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I've loved watching my friends get married over the last few years--in addition to the complete joy of witnessing two souls promise their love and fidelity to each other for eternity, before the One who brought them together, I particularly enjoy all the little reveals a wedding day brings: the bride in her dress (no matter if you've already seen the dress, or even her in it, there's something entirely different and special about watching her wear it as the doors open and she makes her way up the aisle), the music and readings the couple chooses for their liturgy, their first dance, and the funny stories I might not have heard before that come up during toasts.
Those sorts of wedding deets are the big, surface-level ones, which, don't get me wrong, are awesome in their own right. But I also love hearing about the more hidden aspects that go into the day, which brings me to this linkup. Tell me about your somethings old, new, borrowed, and blue! Often, these items have the most special, traditional, or romantic stories attached, and they aren't always obvious or well-known. I think they deserve to be shared, so if you're up for it, spill! I'll go first.
I didn't initially put a huge amount of thought into my special somethings until right before my wedding. Everyone in my family was so stressed leading up to the big day, and I was trying, probably a little too hard, to make a point of being laid-back. So, while the idea of carrying these four items as a bridal tradition was appealing to me, I sort of figured they'd just fall into place.
|All photos by Natalie Franke Photography|
That was why, until about a week beforehand, I figured I had the Something Old box checked with the pearl earrings I wear almost every day. Honestly, I just buy a new, cheap pair from Claire's every year or so, the bigger the better, and I didn't see a reason to get new ones for my wedding day when the ones I'd been wearing were perfectly serviceable.
My mom surprised me, though, with a last-minute DIY. She bought a locket to attach to my bouquet, its frame intended for a photo of me as a baby with her dad, my grandfather, who died when I was three. In went the picture, out flowed my tears, and on the back she wrote "Papa te ama," Spanish for "Papa loves you." Yes. That little photo from years ago was a treasure, and a much worthier something old. My sister will carry the same locket (with a different photo, of course) when it's her turn one day!
Something New is an easy one when getting married means buying more stuff than you've ever bought in your life. I'll go with my dress, which you can read more about here. This was a little before the dawn of photogenic, Pinteresty hangers, but here she is, accompanied by my grandma (She's been a seamstress her whole life and disapproved of the hemming job that was done. The gown was still a little long, so she actually basted a new hem for me, making me stand perfectly still while eating cocktail meatballs--she also in her very Grandma way made me eat--between the Mass and reception! She's a champ). It's a strapless, slub-textured silk ball gown with a sash. Clean and classic, just like I wanted. And it had pockets, which I actually used! I wish it were socially acceptable to wear it again.
I didn't have anything Borrowed picked out, but I should've known I was bound to forget something important until I realized I needed it. The wedding was on Andrew's and my college campus, which meant getting ready about an hour and a half from my parents' house and all of my stuff that still resided there. As I was getting ready for bed the night before, I found out the only outfit I'd packed for all the prep time was a low-cut dress I usually wear as a layer, but I hadn't brought an extra cami or sweater to wear it with. Since I didn't want a bunch of my wedding photos to have all the goods on display, I called my friend and bridesmaid Beth around midnight and asked her to bring me a button-up shirt I could wear over the dress while I got my hair done and put on makeup, one that I told her I shallowly hoped would look okay on camera. "Only the best for my Stephy," she assured me. She delivered. Here's photographic evidence that I was moved to hug her for letting me borrow that gingham.
My Something Blue was the only item I'd had chosen for ages. Blue undies, y'all. Self-explanatory.
No problem if you don't have a blog--I'd still love to hear about your special day! Leave a comment and share your wedding Somethings there.