November 9, 2009

{Part of the Mystery}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
Are you planning to follow the little folkloric rhyme, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe,on your wedding day? We actually don't know the exact history or age of the now legendary rhyme, dear to generations of women, but the mystery may be part of the appeal and why modern brides continue to follow its “instruction” for their wedding.

I believe that part of its longevity is not because it’s simple and quaint and easy to follow, but because it calls forth your feminine nature and becomes a gesture of gratitude and inclusion at times when words are not always easily available.(Like if you asked your grandmother if she had a handkerchief  for you to carry on your wedding day; then you are including her in your special day and in your heart.)

As a bride, whether you borrow your grandmother’s handkerchief; carry your aunt’s beaded handbag; wear a friend’s heirloom veil; pin a blue silk ribbon to your corset; or tuck an old coin into your shoe or purse, you have put something magical into motion. This little bridal rhyme, in its intimate whimsy, links you to a long lineage of brides and to the beauty and mystery of womanhood.

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

[Photograph: Beth Ely for Missy McLamb Photography]

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