In Athens GA a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a lovely 50’s style wedding. The bride & groom tastefully incorporated the 50’s theme into their day. Guests were asked to dress to match as well. I have to admit–I loved changing up my usual suit a bit and wearing my pink button-up with my black suit. Guests arrived in colorful skirts and dresses and guys wore Zoot suits and even cuffed jeans and white T’s w/ sleeves rolled.
This was an artistic crowd, too. At many weddings, couples will light a unity candle or pour unity sand, but Jessica & Steven chose to pour paint onto a golden canvas. I love this concept–especially for artist! They now have a unique art piece that I am certain will become a family heirloom. What a great idea!
Congratulations, Jessica & Steven!
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
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:
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.