Wedding Ceremony Reading - "Love Sonnet 17" by Pablo Neruda


13 February 2020

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Wedding Ceremony Reading – “Love Sonnet 17” by Pablo Neruda

A wedding ceremony reading can set the tone for the entire wedding ceremony. They add personality, emotion and even humour to your nuptials. Finding the right wedding ceremony reading is a big task so here’s one of our favourite readings, taken from the poem ‘Love Sonnet 17’ by Pablo Neruda.


I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
Secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving

but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.


Hopefully you love this one as much as we do! If you need more help with your wedding details, then please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.


Love Nicole x

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