Wedding Traditions Answered

November 13, 2014

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There are numerous wedding traditions that happen at almost every wedding I’ve attended/photographed and thanks to a recent bridal shower I attended, I’m excited to do an entire blog post devoted to giving you some “answers” as to why certain traditions exist!  So, enjoy a cup of coffee on this cool day and play along to see how many you know!  If you’ve heard of a different answer, please leave your take in the comment section!

 

Why do we designate a specific ring finger?

The left ‘ring finger’ contains the vein of love.  In the third century B.C. physicians with their misguided interpretation of human anatomy thought that a vein of blood ran directly from the third finger on the left hand to the heart.  The vein was called vena amoris, or the vein of love.  Thus, it was compelling and logical that the third finger should be the perfect part of the body to bear a ring symbolizing eternal love and commitment.

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Why does the bride wear a veil?

It was believed that a veil wards off evil spirits by disguising the bride.  The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that a bride’s veil would ward off evil spirits and magically protect her from harm. Brides were veiled from head to toe, and only the husband could see the bride unveiled – so he could make sure he was indeed marrying the correct woman.

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Why does the bride wear a white gown?

This shows the brie and groom are considered royalty.  In 1499, Anne of Brittany wore the first knon white wedding dress in her wedding to Louis XII of France.  Women just wore their best dress up until then, but as people loved to follow the example of royalty, white wedding dresses started to be in vogue after that.

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Why does the bride stand on the left of the groom?

In order to defend his bride, the groom’s sword arm – his right arm must be free.

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Why does the bride carry a bouquet?

The carrying of a bouquet guarantees the couple many chances to have kids as flowers were originally integrated into wedding ceremonies as a symbol of fertility.  The very first bouquets were made of herbs, but as time passed, brides began clamoring for something a bit more glamorous.

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Why does the groom wear a boutonniere?

Throughout the Middle Ages, a knight going into battle or entering a jousting tournament often donned a token ribbon, scarf, flower or pennant of his lady’s family crest over the left arm of his armor, where it was close to his heart. This is where we get the popular expression, “wearing your heart on your sleeve.” Wearing a lady’s colors was considered the epitome of chivalry since it signified that he was fighting for her specifically. Modern men have adapted this centuries-old tradition by choosing a flower from the bride’s bouquet to pin upon the left lapel of the wedding suit.

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Why do we serve wedding cake to guests?

During ancient times, wedding ceremonies were finalized by breaking a large loaf of bread above the head of the bride. After the loaf was broken, the wedding guests would gather the crumbs as tokens of good luck. Eventually, the bread was replaced by cakes which became more elaborate over the centuries.

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Why does the couple cut the wedding cake together?

It symbolizes the couple’s shared future together as it is the first time the newlywed couple breaks bread as husband and wife, and it also demonstrates their pledge to support and nourish one another.

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Why does the wedding party dress alike?

The tradition of having members of the wedding party dress alike was started with the hopes that evil spirits will become confused and have a more difficult time distinguishing which one is the bride and prevent putting a hex on her.

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Why do we tie cans to the wedding car?

Tying tin cans to the back of the newlywed’s car recalls the ancient tradition of making loud noise to frighten away evil spirits.

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Why does the bride wear something blue?

“something blue” is a symbol of fidelity and constancy. This custom began in ancient Israel when during biblical times the color of purity was blue, not white.

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 Why do we have a ring bearer?

 The actual ring bearer tradition is believed to have evolved out of the Medieval era, where a young servant called a page, had the job of holding the bride’s train down the aisle along with a prayer book. Around this time, the actual ring for the bride was carried on a tip of a sword, which sounds a tiny bit scary. Fortunately, after a while, wealthy families added the pillow into the ceremony because pillow’s were very rare around that time, and were a way to show off their wealth. They also asymbolized good fortune for the couple. The rings were then tied onto the pillow to ensure that they wouldn’t be lost

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Why do we have a flower girl?

a) It is a fertility rite tradtion from ancient times. It was thought that strewing the path before a bride with flower petals would make her more fertile and cause her to get pregnant more quickly.

b) Apparently, back in the “old days” people didn’t wear shoes and their feet stunk. So they threw flower petals to keep the stink down to a minimum. Or the strong smell warded off evil spirits.

c) It originated so that brides wouldn’t have to walk on the dirt so flower girls would ‘pave’ the way with flower petals to keep the bottom of the brides dress clean.

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Why does the bride throw her bouquet?

The tossing of the bridal bouquet is a custom that roots in England and was believed to be a way for the bride to pass along her good fortune to others. Bridal guests would try and tear away pieces of the bride’s clothing and flowers in order to obtain this fortune. In attempt to get away from this tearing of her gown, the bride would toss her bouquet into the crowd. As tradition says, the single lady who catches the bouquet has received the bride’s fortune and will be next in line to marry.

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Why does the groom throw the garter?

Back in the 14th century England, wedding guests believed that owning a piece of the brides wedding dress would bring them good luck. The bride’s dress was literally torn. In order to keep the dress intact, they began throwing bridal garters to the male guests. The men often times would become too rowdy and attempt to remove the garter from the bride themselves. It eventually became custom for the groom to remove the bridal garter from his brides leg and throw it himself. The lucky man who catches the garter when it is thrown is said to be the next in line to marry. It also was a chance for the single men to share in the good fortune of the groom.

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Did any of those surprise you?  Any other traditions you want to hear about?  Have a wonderful day and weekend!!

