Words of long lasting love in English, Welsh and French please!
January 3, 2010 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please!

My parents will be celebrating fifty years of wedded bliss next month, I've scanned in some lovely photographs of the wedding & church, now I need some beautiful text to accompany them.

They're in their seventies but quite modern in outlook; practicing Catholics and very open to other faiths so religious and non-religious pieces all welcome.

There are English, Welsh and French speakers in the immediate family so all three languages are welcome, especially with translations (I appreciate that few will come with all three languages!)

If by chance you also have recommendations for a service that prints photobooks such as Photobox (worryingly down at the moment), I'd love those too.

Asked annonymously because the parents in question have recently discovered the joys of mefi so just in case, here's a throwaway email that I'll check daily: fiftyblissfulyears AT googlemail.com.

Thanks/Diolch/Merci in advance!
posted by anonymous to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
"Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding." Diane Arbus.

Too cynical?
posted by thebrokedown at 12:11 PM on January 3, 2010 [1 favorite]

Re: Photobooks... Shuterrfly, snapfish, kodak, even costco do photo books. I've only ever ordered from shutterfly and thought it was very good quality and very fast - took about a week from placing the order to getting it in the mail (I live in Canada). Blurb.com also does books but I found their prices to be a bit too excessively high.
posted by kirstk at 12:20 PM on January 3, 2010

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
-- Mignon McLaughlin

"The novelists never told us that in love, as in other matters, the young are just beginners and that the art of loving matures with age and experience."
-- Isaac Bashevis Singer

"The rules for marriage are the same as those for lifeboat passengers: stay in your place, no sudden moves, and keep all disastrous thoughts to yourself."
-- Garrison Keillor
posted by bryon at 12:28 PM on January 3, 2010 [2 favorites]

Maybe an excerpt from Harvest Moon by Neil Young?

When we were strangers / I watched you from afar / When we were lovers /I loved you with all my heart.

But now it's gettin' late / And the moon is climbin' high / I want to celebrate /See it shinin' in your eye.

Because I'm still in love with you / I want to see you dance again / Because I'm still in love with you / On this harvest moon.

posted by pocams at 12:30 PM on January 3, 2010

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

-Shakespeare's Sonnet 116
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:42 PM on January 3, 2010 [1 favorite]

~ The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

~ To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. - Heather Cortez

~ You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. - Sam Keen

~ There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved. - George Sand

My personal favorite:

~ When you are in love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams. - Dr. Seuss
posted by torquemaniac at 1:36 PM on January 3, 2010

"When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuosly until death do them part"
George Bernard Shaw
posted by Redhush at 6:12 PM on January 3, 2010

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