Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Something Blue” set and given that it’s engagement season, timing for a new round of “Something Blue” couldn’t be better. First, a little history on the “Something Blue” saying.
The tradition of a bride carrying, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”), comes from an Old English saying. These items were carried by a bride to ensure good luck in her marriage. In America, the sixpence is often substituted for a penny, but there are places you can simply order a sixpence from if you wish to hold strongly to the tradition. “Something old represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. Many brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewelry or a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed.” -http://daytorememberblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/history-about-something-old-something.html
I hope you enjoy these bits of “Something Blue.” How do you plan on honoring the tradition?
Light and breezy, sunlit, pastels, chippy paint, aged furniture, lichen covered stone walls, airy draperies, aromatic herbs drying in wavy glass windows, pottery sitting on open shelves, honey bees buzzing about in the garden, these are just a few aspects of Provencal style. Whether you are planning a destination wedding at a French countryside chateau or a local outdoor Provencal inspired fete, today’s Wedding Wednesday inspiration is perfect for you.
Provencal style is definitely in when it comes to 2013 weddings. It evokes the popular vintage style of 2012, but subdued and with a bit more white space to relax the eye. I like to think of it in terms of Coco Chanel’s quote about looking in to a mirror before heading out the door and removing one accessory. Vintage inspired details, but not to the point where every surface has bits and bobs all about. It’s nature driven relaxation at its finest.
Today I have a gorgeous inspiration board for you and I hope you love it as much as I do!
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Tagged french country, french country style, french country wedding, provencal, provencal style, provencal wedding style, wedding
Number eight on Bride Tide’s 2013 Wedding Trends list, “A return to elegance.” The past few years have seen the rise of vintage wedding style, shabby chic details, and lots of DIY fetes. On the boards and especially on Pinterest, I’ve notice that couples are beginning to post lots of glam inspiration. Sara, of Burnett’s Boards says, “…2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again!” – Sara, Burnett’s Boards
I agree with Sara and I wanted to provide you (especially those newly engaged over the Winter holidays), a jump start on your own glam wedding ‘do. Enjoy the boards and I’d love to hear what your ideas are for your own weddings. Drop me a comment/request and I’ll be happy to put together some inspiration for you and post it on an upcoming Wedding Wednesday. 🙂
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Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m taking a break from all of our Denver snow to bring you a fun inspiration board based on Dala horses. The Dala horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) “has been around for many centuries, and probably was created by Swedish woodcutters in the province of Dalarna near Mora. During the long winters, these lonely men would spend their evenings away from their families, and passed their time by carving little toys for their children.” – http://www.svenskhyllningsfest.org/dala-horse.html . Over the years, it has come to be a symbol for the Swedish community in welcoming others to their towns and homes.
I adore these little horses as they are a nod to my maternal heritage and I like the message they convey: welcome and hospitality. What a great little idea to center one’s wedding around! So, if you like them as much as I do, here is a complementary color palette perfect for incorporation these little creations.
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Tagged dala horse, dala horse wedding, scandinavian wedding, swedish, swedish wedding, wedding
Today’s Saturday’s Latest is a feature on an Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team member whose work I have admired and I’ll be honest, coveted, for a good while. Many brides and grooms choose to have a handfasting ceremony as part of their nuptials (Mr. Wondermous and I will). Be they of Celtic ancestry, belong to an earth based religion, or a secular couple looking to incorporate a bit of long-standing tradition in to their wedding ceremony, the integral part of a handfasting ceremony are the cords that you and your love bind your hands with. It’s a moment that I feel requires the same attention to detail as your centerpieces and wedding day look. Finding all of the bits and bobs for your cord as well as the time it takes to weave all of them together can be a bit daunting. Why not have Claire of Binding Ties make you a breathtaking handfasting cord?
“I married the other half in a fantastic tiny ceremony on a remote beach in Scotland a couple of years ago. We didn’t want a church wedding, and didn’t like the rules that were dictated to us if we got married in a certified location like a stately home, so we had a Humanist ceremony, which meant we could pretty much write the rules ourselves. We had a fantastic time picking a location and planning the whole thing, and we included handfasting as part of the day (I fell in love with the idea after seeing the gorgeous moonlit ceremony in Braveheart years ago!). Trouble was, I really struggled to find any cords that were exactly what I wanted – handfasting has been something that’s been viewed as predominantly pagan until the last few decades, so most cords were a little too un-sparkly for my liking. So I decided to make my own, and a little while after that, Binding Ties was born!”
“Handfasting cords are part of an ancient Celtic wedding tradition, and the origin of the phrase ‘tying the knot’. I create high quality, luxury handfasting cords, as individual and as unique as you and your special day. Cords can be created from satin, silk, velvet, ribbon, lace, or elaborate braiding, or made using more ‘natural’, earthy elements such as leather, suede and cotton. I only use the finest elements, no cheap plastic beads or unravelling cords, and the ends of all strands are either treated to prevent fraying, or fixed into decorative caps which allow for further embellishment. You may only use your cords for one day, but I make them so they last a lifetime.”
Claire has recently begun creating garters as gorgeous and unique as her beautiful handfasting cords. She can even coordinate your garter or jewelry with your cord, giving it the same attention to beauty and detail that prior customers have raved about, “SO AMAZING! The detail and depth, I cannot even believe it! The pictures do it no justice at all. Thank you so much for helping with such an important part of our special day.” Watch the slide show for a taste of Claire’s luxe creations!
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