Family is very important in any celebration, especially a wedding. When I suddenly lost my grandmother in 2004 I was devastated at the thought of knowing she wouldn't get to see me walk down the aisle. So when Trevor proposed to me I knew I wanted to incorporate as many of both our ancestors as we could. I had inherited several of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers brooches which are so fancy I never knew what to do with them, until I thought of putting them into my bouquet. They were perfect. To top off my creation I found an old locket that had belonged to my grandma and I added a picture of her and tied it around my flowers, so she was able to walk with me down the aisle after all...it turned out beautiful and it was one of my favorite things on our wedding day!!!
My other favorite thing that I was able to wear was a crystal bracelet that had belonged to my grandmother. My mother found it just weeks before the wedding and it looked stunning on and I felt like a princess.
The other major thing I knew I wanted to incorporate were old family wedding photos. This was a lot of work, but it was so much fun. We found our grandparent, parents; aunts & uncles and great-aunts & uncles wedding photos and it looked marvelous. I displayed them all on an olive tree which was planted in honor of my grandfather who had passed away. I used baby clothes pins that I had found in the flower district in downtown Los Angeles and they were the perfect size.
I loved all the little hand-me-downs that were loaned to us on our wedding day. It was very comforting to know that a little bit of all our ancestors were with us on our special