nephew did during the ceremony. Though I couldn’t remember what it was, I knew it fit us and our lives perfectly so I had to dig it out. I still love it just as much as I did on our wedding day. The poem was written by Emma Salmon, a winner of Marriott Hotel’s poetry competition in 2011. I like that it’s a modern one, it completely reflects our lives and our hopes for the future.

The Future – Emma Salmon

In my future I see you and me,
And a house and garden filled with trees.
I see dinner parties surrounded by friends,
And a vegetable patch we love to tend.
I see cosy nights in front of the fire,
And a four-poster bed for when we tire.
I see our kitchen which will be the heart of the home,
And a Victorian bath brimming with foam.
I see muddy wellies by the front door,
And the kids eating cookies and asking for more.
I see nights in the garden camping under the stars,
And shelves full of mismatching local jam jars.
I see family picnics outside with the dog,
And a little blue shed containing the logs.
I see us sat by the window watching the snow,
And reading the papers and learning to grow.
I see pictures of family in quirky frames,
And letters on the kids’ doors spelling out their names.
I see laughter, pain, kisses and tears,
And helping each other to confront our fears.
I see you as my friend and also my lover,
Your confidant and your children’s mother.
I see a wonderful future for you and I,
And it’s cloaked in love until we die.

If you’re trying to find the perfect reading for your wedding day, Gretchin Rubin created a PDF with a lot of beautiful suggestions, I heard her reading some out on her podcast. And if you’re already married, what did you have?