Anna and Jesse's Wedding Book

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Anna & Jesse

August 17, 2013

Anna Garwood & Jesse Hunter

together with friends and families

celebrated their wedding

at Jesse’s childhood home in Hood River, Oregon

4pm, August 17 th , 2013

The Ceremony

A Collection of Blessings

Compiled and presented by Jeff Hunter during the ceremony.

A poem by Pablo Neruda: Excerpt of Sonnet XVII

Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,

te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:

así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,

sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,

tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,

tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.

I love you without knowing how, or when or from where.

I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

so I love you because I know no other way than this:

where I does not exist nor you,

so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.


A passage from Corinthians 13: 4-8a


is patient

is kind

it does not envy

it does not boast

it is not proud

it is not rude

it is not self-seeking

it is not easily angered

keeps no record of wrongs

does not delight in evil

rejoices with the truth

always protects

always trusts

always hopes

always perseveres

never fails.


Wedding Poem

This reading was adapted by from a poem by Kahlil Gibran and was

shared by Griff and Mary Garwood during the wedding ceremony.

You were born apart, but at virtually the same time

Now we celebrate that you shall forever more be together

You will be together when a myriad of events scatter your days

You will be together even in the sight of God

But let there be spaces in your togetherness

Let the winds dance between you

Love one another and let your love be a moving sea between your souls

Fill each other’s cup, but do not drink from only one vessel

Sing and dance together and be joyous

But let each of you sometimes share a simple space

Don’t be troubled by this

Even though the strings of the lute are individual, they quiver with the same

music, and are united in the beauty of their song


Give your hearts, but not for each other’s keeping

For only the hand of life can fully contain you

Stand together, yet not so near as to cast a shadow on each other

The pillars of the temple stand apart as they support a single structure

The oak tree and the ash grow not in each other’s shade, but each reaches for

the sky from common ground.

We bless you deeply.


Griff and Mary


Blessings & Toasts

Produced by Family Heirloom Arts


Portland, Oregon

Lisa Kagan: Director, Editor, Book Designer

Emily García: Typographer, Design Assistant, Bookbinder

Lewis Childs Pollard: Text Editor

Copyright © 2014

Anna Garwood and Jesse Hunter.

All rights reserved. Reproduction of the whole or any part of the contents

without permission is prohibited.

Printed by Stevens Printing, Portland, Oregon.

Bookbinding by Emily García, Cathemeral Press.

Front Cover & Interior Art:

Paper-cut by Anna Garwood

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