This tradition stems from an Old English rhyme and holds the superstition that if a bride carries these items on her wedding day, she will have a long and successful marriage. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.
Historically, family members and close friends have given these items to the bride in her eleventh hour, however, brides are opting to take reign of this tradition and purposely include these items into their wedding wardrobe. While the dress is commonly the something new, and old and borrowed are family heirlooms, brides are getting creative with their something blues. Here is a collection of our favorite something blue ideas. Whether you are going for something traditional or incredibly unique, we know you will find something you love!
Have another unique spin on this tradition? We’d love to hear it! Please share your idea so brides can use it as their something “borrowed.”
Grab the tissues ladies…this is a tear jerker!
As we all know, one of the most anticipated moments for any bride’s wedding is being able to dance with her dad to a special song. Unfortunately, Andrea’s father, Mark, passed away shortly before her wedding after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Knowing how much this dance meant to her, Andrea’s brother Nick created a way to not only honor their dad, but to ensure that Andrea still had her special dance. He previously recorded himself singing the song “Butterfly Kisses” and enlisted a few special men to take turns dancing with Andrea during the traditional Father/Daughter dance. Andrea’s first dance is with her grandfather, followed by her brothers Luke and Nick and ended with her her new father-in-law Scott. As touching as this story is, I have to give credit to Andrea for staying so composed. This moment must have been incredibly difficult for her, yet she was able to hold it all together.
Personally, I was crying like a baby!
February 2nd, otherwise known as Groundhog Day, is upon us again. The not so celebrated holiday stars our favorite rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, who makes his way out of his hole after a long winters sleep in search of his shadow. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Bill Murray made light of this honored tradition while starring in the 1993 comedy, Groundhog Day. In the film, Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.
Since most couples dream of reliving their wedding day, it comes as no surprise to us that they are jumping at the opportunity to be married alongside Punxsutawney Phil on the most important day of his year. That’s right! Groundhog Day Weddings are held in “Phil’s Wedding Chapel” located in Punxsutawney and are officiated by the Mayor of the city. While there is no guarantee the day will be repeated, the memory of being married alongside the worlds most famous groundhog will surly relive over and over again in memories of you and your guests.
For more information on partaking in a Groundhog Day Wedding at Phil’s Wedding Chapel, check out their website at: www.groundhog.org
This past Sunday, Kelly Heyn, the owner of SociaLife Event Planning and Production, was featured in the “Working Woman” column of the Asbury Park Press. After her work had been noticed at a recent charity event, and she was asked by an Asbury Park Press representative if she would be interested in sharing her story. “I have been reading this column for years and have always admired the many woman featured. The business women that are featured come from so many different backgrounds, but each have succeeded with the same goal: to create a business that allows them to follow their passion.”
“Event Planning is my passion. I feel very fortunate to have been asked to participate and I enjoyed sharing my story. I hope that it might inspire other women who are at a crossroads in their life and might be considering a career change. Whether event planning or something else, life is too short and I believe it should be spent doing what you love.”
Access the full story by clicking on the link: “Planning the Big Day”
Special thank you to Lindsey Marrazzo, one of our December brides, for allowing us to photograph her meeting with Kelly. Also thanks to John of Heyn Photography for taking time out of his busy schedule to photograph their session and to Chantal Gabel for using her incredibly gifted writing skills to help us put together this story.