We love the lavender and gray color scheme! And with lavender continuing to bloom throughout August in New England, it is a perfect color scheme for those later summer weddings. The great thing about lavender, too, is that it can be paired with warmer colors such as creams and golds, tipping it towards a more rustic feel, or it can be paired with silvers and gray greens, like below, making it perfect for beach and coastal settings.
Photo credits: couches by Charleston Event, macaroons by Josh & Rachel Best Photography, straws by Koyal Wholesale, groomsman by The Wedding Day via WeddingChicks, green bridesmaid dress by Origami Creatives via Burnett’s Boards, shoes by Toto Villaruel via Bride & Breakfast, lavender bridesmaid dress by Laura Nelson via Wedding Sparrow, invitation by EdenInvitations on Etsy
Ever wonder why we call getting married “tying the knot” or why a honeymoon is a known as a honeymoon? We scoured the internet for the answers to these questions and more. Below are a few of the fun “facts” we ran across in our search:
Photo by: Millie Holloman Photography
“Tying the knot” comes from a number of different cultures including Celtic, Hindu, and Egyptian, and refers to the practice of the bride’s and groom’s hands literally being tied together during the ceremony to signify the couple’s undying commitment to one another, that they are bound to each other for life.
HUGE numbers of wedding traditions stem from humanity’s fear of evil and devilish spirits. Traditions such as wearing a veil originate from this fear. In ancient Roman society, bride’s veils were even flame colored to most effectively scare off evil. Bridesmaids also used to dress exactly the same as the bride! The thought behind this tradition being that if all of the bridal party looked the same, then the evil spirit wouldn’t be able to single out the bride. A Danish variation of this custom even finds the bride and groom crossdressing in order to fend off evil! And bouquets used to be made from herbs and spices rather than beautiful flowers to protect the bride from evil and sickness (a tradition that is actually becoming vogue once more).
The term “honeymoon” originates from the Norse custom of the bride and groom going into hiding for a month after their wedding, during which friends of the family would bring them a cup of honey wine every day.
Wedding cakes are also shrouded in tradition and lore. The custom of having a wedding cake supposedly originates from the Roman tradition of breaking a loaf of bread over the couple’s head to bless them with future prosperity and fertility. And the tradition of tiered wedding cakes comes from a game of the bride and groom trying to kiss over increasing tall wedding cakes without knocking them over. Cake not only served as a site for couple’s to bond over but was also useful for all the single ladies in the crowd. Supposedly, if a single lady slept with crumbs from the wedding cake under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband.
Cake was not the only element of the wedding ceremony to suggest fertility. The tradition of the flower girl strewing flower petals in front of the bride’s procession also represents fertility, as does the Danish tradition of planting a pine tree outside of the newlywed’s first house.
These and more make up just some of the crazy and fun traditions that surround weddings. And while it may sometimes feel overwhelming to plan your big day, you can now find solace in the notion that absolutely no tradition is set in stone and new ones arise every day. So just have fun!
From emilie inc. on LulaWed:
I was so excited to see Mary-Erin and Kai since I hadn’t seen them together since their engagement session on Mackworth Island last fall. These two have been busy, as Mary-Erin is the Executive Director of the State Democratic Committee, and Kai is an entrepreneur and part-owner of Buoy Local, a new company that supports local businesses. They are total Portlanders, so it only made sense that they would marry here.
Mary-Erin got ready in her childhood home, an amazing older house in the heart of the East End, complete with narrow, steep staircases and beautiful architectural touches. We headed from there to the ceremony, which was held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, where the bride grew up going to grammar school. I loved that it was held in the smaller chapel off to the side, as it lent a cozy, familial feeling to the event. After some quick portraits at the Eastern Prom, we drove up to Shady Lane Farm in New Gloucester for the cocktail hour and reception. It was my first time shooting here, and I truly appreciated the rustic, farm-y vibe, complete with chickens and a sprawling hayfield.
The barn looked stunning with coral touches and succulents scattered along every surface. Cafe lights strung low over the tables cast a warm light over the scene. The evening lingered on in the most relaxed way, with meaningful toasts, delicious food, and finally some serious dancing.
Mary-Erin and Kai, I had such a lovely time with you two and hope to see you (and Mackworth) around town soon!
Thank you, emilie inc. for the beautiful photography! To see more of Mary-Erin and Kai’s wedding, see emilie inc. on LulaWed!
Photography: emilie inc. photography Other: Joseph’s Other: Tark Keely Wedding Planner: Cairn Events Other: Event Light Pros Other: J Crew Other: Custom Coach and Limousine Paper Products: Papier Gourmet Beauty: Rejuvenations Caterer: 111 Maine Catering Venue: Shady Lane Farm
With all of the established social media, email, telephone and texting capabilities out there, you’re probably thinking that it should be easy to plan your wedding in tandem with your fiance, even if you are living far away from each other or have crazy work or travel schedules. There’s comes a point, however, when too many options, too many ways to connect, causes more stress than stress-relief. Wouldn’t it be nice if you and your fiance’s calendar, messages, video calls, and to-do lists were all synched within one private app? An app that had functionality even after the wedding planning was over? We propose for your consideration a new app: Couple. The app has been downloaded by over a million couples so far and purports to do all of the above: private messages between you and your love, video calls and messages, phone calls, synched calendars and to-do lists, all with the added bonus of the Thumbkiss, a feature that lets you and your partner “kiss” via a real time thumbprint on the screen. (Cheesy, we know, but we also kind of love it). Check it out and see whether it’s a good fit for you at couple.me.