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Photo of stained glass at St Stephens Church, Tonbridge

In honour of Max and Genevieve Allen wed 9 August 2014.  Image  © Jeremy Sherlock 2014 & Looking4Godtoday.wordpress.com

The veil

suspended

ethereally in front of the bride’s face

did nothing to disguise her beauty

her complete joy

as she gazed into the eyes of her beloved

and repeated her vows

Photo of stained glass window in St Stephens church Tonbridge, two characters fortitude and courage

Image © Jeremy Sherlock and © Looking4GodToday 2014

Cheers rang loudly

from gathered relatives and friends

witnessing their delight and anticipation

as the two pledged to become one

Countless devices whirled and clicked

as watchers sought to engrave the moment

in artificial memory

***

Little ones danced and jigged

caught up in the excitement

Young girls daydreamed of their own fairy-tale wedding

Teens gazed dumb-struck

Within a few short years it could be them

Mature married couples remembered their vows

and pledged themselves to each other anew

Photo of angels announcing birth of Jesus to shepherds in stained glass at St Stephens Church, Tonbridge, Kent

Image © Jeremy Sherlock & Looking4GodToday.wordpress.com 2014

Young mothers leaked tears of joy

that their own union had

at last been fruitful

Little footsteps had been a long time in coming

For some the occasion was bitter-sweet

reminding them of their own faded hopes and dreams

as time spun on

***

For still others

it was life affirming

a cycle so individual

and yet so oft repeated

 a cycle of glorious endings and beginnings

of legacy, of heritage

of new birth

Photo of two characters Devotion and Charity at St Stephens Church, Tonbridge

Image © Jeremy Sherlock & Looking4Godtoday.wordpress.com 2014

The bride

Rose and fell

With the cadence of the music

Resounding through the church

Their vows of mutual lifelong passion and service

Still ringing in her heart

***

‘For better, for worse

For richer, for poorer,

In sickness and in health

Until death do us part’

Photo of stained glass window at St Stephens Church, Tonbridge with Jesus and saints and crown of life suspended above them

Image © Jeremy Sherlock & Looking4GodToday.wordpress.com 2014

Photos taken at St Stephens Church, Tonbridge in August 2014 by Jeremy Sherlock.

© Michelle Sherlock 2014.

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