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1: THE MARRIAGE OF | Susannah & Robert
2: GIRLS GETTING READY
3: SUCH BEAUTY!
8: GROOMSMEN GETTING READY
9: PREPARING FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN MY LIFE...SEEING MY BRIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME
13: "BELIEVE IN HAPPILY EVER AFTER, AND IT WILL COME TRUE"
14: "THIS DAY I WILL MARRY MY FRIEND, THE ONE I LAUGH WITH, LIVE FOR, DREAM WITH, LOVE."
15: OUR WEDDING DAY HAS FINALLY COME!
16: F O R E V E R
18: I LOVE YOU NOT ONLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE, BUT FOR WHO I AM WHEN I AM WITH YOU.
20: "THERE IS ONLY ONE HAPPINESS IN LIFE, TO LOVE AND BE LOVED."
23: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." ~TERESA COLLINS
25: BEST FRIENDS | I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER
28: "A HUNDRED HEARTS WOULD BE TOO FEW TO CARRY ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU."
29: "MAN & WIFE, BEING TWO, ARE ONE IN LOVE." ~ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
30: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
32: THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!
36: The history of the wedding cake goes back as far as the Roman Empire, well before the concept of elaborately icing a cake, was invented. Through the years, the wedding cake has become the focus of a variety of customs and traditions. Some of these customs have survived through time. Some have not. The custom of breaking the cake over the bride’s head is no longer practiced. The tradition may have its roots as far back as the Roman Empire. The groom would eat part of a loaf of barley bread baked especially for the nuptials and break the rest over his bride’s head. History tells us that breaking the bread symbolized the breaking of the bride’s virginal state and the subsequent dominance of the groom over her. As wedding cakes evolved into the larger, more modern version, it became physically impractical to properly break the cake over the bride’s head. The tradition disappeared fairly quickly in some places, but there were still reports of breaking an oatcake or other breakable cakes over the bride’s head in Scotland, in the 19th century. It’s reported that in Northern Scotland, friends of the bride would put a napkin over her head and then proceed to pour a basket of bread over her. It’s hard to say why some traditions endure and some do not, but the obvious male chauvinistic bent of this particular tradition probably leads to its early demise. In Medieval England, cakes were described as breads which were flour-based foods without sweetening. No accounts tell of a special type of cake appearing at wedding ceremonies. There are, however, stories of a custom involving stacking small sweet buns in a large pile in front of the newlyweds. The couple would attempt to kiss over the pile. Success in the process was a sign that there would be many children in their future. . First appearing in the middle of the17th century and well into the early 19th century, was a popular dish called the bride’s pie. The pie was filled with sweet breads, a mince pie, or may have been merely a simple mutton pie. A main “ingredient” was a glass ring. An old adage claimed that the woman who found the ring would be the next to be married. Bride’s pies were by no means universally found at weddings, but there are accounts of these pies being made into the main centerpiece at less affluent ceremonies. The name “bride cakes” emphasized that the bride was the focal point of the wedding. Many other objects also were given the prefix “bride,” such as the bride bed, bridegroom and bridesmaid. By the late 19th century, wedding cakes became really popular, and the use of the bride’s pie disappeared. Early cakes were simple single-tiered plum cakes, with some variations. It was a while before the first multitier wedding cake of today appeared in all its glory. The notion of sleeping with a piece of cake underneath one’s pillow dates back as far as the 17th century and quite probably forms the basis for today’s tradition of giving cake as a “gift.” Legend has it that sleepers will dream of their future spouses if a piece of wedding cake is under their pillow. In the late 18th century this notion led to the curious tradition in which brides would pass tiny crumbs of cake through their rings and then distribute them to guests who could, in turn, place them under their pillows. The custom was curtailed when brides began to get superstitious about taking their rings off after the ceremony. In the minds of most people, wedding cakes are “supposed to be” white. The symbolism attached to the color white, makes explaining this tradition rather simple. White has always denoted purity, a notion as it relates to white wedding cake icing that first appeared in Victorian times. Another way in which a white wedding cake relates to the symbol of purity, has its basis in the fact that the wedding cake was originally referred to as the bride’s cake. This not only highlighted the bride as the central figure of the wedding, but also created a visual link between the bride and the cake. Today, that link is being further strengthened as more contemporary brides have their wedding cakes coordinated with their wedding gown color, even if it’s not white!
37: Before Victorian times, most wedding cakes were also white, but not because of the symbolism. Using the color white for icing had a more pragmatic basis. Ingredients were very difficult to come by, especially those required for icing. White icing required the use of only the finest refined sugar, so the whiter the cake, the more affluent the families appeared. It was due to this fact that a white wedding cake became an outward symbol of affluence. Wedding cakes take center stage in the traditional cake cutting ceremony, symbolically the first task that bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. This is one tradition that most of us have witnessed many times. The first piece of cake is cut by the bride with the “help” of the groom. This task originally was delegated exclusively to the bride. She cut the cake for sharing with her guests. Distributing pieces of cake to one’s guests is a tradition that also dates back to the Roman Empire and continues today. Following the tradition of breaking the bread over the bride’s head, guests would scramble for crumbs that fell to the ground. Presumably, the consumption of such pieces ensured fertility. Howwever, as numbers of wedding party guests grew, so did the size of the wedding cake, making the distribution process impossible for the bride to undertake on her own. Cake cutting became more difficult with early multitier cakes, because the icing had to be hard enough to support the cake’s own weight. This, of necessity, made cutting the cake a joint project. After the cake cutting ceremony, the couple proceeds to feed one other from the first slice. This provides another lovely piece of symbolism, the mutual commitment of bride and groom to provide for one another.
40: "BELIEVE IN HAPPILY EVER AFTER, AND IT WILL COME TRUE"
41: OUR JOURNEY BEGINS...