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The Order of Service, with all the readings and songs from our wedding, 3rd January 2015.


  • Pollokshields Burgh Hall Saturday 3rd January 2015

    The Marriage of



  • May this day be full of joy and laughter and fun,A day for catching up with old friends and

    perhaps even making some new ones.A day to share in Owen and Zahras

    happiness and delight,And of looking forward to a future thats sure to

    be warm and bright!Gillian Stewart

    Our marriage ceremony will be conducted by Stuart Rodger from the Humanist Society of Scotland. It was composed by Stuart, together

    with the bride and groom.

    Bridal Party Entrance toFeels Like Home Edwina Hayes

    Ceremony: Band Warming

  • Celtic BlessingMay the raindrops fall gently on your brow,

    May the soft winds freshen your spring,May the sunshine brighten your hearts,

    May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon youAnd may you each enfold the other in the mantle of your love

    SongYou Are My Sunshine Led by Vigo and Mondo Love

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshineYou make me happy when skies are grey

    You never know, dear, how much I love youPlease dont take my sunshine away

    The other night, dear, as I lay sleepingI dreamt I held you in my arms

    When I awoke, dear, I was mistakenSo I hung my head, and I cried

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshineYou make me happy when skies are grey

    You never know, dear, how much I love youPlease dont take my sunshine away

  • Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.

    Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

    Now there will be no loneliness,for each of you will be companion to the other.

    Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.

    May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years,

    May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

    Treat yourselves and each other with respect,and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

    Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.

    When frustration, di culties and fearassail your relationship,

    as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you,

    not only the part which seems wrong.In this way, you can ride out the storms

    when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that even if you lose sight of it

    for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibilityfor the quality of your life together,

    it will be marked by abundance and delight.

    Apache Blessing Read by Aleem Talakshi

  • THE ONE(author unknown)

    Read by Johanna Bryson

    When the one whose hand youre holdingIs the one who holds your heart,

    When the one whose eyes you gaze intoGives your hopes and dreams their start,When the one you think of rst and last

    Is the one who holds you tight,And the things you plan together

    Make the whole world seem just right,When the one whom you believe in

    Puts their faith and trust in you, Youve found the one and only love

    Youll share your whole life through.

  • Ceremony:Handfasting


    These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today,

    tomorrow and forever.These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years,

    and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief lls your mind.

    These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes;tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

    These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

    And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

  • Ceremony:Toasting with a Quaich

    Song:Nach Truagh Leat Mi S Tu Eirinn

    Emma and Rachael Deans

    Signing of the Marriage Register

    Song:Inside OutImelda May


    Read by Mehmood Pirbhai

    Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can nd and bring out in each other. It o ers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal.

    It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

    Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of lifes most important relationships. A wife and husband are each others best friend, con dant, lover, teacher, listener and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the

    other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child.

    Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is full, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.

    Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.

    When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.

    Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each otherand takes a lifetime to ful l.


    May the wind always be at your backMay the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

    May you have re in your hearthAnd food on your table,

    May you be poor in misfortuneRich in blessings

    May you know nothing but happinessFrom this day forward.

  • In our wedding invitations, we asked you all for your advice for a great relationship thank you everyone who contributed.

    Be quick to forgive, and dont go to bed cross Beckie Saunders

    If you are angry, say why dont just carry it.Say I love you regularly.

    Zahra... Be happy.... Owen adores youand when you are happy, he is happy.

    Pete Hope

    Love is knowing you're never alone,That someone has your back whatever the world sets at you

    It is the reason we liveAnd if you are blessed to nd it, grab it and never let go

    Rachael Deans

    Keep talking, and always retain a sense of humourDi + Greg Noller

    Keep the inlaws on side :)Tarik and Amanda Talakshi

    Remember to keep laughing. Don't take life too seriously and never let Owen take up Championship

    Manager or FIFA Jo and Graham Bryson

    Everyone has their own journey to take, on their own path - just make sure your

    paths are parallel. Dave and Lynda Nash

    Talk! Youve always been really honest with each other, so stay that way. Make compromises and laugh together often.

    Sarah McNulty

    Never say goodbye or goodnight without following it with a kiss and and I love you

    Gareth and Elaine Lee

    Respect each otherKirsty and Jon Love

    Love is giving and forgivingAlan Ward


    Please, please share your photos of today with us.If you have a smartphone you can download the free Wedding Party App in your App Store or Play Store. Just type OwenandZahra in the box and you can then easily upload photos to the photosharing page on our website www.mywedding.com/OwenAndZahra (password love).

    Or you can email them tozahratalakshi@gmail.com / owen_hedges@yahoo.co.uk

    or tag us on social media.

  • To keep your marriage brimming,With love in the loving cup,

    Whenever youre wrong, admit it;Whenever youre right shut up.

    Ogden Nash