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Sentimental Things

These are my parents on their wedding day, over 40 years ago. This is one my very favorite pictures of them not only because they're adorable, but because it says so much. My Mom is beautiful in her short lace dress and my Dad, in a final act of defiance, has his pants tucked into his boots. My Mom and Grandma really wanted him to wear his uniform despite his protests, so he did it in his own way. Classic. But the point to all of this is to show you that my Mom cleaned her dress and cut a panel of the lace off of it for me:
I really didn't expect her to just cut it (seriously took me by surprise) but the dress is still mostly in tact and now I have this beautiful piece of lace. We initially attempted to sew it onto the bottom of my veil, but the white just didn't look right next to my ivory dress. So,instead, I am thinking of wrapping it around my bouquet and carrying it down the aisle along with these beauties:
The brooch is my Great Grandmother's and the beautiful pin is my Great Great Grandmother's. The gold earring is my Grandma's...they were given to her by my Grandpa and each of her three daughters wore them when they were married (my Mom included). So my cousin and I split them up and each took one, one of which I tied to my cousin's bouquet when she was married in May. I can't quite decide what to do with all of these beautiful things but the history attached to them means so much to me that I want to use them all! I am thinking of wearing the silver pin in my hair somehow, putting the brooch on my bouquet, and pinning the earring to the inside of my dress. Or perhaps pinning the brooch onto the handkerchief my Aunt made me and the earring onto my bouquet. I just can't decide! I took another picture of the pin on it's own so you can see some of the detail - it's so delicate:
Are you incorporating any heirlooms into your wedding attire?

6 comments:

Melissa's Greetings said...

Those are all so pretty! I am going to be wearing the shoes clips my mom wore on her wedding day too :)

Maggie said...

I love the idea of using your mom's lace... how special! And incorporating those other great pieces will be amazing. I need to come up with a game plan for family heirlooms, bc they are certainly around. Thanks for the inspiration.

The City Sage said...

What a beautiful way to honor your family members! I'm not incorporating any heirlooms into my attire, but we are gathering silver bowls and vases from all my female relatives to hold our centerpieces and other floral arrangements. I love knowing that a part of my family's cherished heirlooms is being used to make my wedding even more special...

Ali said...

i'm all teary reading this.. love the family heirlooms :)

Anonymous said...

At my husband's suggestion, my mother's crystal Rosary beads were woven into my wedding bouquet. It was stunning with the crucifix gently falling/winding through the bouquet designed by my husband. How wonderful since the Rosary beads were a gift from my Father's parents when my Mother joined the Catholic Church. Faith through tradition continues.

Heidi said...

I'm still figuring that out. There are a fewpearl necklaces of my grandmas with the old clasps I could wear. I'm also wearing an old filigrie Aquamarine (my birthstone) ring on my right finger- but that is intended as my "something blue" I also thought about incorprating my grndpa's cross or my great-grandmas broach into my bouquet, or wrapping the bouquet with a lace doily.