Featured Wedding Ceremony Reading: The Song of Achilles

When you are putting together your wedding ceremony, don’t be afraid to look in unusual places for inspiration – poetry and music of course, but also children’s books and fantasy novels, movies and Shakespeare…

Words have power and there are so many beautiful, powerful pieces of language in the world. Find the ones that call to the soul of your relationship and speak right to your heart.

Intermittently, I’ll be sharing ideas for my favorite nerdy wedding ceremony readings and collecting them right here.

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The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

“And as we swam, or played, or talked, a feeling would come. It was almost like fear, in the way it filled me, rising in my chest. It was almost like tears, in how swiftly it came. But it was neither of those, buoyant where they were heavy, bright where they were dull. I had known contentment before, brief snatches of time in which I pursued solitary pleasure: skipping stones or dicing or dreaming. But in truth, it had been less a presence than an absence, a laying aside of dread…

This feeling was different. I found myself grinning until my cheeks hurt, my scalp prickling till I thought it might lift off my head. My tongue ran away from me, giddy with freedom… I did not have to fear that I spoke too much. I did not have to worry that I was too slender or too slow… I could feel every nerve in my body, every brush of air against my skin.”

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