Upon arrival, some of the first images our videographer and photographer captured were the “little details.” Among those were my “somethings” for the day. Many bees around these parts have spoken about their choices for the wedding day (Castle, Dragon, and Lyre, to name a few) and today will be Turkey’s take on the tradition.
You already know the saying: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
The “somethings” didn’t warrant a huge amount of attention during wedding preparations, but in the end, they fell nicely into place. I’ll give a little background on these traditions as I share the details that were incorporated into our day.
This is supposed to represent the bride’s ancestors and, in many cases, manifests itself as a piece of jewelry handed down from generation to generation.
I was lucky enough to be able to represent both sides of my family with this tradition with four old “somethings.”
On Turkey Mom’s side, there were three items that joined me on my wedding day. First, covering my bouquet stems was lace from Turkey Mom’s beautiful wedding veil.
Another great photo of Turkey Mom & Dad’s wedding day
Along with that lace were rings from my maternal great-grandmother, which were in the care of my grandma. Turkey Mom had them refinished prior to the wedding, and they were beautiful and sparkling (we didn’t know they were 18-karat gold until this process). It was a wonderful way to have my grandmother with me on the wedding day, since she was unable to travel.
Closeup of my bouquet with the lace and rings (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
These elements were pretty “usual” in terms of what they were and also where they were placed. However, our floral designer, Evantine, did something a bit more unexpected with the final “something old.”
This item came from my godmother and Turkey Dad’s aunt, Zizi. Turkey Dad lost his mother very young in life and was raised by Zizi. She was, in every way, a grandmother to me, and sadly passed away a few years ago.
An old photo with Zizi in her kitchen (To this day I can’t find sausage & peppers as good as hers.)
I am lucky enough to have several pieces of jewelry from her, including a clover charm. It seemed fitting to have something “lucky” with me on such a special day, and instead of placing it with the rings, Evantine gave it a spot of its own!
Evantine “hid” the clover in the middle of my bouquet. (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
This is meant to illustrate the bride and groom looking toward the future. Often brides will consider their dress or rings to be the “new” element.
Going off this, I actually had three new “somethings.” (Geez, for not focusing on this, I had quite a collection.)
First, my brand new wedding band.
Then the dress.
And finally, a beautiful wedding-day gift courtesy of Mr. Turkey.
WOW (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
Showing off my new earrings (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
Closeup on the sparkle (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
I had planned on wearing simple studs on the day, but Mr. Turkey chose these stunning diamond earrings (working again with our hometown jeweler), and they were the perfect accent to my bridal attire!
This is meant to represent friends and family that will surround the bride both on her wedding day and in the future. The item borrowed should be from another happily wedded woman, in the hopes that their luck in marriage will transfer to the new couple.
With a rather intricate wedding dress, Turkey Mom and I struggled with jewelry to complete my “look.” During the first fitting, we tried on a few different necklaces and ultimately decided on a simple necklace of hers. By default, this became my “something borrowed.”
Diamond necklace from Turkey Mom (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
Besides being happy to have something else of Turkey Mom’s with me on wedding day (she is pretty special, after all), I can only hope the luck does pass on—she and Turkey Dad will celebrate 33 years of marriage in August!
This part of the tradition seems the most “old fashioned.” In ancient times, it represented purity, faithfulness, and loyalty. Many brides bring this element to the day in the form of a garter.
My blue “something” was the first piece of the tradition that came together. Months ago, I told you all about how I was dead set on blue shoes and hoped I wouldn’t cheat on the beautiful Kate Spade Lavish.
Shoes on top of their cute storage bag—thanks, Turkey Mom. (Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography)
I am happy to report that the Lavish made it all the way to the wedding day and, even more importantly, through most of the evening without causing me pain!
Tell us, hive…are you planning to bring in the “somethings” to your day? If so, please share what they are!
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