March 22, 2010

{Something Borrowed from the Heart}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
Women have a long lineage of sharing their precious garments, textiles, and jewelry—as well as things of the heart—with other women to mark a special occasion, especially for weddings. And many times the treasure shared becomes the bride's “something borrowed.”

Sometimes what is offered is more of a symbol, more ephemeral, yet deeply personal and heartfelt. Carol McD. Wallace recounts in her book All Dressed in White: “Each of the women who worked on Princess Elizabeth of England’s wedding gown embroidered a strand of her own hair into the gown, as a way of embodying her good wishes for the princess bride.” There is no limit to how we can share our love.

As you reach out to a future bride to keep the loving connection of beauty and generosity going, your friendship and a hug may be the best “something borrowed” of all!

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

[Photograph: Courtesy of Getty Images]

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