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Lizzie Elston & Thomas Cannell   

Couple No. 2:
The Sing-Along

“The bride and groom asked if they could sing a song,” says Dr. Scott Black Johnston, senior pastor at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, who officiated the wedding of Lizzie Elston and Thomas Cannell. “I cautioned them that spontaneous singing, coupled with wedding-day jitters, might be risky. They persisted. I relented. I’m so glad I did. Everyone sang—grandpas, mothers, and friends. People played guitars. Tears ran down people’s faces. When it was over, there was luminous silence. And then they gave each other wedding rings.”

“The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields
The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures
And instructions for dancing

But I, I love it when you read to me
And you, you can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact, that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

But I, I love it when you sing to me
And you, you can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know

But I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings
I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings

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