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?