Sonnet 43 Weddings
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I'm sure almost everyone has heard or memorized this famous work of poetry at some point in their lives. It is probably the most recognized and most used piece of literature to be read or recited at weddings through the years.
I memorized this poem when I was in high school. I loved it and couldn't wait to use it in my own wedding someday. My favorite lines were the beginning and ending. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach........I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death." I love these lines so much because that is the kind of love that everyone is hoping for and dreaming of. Everyone wants someone to love with every fiber of their being and to even love that person more after death if that is even possible. If you have someone you love and that loves you that much, I would be honored to plan or assist in planning your special day.
My name is Paula Bartlett. I am thirty-one years old from Marcellus, NY. I am new to wedding planning but I am very excitied and looking forward to whatever creative ideas you have in store for me. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you and share in the joy of your special day.
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