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Megan & Daniel’s 6 year Wedding Anniversary

November 10, 2014

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This is one special family….and I’m so thankful that I got to spend some time with them a few weeks ago updating their family photos!!   You see, Daniel & Megan’s wedding – Nov. 8, 2008 was the very first wedding I ever had the honor of photographing!  It’s been exactly those last 6 years since I’ve seen them in person and couldn’t wait to meet their now beautiful family consisting of Joseph and Bonnie!  Now that we’re both back in Austin, it’s been great catching up and remembering the journey that started 6 years ago for them…and for me!  I never dreamed then how much I would LOVE being a wedding photographer – and am so thankful they gave me a chance which has led to where I am today!  Happy Anniversary you two – you will always have a special place in my heart!  (Special shout out thank you to my best friend Andria Schwind for meeting me in Florida that weekend to shoot this wedding with me!!  What memories!!)

And since we’re talking about their wedding anniversary and the start of my business…why not share a few photos from my first wedding ever!!

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Gotta love my ‘work’ polo I had made with my original logo!

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Congratulations you two – Nov. 8th 2008

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Freyday – Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

November 7, 2014

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET FUR-BABY!!!   You guys know how much I LOVE and adore my Kayla and today is her 10th birthday!!  So to celebrate, I’ve compiled a group of photos to dedicate to her and for me to have to look back on!  This sweet girl has been the most perfect addition to our family and I’m sure she’ll get some extra treats today…and maybe a new toy!

A few fun facts:

- Kayla was born Nov 7, 2004 on a Horse Farm in Virginia to Lady Lucy II and White King III

- She’s taken 3 driving trips across the country & lived in 8 different houses with us in 10 years!

- She’s part of a family tradition….we’ve had Westies since my mom was younger – Kristy was the first, then KC, now Kayla and her cousin Kylie!  (We were cool before the Kardashians, right?!)

- She’s a delicate eater and has to taste test what you’re giving her before she eats it – we know she doesn’t like vegetables or anything green – but hand her a carrot or peanut butter and she thinks it’s the best treat in the world!

- We’ve tried for years to get her to swim at Bass Lake and she really hates being in the water, but does well on boat rides!

- She LOVES cats

-She survived a vicious raccoon attack at Bass Lake a few years ago that was one for the Frey family cabin memories!

 -She’s a lover, snuggler and enjoys her nightly routine of kisses for Eric!

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Baby Kayla when we first got her!!!  January 2004

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BEST Christmas bag ever.  Like really – pretty sure she could model.kayla dog 11 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla! Christmastime is our favorite!!kayla dog 12 1024x768 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

Thanks Uncle James for making her look awesome in your motorcycle glassees – makes me laugh everytime!kayla dog 14 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla! She hates being a reindeer.kayla dog 15 1024x1024 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

I went there.  Silly me, thinking she could fit into a 9 month Cinderella onesie icon wink Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!  Still one of the funniest photos!kayla dog 16 768x1024 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

With her cousin Kylie – grooming day, the only day these two ever look alike!! kayla dog 17 1024x1024 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

She kills raccoons.  Seriously – well sortof – she got attacked by 4 one night at our cabin and survived without a scratch!kayla dog 18 1024x1024 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

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Trying out baby boy’s new stroller……we think she approves?!  Can’t wait to see her with the baby soon!!kayla dog 26 1024x1024 Freyday   Happy 10th Birthday Kayla!

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Austin Engagement Photos – Hill Country – Alex & Jessica

November 5, 2014

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Oh, that beautiful Texas Hill Country sunset light…..makes for a perfect time of day to photograph love!  After emailiing back and forth the past few months, I was so excited to finally meet Alex and Jessica for their Hill Country engagement photo shoot and met them at Camp Ben. Seeing Jessica jump out of the car in a gorgeous sparkling dress and heels, I knew we were in for fun and I love the contrast of nature and glamour.  Doesn’t she look stunning!  I really enjoyed meeting these two and they made my job so easy as their love radiated for each other and excitement over the next stage of life together – it’s always such a joy to photograph this time in couple’s lives as they plan their forever together!   Alex & Jessica – thank you for choosing me, for helping this preggo lady around a creek bed and I wish you two nothing but happiness and adventures together!!  Congratulations!

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About this time in our shoot, I was expecting Jessica’s sweet sister and mom to stop by to surprise Alex & Jessica with their sweet fur baby Lulu!  They had wanted to have her in photos, but logistics didn’t work out…..or did they?!?  I absolutely loved seeing how excited and surprised Jessica was to see Lu and we got to incorporate her into photos the rest of the shoot and I was so thankful to have some help with Jessica’s sweet sister!

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Champagne toasts are always fun – especially when you shake up the bottle, huh Alex?!
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We then headed down into the creek bed for some gorgeous shots with the amazing cypress trees!Hill Country engagement photos 28 1024x681 Austin Engagement Photos   Hill Country   Alex & Jessica

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 Congratulations Alex & Jessica!!!

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Austin Engagement Photos – South Congress – Kary & Jim

October 30, 2014

Austin is definitely the place to be you guys – or at least to celebrate your wedding!!  It truly has become a great ‘destination’ city to bring your family and friends to with so much to offer for delicious food and entertainment!  That’s exactly what Jim & Kary are doing next spring for their wedding day…..hoping their guests come visit Austin, a city they both love and experience some good food and fun!  After phone calls and emails the past few months, I was so excited these two were coming to town from Atlanta for ACL (Austin City Limits Festival) last weekend so what better time to meet up and get some engagement photos taken?!  They wanted an “Austin” vibe so we hit some of the iconic murals and had a great time – I just adore how much Jim makes Kary smile and her laughter was contagious!  We had a wonderful time exploring the South Congress area and I’m so excited to share some of my favorites from their Austin engagement photo shoot!! Enjoy!!

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 Congratulations Jim & Kary!!!  I can’t wait for your wedding day next spring!!!

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