Traditional Rice Throwing – Italian Style

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Did you know throwing rice at a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony is perfectly acceptable with the birds? Yes, if birds could talk, they would tell you they will not be harmed by this long standing tradition…that is, unless they fly in the direct path of the flying rice.

Pictured here is the joyous pelting of a bride & groom after their ceremony in Asiago, Italy. I couldn’t help but laugh as I took these photos…between the happy shouting and what must have been at least 100 bags of riso (Italian for rice), this 15-20 minute event was one of the highlights of this particular Italy trip…yes! the B&G had rice thrown at them for THAT long!

If you want to read more about the myth that surfaced regarding rice being harmful for birds, check out the link on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp

Echos of the Dance…

 

Echos of the Dance - ©Georgia P ZumwaltRecently, I have been studying the great photographic works of David Hockney. Mr Hockney created amazing works of art with multiple photographs of just one scene. What you see here is my attempt to create a similar style of art. Resting on this old trunk, this old Hohner accordion holds untold memories of music that must have brought joy to many. Was it played at a wedding? Did it sing the sounds of beloved old anthems from someone’s home country? We will never know. I found this beautiful piece sitting by itself in an antique store a while ago. It’s a circa 1930’s instrument…and it was begging to be revived. I hope the echos of the dances that made people smile breathe through the bellows of this accordion very soon.

This Kiss…

Although today is NOT International Kissing Day (it is actually on July 6th), I see no reason why we can’t warm up and practice for the actual holiday….don’t you agree? 🙂

Bridal Show Promo Code – discount tickets for this Sunday!

Come by our booth at the Georgia Bridal Fair this Sunday to find out the special booking offers we have!

Come by our booth at the Georgia Bridal Fair this Sunday for special booking offers!

Check out the Zumwalt Gallery booth #52 this Sunday…We have a very special gift for Brides who book their professional wedding photography with us at the show!

The Georgia Bridal Show is this Sunday, January 27th at the Gwinnett Center from 12:00-5:00pm with the fashion show at 3:45pm. Go to the event website at www.eliteevents.com for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.
The Promo Code GWINNETT127 will save you an extra $2 on tickets purchased at website. When you purchase tickets at www.eliteevents.com and enter the Promo Code GWINNETT127 you will receive tickets for only $8!

And don’t forget to create that special bridal show e-mail account…just a suggestion. Read here for details.

See you on Sunday!

What does “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue” mean?

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I love traditions! Especially this one. Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…a collection of gifts given just before the ceremony. These tokens each represent special meanings:

Old: continuity
New: brand new future
Borrowed: cherished relationships
Blue: faithfulness, purity & loyalty

Although I admit…when I got married, I made sure I had these items arranged before the day of the wedding. It wasn’t until later that I found out these items were traditionally given to the bride at the 11th hour…but who cares! I was eating chocolate donuts at the 11th hour! I’m just glad I added the “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue” tradition to my celebration.

It is fun carrying on traditions…make sure to ask the ladies in your family (and your husband-to-be’s family) what additional traditions that they carried on. Tradition is history. And your wedding is the new chapter in history; it is the story you are beginning to write.

For additional fun facts on this “Something Old” tradition, check out this link to The Knot – it has a bit more fun detail.