Photo courtesy of Ellie Wren.
I’m a sucker for tradition—especially when it comes to weddings—and I particularly love the phrase that is intended to bring the bride good luck on her wedding day: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Here’s how I’ll be using that ancient adage to guide me in accessorizing my bridal style.
For generations, the women in my family have carried a hankie on their wedding day. Originally owned by my great-great-grandpa’s sister, the white embroidered cloth has found a place in the purse of my great-grandma, my grandma, my great-aunt, three aunts, and my mom on the day they said, “I do.” It's about 200 years old, and I am honored to incorporate it into my special day.
It’s great when brides choose to wear the wedding gown of their mom or grandma, but for me that just wasn’t an option. First of all, my mom is much shorter than me, and when my sister and I tried it on for fun, it came nowhere near fitting. But beyond that, I wouldn’t trade that once-in-a-lifetime dress-shopping experience for anything. So my Posh Bridal Couture dress and veil, both a gift from my parents, will serve as my “new” items.
After I found my dress, my mom pulled out the earrings she wore on her wedding day in 1990. The ivory drop pearls with a little bit of sparkle are a perfect match to the satin creation (I don’t want to give away the silhouette!) I’ll wear down the aisle. They are classic and glamorous, and I love that they symbolize my parents’ marriage 26 years ago.
Since most of my look is ivory-hued, I was really craving a pop of color. A friend who got married a few years ago wore blue heels on her wedding day, and I fell in love with the idea. I searched many stores throughout the Twin Cities, and when I couldn’t find the shade I was looking for (navy), I turned to Etsy. There I was able to find a woman and her team in Colorado—working under the name Ellie Wren—who make custom wedding shoes. For the record, the shoes shown in this post are not mine, but one of the company's many gorgeous creations. As a surprise for my fiancé (don’t worry, I already told him not to read this blog post), I had the soles painted glittery orange (which, along with the navy, nod to his favorite football team: the Denver Broncos) and inscribed with a special message. I can’t wait to see his reaction on our big day. Not to mention, the fun accessory will make for some great photos!
If you know how the rhyme goes, all that's left now is to find a sixpence to put in said shoes. How are you planning to accesorize your dress? I would love to hear about your "something" items.