Even though it’s been just over two weeks since our wedding, I’ve been sitting here for half an hour trying to figure out how to talk about it all, and I can’t even think where to begin – it was beyond words in every way. I’ve never felt more present, more loved, more beautiful or more joyful in my life than I did on our wedding day.

Thank you so much to all of you who sent well wishes, and of course a big thank all of the wonderful guest bloggers who helped out with posts while I was away. Weren’t they fun?!

So, since our wedding photos aren’t ready to share, and since lots of folks are already off celebrating the holidays, I’ll hold off on a full re-cap until the new year. But until then, I thought I’d bring you this poem by Walt Whitman that I’ve been hanging on to for awhile. It feels like just the perfect love letter to my husband (my husband!) at this beginning of our journey together.

 

from Song of the Open Road
by Walt Whitman

9

Allons! we must not stop here,
However sweet these laid-up stores, however convenient this dwelling
we cannot remain here,
However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters we must
not anchor here,
However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are permitted
to receive it but a little while.

11

Listen! I will be honest with you,
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve…

15

Allons! the road is before us!
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

 

 

(If you’ve done any digging for wedding ceremony readings, you may have come across this one already, but either way I hope you love it as much as I do. If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it right here.)

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  1. Shana

    Oh, congratulations, Kathryn! It’s good to hear from you! I love Walt Whitman, btw. :)

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  2. Kelly Sauer

    Oh, I am so glad for you, so glad that your day was so beautiful to your heart! Thank you for sharing your joy here with us! Congratulations!

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  3. Angela

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! LOVE IS AWESOME! :D

    we used the 15th stanza of “song of the open road” in our ceremony also since it is so lovely. my husband cut out a book of his to mount my engagement ring in when he proposed and we gave out some of his books at our wedding. do you think we like walt whitman? hahaha

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  4. Matrioshka

    Congrats! What a wonderful description! I’ve been married for 3 months and I’m still on a high!

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  5. Anne

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Hope this Christmas will be a very merry and romantic one for the two of you!

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  6. Color Collective

    Congratulations!! :) Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  7. Kate

    Welcome back! Beyond words sounds like a good wedding to me!

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  8. Jessica

    Congrats! I find that there are still aspects of my wedding that I struggle to find the words for. Can’t wait to see the pics. Happy Holidays!

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  9. Redfrizzz

    Thanks for sharing- a beautiful poem, meaningful and timely. Many, many mazal tovs!! I await your photos with baited breath!

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  10. Jen

    Congratulations!! So happy for you two! Can’t wait for your photos!

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  11. Shannon Leahy

    Congratulations Kathryn!!!

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  12. Melissa

    My heartfelt congratulations! I’m so happy for the joy you’ve found.

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  13. ashley

    Congrats, how exciting to say! You deserve it!

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  14. Julia @ Brides Up North

    Congrats. I love this poem by the way. I have sent it to my hubby who is off sick today xxx

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  15. Louise

    Congratulations! I believe the wedding glow can last for years! It’s been more than 2 yrs since my own wedding, and I’ve yet to gather photos in a way that expresses how deeply honored and highly thrilled I was that day. Great to see you treasure that joy.

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  16. Kristen

    Congratulations Kathryn! I’m so happy for you. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing your photos.
    My friend Johnny read part of this poem at our ceremony in August. Whenever things get tough I think of the line, “I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,” and remember that the difficult times are also a gift.

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  17. Kelly Oshiro

    Congratulations Kathryn! That’s just how I hope all my brides feel on their wedding day!

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  18. Jesse Tarnoff

    SO happy for you and Ryan! Congratulations and thank you for all of your inspiration.

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  19. forget.me.knot.weddings

    congrats kathryn! so happy to hear your day was all you dreamed of! can’t wait to see all the amazing photos of your guy day!

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  20. Amanda Bevington

    LOVE!!!! Congratulations you two!! xo, A

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  21. Rene@bargainhoot

    Happy days to the both of you!! I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

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  22. Heather

    HOW EXCITING! Congrats to both of you? So, how was the honeymoon :)?!?! I am certain dreamy, since I don’t think you can go wrong on Kauai.

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  23. Kate C

    Would you believe that we used the last four lines of that poem for our vows, instead of the “do you take this woman/man…”. Very personal and us. We loved it. Congrats, by the way! 3 months out myself, I can tell you it only gets better!

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