How many of you are superstitious? I wouldn’t have considered myself a superstitious person until it came time to get married. We decided to continue a lot of the traditional things that are now being left out of wedding celebrations. More couples are now doing a special “first look” where the groom sees the bride for the first time alone instead of in front of the whole ceremony. I didn’t want Eric to see me until I walked down the aisle (it’s supposed to be bad luck!). I even went as far as saying we couldn’t talk on the wedding day. BIG MISTAKE. Poor Eric was so flustered all day and there were a lot of last minute details that he was burdened with that would have been a lot easier for him if we’d been communicating. (Marriage tip: Communication is essential!) I’d advise future brides to go ahead and do a first look. It will really calm you and the groom, you get time to take pictures of just the two of you, and you can make sure all those last minute details are worked out before you say “I do!”.
Another tradition we kept with was: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. This is an easy tradition to continue.
Something old: The earrings and necklace I wore on our wedding day belong to my grandmother Jessie. I was so happy not only to wear them but that she was able to be there to see us get married. They are Austrian Crystal purchased when my grandparents lived in Germany the year my mother was born. Being 50 years old I think they filled the “old” requirement!
Something new: The dress, veil, garter and shoes I wore were all new.
Something borrowed: This is a fun one! All my ADPi bridesmaids let me borrow their pins to wear on my bouquet. Since Mandi is a flight attendant she pinned her wings on. It was so sweet to have borrowed something special from each of them. This certainly represents happiness as those pins represent SO much to each of us.
Something blue: The bottom of my shoes and my garter were both blue. I knew there was no way I would wear heels all day so I found the cutest blue and white flats. They are Betsey Johnson and you can now get them at Nordstrom.