A wedding is a tradition in and of itself, but within a wedding there are many opportunities for a couple to connect to their history, heritage, family, and values. We’re excited to introduce this new series, Wedding Traditions, where real brides and grooms share the traditions they included in their big day, and what the tradition means to them.

 

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service of the crowning, greek wedding tradition service of the crowning, greek wedding tradition

Photo: Christine Gosch
From the bride, Valerie: “James and I had a BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. And, as most Greek weddings are, it was an Orthodox wedding. One of the most important parts of an Orthodox wedding is the Service of the Crowning, in which the bride and groom wear crowns called Stefana and are blessed. These Stefana are signs of glory and honor with which God crowns them during the sacrament of marriage. The crowns are joined by a ribbon which symbolizes the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple and establishes them as King and Queen of their home, which they are to rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity. Our crowns worn during our wedding were actually purchased by my husband’s Nouna (godmother) in Greece and brought back and given to us as a gift! It is still one of the most precious and important pieces of our wedding that we will cherish forever.”

Did you include any meaningful traditions in your wedding? Send us a pic and a paragraph at hello@snippetandink.com

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Pretty and yummy: sugar cookies with flowers from Leela Cyd’s Food With Friends.

Which hat would you choose for summer: beachy floppy or preppy boat-y?

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Photographing the dark side of American gilded youth.

Lemon meringue ice cream sounds so good.

Speaking of ice cream, I’m pretty sure these are not ice cream sandwiches, but I wish they were.

Enamel pin of the week: This jar of stars has me dreaming of summer.

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Spring is a favorite season for flower enthusiasts for obvious reasons. There are bursts of bright new foliage and everywhere you turn trees are covered in blossoms. Some of our favorite flowers in April are magnolias, and if timed right, they will bloom and open to the most show stopping and wow factor arrangements. Today, Snippet & Ink Select vendor, McKenzie Powell, shares her favorite blooms in this month’s seasonal flowers feature.

Photography by Catherine Abegg.

 

April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms

 

Tulip magnolia and apple blossoms paired with star magnolia, and beautifully hanging pieris, make this the perfect arrangement for any Spring wedding.

 

April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms

 

Flowers included in this arrangement:  Tulip magnolia, star magnolia, pieris, forget-me-not, hellebores, spirea, young maple tree foliage and apple blossoms.

 

April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms

(tulip magnolia)

 

April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms

(star magnolia)

 

The star magnolia adds a luxurious and feminine tone, all while still feeling wild and unfussy.

 

April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms April Seasonal Flowers with Tulip magnolia, Star magnolia, Pieris, Forget-Me-Nots, Hellebores, Spirea, Young maple tree foliage and Apple blossoms

 

Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.

Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Photography: Catherine Abegg

 

McKenzie Powell is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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Doc and Edith on their wedding day, 1945.

 

Thanks to Alicia for sharing this photo of her grandparents. From Alicia: Doc and Edith met on a slow train through Georgia.  He was so enamored with her that he started writing her letters and sending her books. One day, he surprised her by showing up at her school. Although he didn’t realize how far her school was from the Nashville train station and had to ask her for money to cover his taxi.

They married at West End Church in Nashville, Tennessee on September 8, 1945. My grandfather served in WWII and remained in the Navy, eventually retiring as a Commander after they made thirteen permanent moves in twelve years with all five children in tow. They even were stationed in Hawaii before it became a state! After the Navy he became an engineering professor. They were married 62 years and lived to be 89 and 92. They had a love that lasted a lifetime; held hands up until my grandfather passed. They were amazing and beautiful people who lived life to the fullest. They are survived by five children, thirteen grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren. 

 

We’d love to see your Vintage Bride submissions. Email us for a chance to be featured!

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