Welcome to another Wedding Series post! This one is pretty special.
I thought long and hard about these traditional things a bride is supposed to have on her wedding day. I knew I needed something of my grandma’s, I knew I wanted a crystal by my side, and that I wanted to include my mom somehow. Once I narrowed it down, between my mom and I we checked my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue off of the list pretty quickly.
My something old was my grandmother’s opal ring. We were extremely close when she was alive and to be able to wear something of hers on the biggest day of my life so far meant the world to me. I even wore it when I was in my cousin’s wedding just recently! Something about that ring makes me feel like I have a little piece of her with me, even though I know she’s always with me regardless.
My something new was my wedding dress, of course.
My something borrowed, is a pretty funny story. I actually ended up with two something borroweds! (Extra good luck?) I wanted to wear something of my mother’s too, but we couldn’t think of something that would go with the dress and the vibe, and I was already wearing my grandmother’s ring and had pearl earrings picked out to match my necklace and dress. So a couple of months before my wedding I got my ears pierced a second time so that I could wear my mom’s diamond earrings that my dad had given to her in those new holes.
THEN, my necklace broke at the last minute as I was putting it on, I (completely out of character for me) was calm and said the dress didn’t need a necklace, and proceeded to take our wedding photos without one. But then right as we were finishing up our photos, my Aunt Lisa came and found us and she just happened to be wearing a pearl necklace that matched my dress perfectly! She had heard about my necklace breaking and offered it to me, so I wore that for the ceremony and the rest of the evening.
My something blue is pretty special as well. Thanks to Penny at The Ruby Dragon in Morro Bay, I was able to get my hands on a heart-shaped Amazonite pendant from Brazil, blessed by John of God himself (if you’re into crystals and spirituality you’ll probably know who that is and how special that was to be able to get). When I went to the Ruby Dragon and told Penny I was looking for my something blue (I would settle for blue-ish, any shade really) and I really wanted it to be a crystal that would bring the right vibe of love and calmness to my wedding day, she suggested Amazonite. Among being know as the “hope stone” and being strongly connected to the heart chakra, “Amazonite powers enhance romantic relationships with their ability to facilitate compassionate, rational thinking, in keeping with amazonite meaning. The pale green mineral rock can facilitate the establishment of a new romantic relationship. Amazonite also strengthens marriages with all of the amazonite benefits at the heart of amazonite meaning.”
My mom sewed it underneath and between all of the layers of my dress so that it was with me for the day. To our surprise, when we went to undo the pendant later on, it was gone. Somewhere between the photos, the vows, and the dancing, that little stone had done its job and is forever lost among the vines of Murrieta’s Well.
Everything worked out as it should have and I felt so lucky to have such special things with me on my wedding day.
If you’re married, did you follow this tradition? If so, what did you have as your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? I’d love to hear your special stories in the comments below!
Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios