December 14, 2009

{Orange Blossom Legacy}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
In bridal folklore, the fragrant orange blossom became legendary. Native to China and one of the rare plants that blooms and bears fruit at the same time, the orange tree’s aromatic flowers became symbolic of fruitfulness and fertility. Inspired by the legend as well as its gloriously romantic scent, ancient brides in Mediterranean countries wrapped the creamy white blossoms and delicate greenery into nuptial halos. All wedding rituals are rooted in this hopeful promise of the continuity of life that the orange blossom epitomizes.

Whatever flowers you wear or carry on your wedding day—mixing nature’s fragrances and textures—they are beautiful reminders of that promise of abundance. Life follows life, and love makes it all worthwhile. Here’s a suggestion; give some of your wedding flowers to a little girl to take home with her…continuing the legacy and the love.

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

[Photograph of vintage wax orange blossom wreath from Cornelia Powell Antiques Inc. circa 1994]

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