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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Even though it is tradition for the Best Man to give the toast, I like the idea of the Maid of Honor speaking as well {provided she wants to}. The Best Man for our wedding is one of Rich’s oldest friends from high school and my maid of honor is my sister, Jess. Deb, Rich’s sister, is essentially the “Best Woman” so we hope all three will want to give a toast at our wedding. My sister and her husband, Jay, had two best men and I was the maid of honor. Each of us spoke before dinner. I read the poem, Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog, by Taylor Mali at their wedding. I kept my introduction brief and on the silly side {I am not one for sap}. We are a family of dog-lovers, having three different golden retrievers growing up. My sister now has two dogs, and my parents and I each have one. I found this poem and knew it was perfect.

Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog, by Taylor Mali

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York {note: I changed this to Portland}.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

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8 Responses to “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog”

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evelinej
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evelinej (message)  370 posts, Helper bee

This is a beautiful poem………..thanks for sharing!

 
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oracle
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oracle (message)  7,183 posts, Busy Beekeeper

Thank you, thank you, thank you! For your post!!! My FI LOVES dogs and I’m saving this reading and incorporating it in the wedding day…. I think I may just read it to him at some point at the reception :)

 
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krissycake
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krissycake (message)  4,160 posts, Honey bee

Love this - we have put this in our ceremony and one of my bridesmaids is reading it.

 
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Carbon Girl
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Carbon Girl (message)  691 posts, Busy bee

I love it. I just e-mailed it my FI. I would love to have it be part of the ceremony.

 
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Kara

My sister-in-law read this at our wedding in December and it was a huge hit! It went well with our table signs and place cards, which featured our dog (who couldn’t join us at our DW wedding in Grand Cayman but was there in spirit)!

 
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spwingal (message)  13 posts, Newbee

I saw Taylor Mali perform this slam at a slam poetry event when I was in college. He’s amazing in person!

 
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Samantha

Love it.

Favorite line: “Is love good all the time? No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.”

 
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Miss Poodle (message)  3,386 posts, Sugar bee

I loved that reading!!

 

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