At Last: a sweet wedding reading that honors a life lived before finding love #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#readings March 15 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Christine and Jim | Photo by Laurel McConnell Photography Related Post Need a romantic Princess Bride reading? As you wish… A Princess Bride wedding reading from the book itself? Inconceivable! Only the impressive clergyman knew about this particular passage from the book version of The... Read more Not unlike Etta James' classic love song "At Last," this particular reading acknowledges a lived life, having been beaten by it a time or two, and still being joyful that you found lasting love. Considering how many weddings are second marriages or older-than-average couples, the sentiment is really lovely and really realistic. Here's a sweet wedding reading that takes into account a life lived prior to the wedding… From "At Last" by Elizabeth Akers Allen At last, when all the summer shine That warmed life's early hours is past, Your loving fingers seek for mine And hold them close at last at last! Not oft the robin comes to build Its nest upon the leafless bough By autumn robbed, by winter chilled, But you, dear heart, you love me now. Though there are shadows on my brow And furrows on my cheek, in truth, The marks where Time's remorseless plough Broke up the blooming sward of Youth, Though fled is every girlish grace Might win or hold a lover's vow, Despite my sad and faded face, And darkened heart, you love me now! I count no more my wasted tears; They left no echo of their fall; I mourn no more my lonesome years; This blessed hour atones for all. I fear not all that Time or Fate May bring to burden heart or brow, Strong in the love that came so late, Our souls shall keep it always now! Not afraid of your scars: Ceremony readings for second marriages We're familiar with planning second weddings in these parts (our own Megan is doing it right now!), and let me tell you, it's not easy finding wedding readings for second… Read More Check out our readings archive for many, many more readings ideas! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride’s Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Pops of red and yellow everywhere at this magical wedding with wands and potions NEXT How to survive a long engagement (without losing your shit!) Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.