“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, / And bathed every veyne in swich licour / Of which vertu engendred is the flour; / Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth / Inspired hath in every holt and heeth / The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne / Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne, / And smale fowles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open ye / (So priketh hem nature in hir corages), / Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.”
When Geoffrey Chaucer wrote these lines as the Prologue to his Canterbury Tales, he described spring’s renewal and rebirth. When I had to memorize this passage in 11th grade, I never expected to reference it again… This past weekend, Brooke and Brandon created their own tale at Canterbury Country Club in Beachwood, Ohio; only this version is not about nature’s renewal, but the start of their new life together.
I watched from afar as the bride grew up friends with my cousin, and was thrilled to be a part of the day. Capturing the romance of the wedding was not hard, as it flowed from every aspect of the wedding — Brooke’s dress, the candlelight, and most of all the interactions of the bride and groom.
While Chaucer’s story has lasted throughout the ages… Brooke and Brandon’s has only just begun. Here’s a glimpse of their wedding day…