PHOTO: CARETTO STUDIOS
There are many people, including couples planning their weddings, who believe in omens and superstitions. A common superstition is that rain on a wedding day is bad luck. However; in many regions, cultures and religions, it is actually considered a blessing. Rain is recognized as a cleansing, a new beginning, unity, a symbol of fertility and renewal. For the majority of weddings, and for these sweethearts, rain was certainly not ideal. Although, this rainy day was sure to be a symbol of how they would embrace the uncertain moments together and enjoy the journey along the way.
To create a celebration reflective of this Midwestern couple’s style we mingled elegant and modern touches. Edged with trees, this backyard wedding naturally created a beautiful outdoor setting. Soft white linens identified seating at wooden mission-style tables while allowing the focus to be on the organic backdrop and ivy and fruit table décor. The bouquets continued couple's style with flowers chosen for natural elements--organic, colorful, flowing easily in a loose style. With the rain continuing on and off, the festivities were moved indoors and guests held small china dishes with fare from the food trucks we had stationed in the driveway. We set up a cigar roller on the screened-in porch which the all guests loved. The dj was situated inside as rain was coming and going but as the evening continued with light, sprinkling rain we transitioned the celebration outside placing the dj under a covered porch next to the pool. In keeping with the modern theme, a neon sign read “It was always you” and post-ceremony the bride added a leather jacket embroidered with her new last name.
We represented the event’s fresh and contemporary style with the couple’s desire to show the blending of family traditions and religions through the placement of evil eye amulets at each table setting. Similar to how rain is seen as a blessing, the evil eye amulet is recognized by many regions, cultures and religions for providing protection from misfortunes. In offering this to guests, this couple recognized traditions dating back centuries and shared blessings of good will with those they loved. Quite similar, in fact, to guests having the opportunity to share in dancing alongside the couple as they were blessed by sprinkling rain while starting their new beginning.
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