Paths and Journeys by Thomas Hardy is the perfect wedding reading for you if you believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason. This short reading is an extract taken from Far From The Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This reading is about how, in life, everyone is on their own path but sometimes those paths cross, intertwine and maybe even become one. The short wedding reading explains how when your life path crosses with someone else and you fall in love, your paths become one as you journey through life together, sharing experiences side by side. It’s a really lovely way to look at the first moment you met your partner as destined and how your marriage symbolises your paths becoming joined. If you think this wedding reading could be the one for you, take a look at our downloadable PDF of the wedding reading. 

Paths and Journeys (from Far from the Madding Crowd)

by Thomas Hardy

We are all on our own paths, all on our own journeys. Sometimes the paths cross, and people arrive at the crossing points at the same time and meet each other. There are greetings, pleasantries are exchanged, and then they move on. But then once in a while the pleasantries become more, friendship grows, deeper links are made, hands are joined and love flies. The friendship has turned into love.


Paths are joined, one path with two people walking it, both going in the same direction, and sharing each other's journeys. They will now skip together in harmony and love, sharing joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, strengthening and upholding each other as they walk along side by side. At home by the fire, whenever I look up, there you will be. And whenever you look up, there I shall be.

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Our paths have crossed and that's a sign that you need to have this wedding reading! Print off the PDF below and take it straight to your ceremony!

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Our path has led us right to you! It’s meant to be. If you like Paths and Journeys by Thomas Hardy, you should take a look at our 14 wedding readings about love and friendship for more inspiration. Finding ‘The One’ also applies to your wedding outfit. When and where will you find THE outfit you’ll tie the knot in? Here’s our wedding dress guide and wedding suit guide that you need before you go shopping. 

Leah Blundell

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