September 15, 2010

{Be a Goddess for a Lifetime}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
The tradition of the white wedding gown is neither universal, nor is it very old. Queen Victoria of England, at her wedding in 1840, was not the first bride to wear white, but her grand influence set the “bridal white” fashion in motion . . . and the rest is history.

Wearing white has always had a ceremonial and regal quality—for whatever occasion—taking on a kind of radiance. In my costume history research exploring goddess mythology, I find a heritage of shimmering white gowns worn by ancient luminous deities who embodied the female essence of beauty, strength, and love. Goddesses all! Perhaps then, as a bride, you are indeed the “epiphany of the goddess.” Hmmm . . . try that on for a moment. (Take a long, slow breath deep into your body and just imagine how it would feel to be a Goddess.) Then allow that goddess awareness to draw you closer to your own feminine nature and breathe in its soulful beauty.

Just know that whatever you wear for your wedding—a white gown, a colorful kimono, or a pair of jeans—you carry something of the goddess spirit with you! Your ritual costume wraps you in a bit of “royal lineage” that now simply becomes a part of who you are. As I’ve told brides for years, Don’t settle for being a “princess for a day”—be a “goddess for a lifetime.”

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

[Photograph: Kristin Spencer]

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