When brides are planning their wedding you will instinctively hear someone ask ‘What is your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?’ Well this past weekend my parents Russell and Marian Vassar celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary – by all means a very joyous time for family, relatives and friends. As we have always said in planning a wedding, “inspiration is all around you, everywhere you look.”
As I was planning different aspects of the anniversary party I was working on re-creating the look and culinary details of their wedding back in 1950, which took place in a little town in northern Wisconsin called Florence. As I looked at images, I thought it would be great to have a duplicate of my mom’s bridal bouquet made for the Blessing of the Marriage after the Saturday evening Catholic Mass.
I worked with the very talented Sassafras Floral + Garden Design in Minneapolis to recreate the bouquet. My mom’s bouquet included white gladiola blossoms and red roses, along with her mother’s Rosary, with a bow of tulle and was tied with a wide white satin ribbon. The bouquet was beautiful as the image above reveals and I found myself starring at it as though it was the original and I had been transformed back in time.
The net of this is that, if you are thinking and thinking about what to do to remember your parents, or what to have for your something old; and not wanting a handkerchief, or wearing your mother’s gown that won’t fit, perhaps you may want to carry a replica of her bridal bouquet…it’s sure to bring back memories along with tears of joy!
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!