Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wedding Week: How falling in Love is like Owning a Dog

I can NOT believe it has almost been a year since Mr. Beau and I got married! Yes, that is right, on Monday we will celebrate our one year anniversary! Crazy! Our wedding was featured on a wonderful blog, in a US magazine and in a UK magazine {seriously! You don't want to see it again!}, however since this is my blog and I tend to share so much about my life here on Urban Flip Flops {and even started the story with our engagement!} I knew I had to finally share the photos and little stories over here on my site. For the next few days I will be sharing a few bits of truly the best day ever, our wedding, it was! I wanted to start with a little advice and a little reading that we had at our wedding,
How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog
by Taylor Mali 
We got a lot of laughs when they announced the reading, OK we are those dog owners, but it was such a nice way to incorporate something we love so much together, Sir Oliver and make it personal. And I have to say,after our first year of marriage, I realize it is pretty true, love may be like owning a dog.
How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog
by Taylor Mali 

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Somethimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops

I truly love that poem. We wanted to incorporate personal touches into our ceremony and once I found that reading I knew it was perfect. Sir Oliver was not able to come into the reception, however we had a our dog walker bring him to the ceremony for photos afterwards and I am so glad we did. The images of our niece Annika were priceless and I am so glad we have photos with our furry guy. Years down the road they will be fun ones to look back on. People always ask if I recommend bringing dogs to weddings, honestly not much. If Oliver had been there he would have had to have been looked after every minute; is he in the kitchen, is he barking, who is looking after him, etc. Having him around for photos was fun and he got to be a little part of our day, that is what I recommend! 
Make your wedding you. If you love cooking together, find a reading about a recipe for love. If you love to travel together, maybe a poem a story about adventures together. I think this reading was perfect for me and my Mr. and that is all that matters. 

xoxo - Becca

All images by the talented Abby Jiu

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