The first reading in a Catholic wedding is usually taken from the Old Testament. For generation upon generation, Judaism has placed a very high value on marriage and family life, seeing these as central to the practice of the faith. The Hebrew Scriptures (books of the Old Testament) are filled with a number of beautiful passages that speak about marriage in very positive terms, often understanding it as a symbol of the love and fidelity that God has for the people of Israel.
Romantic desire is shown in a favorable light and the establishment of a solid, working household as eminently pleasing. While the structures of marriage have evolved a great deal since the time these scripture passages were first written, you will likely discover in this first reading for your Catholic wedding that you share many of the same ideals concerning marriage as your ancestors in faith: faithfulness, enjoyment, and the creation of a new family.