A Nod To Our Past, While Celebrating Our Future.

Mr. Jet and I both grew up in the same area, just a town apart, into close families who valued weekends, holidays and birthdays spent together. While Mr. Jet’s paternal grandparents both died before he was born, he has great memories of his Avô and Avó (Portuguese for grandfather and grandmother) while growing up.

I grew up in the same town as my paternal grandparents, affectionately known as “Nana” and “Papa”. In case you haven’t been following along, Nana is actually performing our ceremony! We spent many a Sunday dinner at their house eating mashed turnip and carrot mixed (one of my fave vegetables!) and looking at old photos and doing table puzzles. My maternal grandparents lived just two towns away (which felt like MILES when I was young!) and I spent so many weekends cooking and gossiping about neighbors with “Grandma Reilly” and watching Red Sox games with “Grandpa Reilly”.

Since Nana is our only living grandparent between the two of us, it was really important to honor our deceased grandparents in a special way. In addition to adding their names to a section of the program, we also collected some photos of them to display at our venue with a candle lit in their memory.

Without further ado, the Jet Setter Family Tree! (personal photos)

Here are my maternal grandparents—Grandma and Grandpa Reilly—on their wedding day. Recognize the dress?

My paternal grandparents—Papa and Nana—also on their wedding day. I would do ANYTHING for those glasses, Papa. You were so far ahead of your time!

Mr. Jet’s maternal grandparents. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Jet’s grandmother a few years ago when she visited from Florida. She was quite the firecracker at nearly 90 years old! She grabbed my butt and told Mr. Jet’s mother (in Portuguese) that she liked my shape—good for making babies.

Mr. Jet’s paternal grandparents—who died in Portugal before Mr. Jet was born—with a special baby appearance by Mr. Jet’s dad and uncle!

We had our final walk-through of the venue last week and think we found the perfect place to display these:

The sideboard here will be housing a beverage station so I’m thinking we hang one photo on each set of unused) cabinets.

Did you honor any relatives who are no longer with us?


Mrs. Jet Setter

New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
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  1. Member
    valardohaeris 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 am

    Love the photos! And it’s so great that you and Mr. Jet had/have such a close relationship with your grandparents.

  2. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:49 am

    Love this! We also displayed photos from our grandparents’ (and parents’) weddings.

  3. mscamera Bee
    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 8:45 am

    We did the same thing, it turned out great 🙂 It was especially nice for the relatives that were there, they really enjoyed feeling like our grandparents were with them! good idea!!

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    Olivetobe 66 posts, Worker bee @ 10:57 am

    We also did this (plus our parents’ wedding pictures), and it was such a hit! Everyone commented on it.

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:32 am

    This is a sweet idea, and the sideboard is the perfect place for it!

  6. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 2:36 pm

    That’s a wonderful idea! I’m planning on incorporating some family wedding photos somewhere the room too, just not sure where yet. As a guest, I love looking at them!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:17 pm

    What a sweet idea! I am sure all of your families will appreciate seeing the photos.

    P.S. Go Red Sox!!!

  8. jetsetter Bee
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 10:35 am

    @Mrs. Rubber Stamps: YES, GO SOX!!! No more two-for-one fenway franks next season though…a little bummed. 😉

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:06 pm

    This is so sweet, I incorporated photos of my grandparents in our slideshow. I didn’t feel right doing wedding photos since the only living grandparents are divorced, and some were attending with their new partners.

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 2:13 pm

    We had a sweetheart table with all of our loved ones who passed away and then a childhood picture each of my husband and I at the front. That was in the main entrance area. I love these ideas.

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