Weddings With Wings

Weddings With Wings

Last week I had the most amazing experience which left the guests awe struck.

Last Tuesday at Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park, Sydney the guests gathered in an intimate garden tucked away from the public eye. I delivered the ceremony words and stories created expressly to honour the couple and their love story.

I recited the classic nonsense poem ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ because in so many ways it represented the couple, their love of cats, their quirky outlooks, being married and what was to follow.

The ring ceremony started and when the best man was asked to present the rings what he actually presented was a glove which he placed on the grooms hand. Raising his gloved hand into the air and uttering the secret sound an owl then whooshed over the heads of the guests to deliver the rings to the groom.

Wow, have you ever heard anything more magnificent and unusual in regards to presenting the rings. Well I was there and it was fabulous!!!!

If anyone is interested in doing a similar exercise (in Sydney) give me a call and I will provide the contact. It didn’t come cheaply but the expense, I am sure, was worth the memories which will be implanted for a life time.

The following enchanting poem was written by Edward Lear, an English nonsense poet. Interestingly Lear was the 20th child of 21 children… wonder his world view was a unique and imaginative. He was born in 1812 and lived until 1888. This poem, although written so many years ago, has endured in the hearts of many ever since.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

BY: Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

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