December 27, 2012

Lovers Alway...

 If you've been a friend of my blog for a while, you may have learned that
symbolism is a huge thing to me. I find great pleasure in creating symbolism
 in my projects, especially in the garments I design for special occasions. 

Knowing that, it should come as no surprise to you that I was sure to
incorporate touches of symbolism (through family history) into 
our wedding ceremony when Handsome and I tied the knot.
 When I walked down the aisle to marry my Prince Charming, I carried 
this beautiful, little book in my hands, under my wedding bouquet of 
red and white roses. I had covered it in white lace to match my gown.
 The book was copyrighted in 1902, and contains verses of love, fealty 
and wedded bliss. There are also vows contained within its covers.
Are you wondering where the symbolism fits into this picture?
 This book was originally carried by Handsome's maternal grandmother,
Daisy when she married Charles in April, 1905. The dedication page was
completed by the "clergyman" (Floyd Eugene Doms) who performed 
their ceremony in Los Angeles, California all those years before ours.

It was as though all the generations before us were there on our wedding day.
It wasn't just a matter of "something old, something new, something borrowed, 
or something blue". We were enveloped in all the love and promise of a 
happy future embodied in the symbol carried by Daisy, and again by me.

I don't know if Handsome's mom, Evelyn also carried this book, but I've
added a note to stay within it's covers to tell future Liljegren brides that
I also held this book in my hands as I repeated my vows to my husband.

I hope that the next bride to carry it will continue the tradition of adding
their name, and perhaps a few reflections of their wedding day for
other generations to read. I hope that the symbolism of the act is not
lost, and perhaps our grandson's bride or our granddaughters will choose
to carry this little book - long in the future! - when they make their promises.
We'd really like that.
Although this is a lovely and happy memory for me, it's not my next post
for Memory Lane Monday. (After all, it's not even Monday yet!)

I will be writing my last Memory Lane Monday post on New Year's Eve. I bet
you have a story just waiting to be shared with your blog friends, and I'd love
it if you'd write about it on your blog and then come back here to link up.
 If you prefer to just stop by, read my post and leave a note, that's cool, too.
 I've been planning a special dedication for my last MLM post and I hope you'll
 spend a few minutes with me before you ring in the new year with your loved ones.

5 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Jeannie B. said...

What a wonderful memory to have. And such a sweet connection to family.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

How sweet, Donna. A lovely tradition! Twyla

Kris said...

Oh, Donna - what a most wonderful memory to share with us!! Thank you!!!

Createology said...

Memories are all about those special times we cherish and want to remember. This is a wonderful tribute to the love that carries through your family. Blessings dear...

Queenie Believe said...

What a beautiful and cherished tradition!!!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie


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