Photo by: Amber Engfer Photography
While hitchhikers and and angry drivers may disagree, most would argue that the ring finger is really the one that gets the most attention.
So why is it that we wear our wedding bands on the third finger of the left hand? The tradition is thought to have its roots with the ancient Romans, who believed the vein running through that finger was connected directly to the heart. The “vena amoris,” or “vein of love,” was considered symbolic of deep and everlasting devotion.
Another theory is derived from medieval times, when the groom first placed the ring on the bride’s thumb, followed by her index finger and middle finger, as he recited “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.” The ring came to rest on the bride’s next available finger.
A more pragmatic explanation is that the ring finger is the least intrusive spot to wear a ring, given that most people are right-handed.
Wedding rings are worn on the right hand in other countries, however, particularly in eastern Europe. Some Greek women wear a ring on their left hand during the engagement, moving it to their right hand after marriage.
This is one of those customs whose true origins we may never know. But that doesn’t mean the words “I Do” have any less ring to them.
With its changing colors and perfect temps, Autumn is perhaps the most rustic-friendly of all wedding seasons.
There is no doubt that autumn is the new trend in seasonal weddings. And it’s easy to see why: you can avoid the busy summertime weekends and get off season rates from many vendors. Not to mention, Mother Nature provides stunning outdoor décor, the weather is typically pleasant, even outdoors, and guests have more availability and fewer schedule conflicts than during summer vacations.
There are many fall wedding locations that set the scene for a stunning wedding; combining the vivid hues of fall foliage with dazzling landscape features like waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Here are some great ideas for wedding venues that have it an extra something special:
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A sunny fall day can be perfect – but a cloudy fall day can be unexpectedly chilly. But in Aspen it is sunny 300 days a year, so breathe easy (and the mountain air will feel amazing!) The shimmering gold Aspen trees make a lovely backdrop for photos and with an elevation of over 7,000 feet, almost all venues will have a spectacular view.
Stowe is the perfect location for romantic Vermont weddings. The first 2 weeks of October is ideal for a peak foliage VT wedding, and the Green Mountains are a dramatic foil for the rich crimson and amethyst foliage. Everything is in full swing in the small town of Stowe and it’s easy to find local produce, like fresh blueberries and morel mushrooms, to create a local sustainable wedding reception. The temperature averages a perfect 60 degrees making fall the best VT wedding season.
The Smoky Mountains are fondly known as the wedding capitol of the south, and couples love the abundant waterfalls and streams that make a wedding venue sparkle. Couples looking for a rustic mountain wedding will find the venue of their dreams in Gatlinburg.
Summertime in Maine is the ideal for many couples getting married. But fall brings a special something that can’t quite be described. The charming towns like Camden, Rockport and Stockton Springs, come alive in the fall when the seasonal tourists leave and the community begins it’s offseason lifestyle. The charm of the coast with lovely fall foliage, Camden is a perfect combination of nautical elegance and quaint small town comfort.
Columbia River Gorge, OR
There’s nothing like the drama of a cliff-side wedding to make a fall wedding unforgettable. Columbia Gorge is home to rustic venues in the shadow of Mt. Hood with heart-stopping 100-foot waterfalls and lush autumn colors.
Once you find the location that speaks to you; whether it’s the sky-grazing Rocky Mountains or the oceanside views find a photographer who knows how to capture the natural beauty of the location and a venue that can host your ideal wedding.
Jumpsuits are making a big step from the runway to the the wedding aisle with a new (resurging) trend; jumpsuits. In its spring/summer 2014 bridal collection, J. Crew debuted a chic bridal jumpsuit that is casual and comfortable and unmistakable bridal.
A jumpsuit is perfect for a lot of destination brides considering a more laid-back but envelope-pushing style. Also, an ideal option for those marrying for the second time.
The J. Crew Eyelash Lace Jumpsuit is a fun alternative to customary wedding gowns and super gorgeous. However, J. Crew isn’t the only one getting in on this 2014 wedding trend. Similar wedding day looks from designers like Lanvin and Rivini are popping up in bridal stores in all different styles.
At $750, the J. Crew option is much more affordable for many brides in comparison to conventional bridal gowns with prices generally in the thousands. Unlike a princess gown, a bridal jumpsuit has massive appeal to a woman who wants to wear their wedding attire again.
If walking down the aisle in pants is not your style, this wedding trend is a great option for a rehearsal dinner look or wedding reception outfit. Though the 2014 look is nontraditional, J. Crew’s kept the gorgeous trappings of a customary gown intact. Its ivory hue, sheer sleeves and bows down the back make the bridal jumpsuit just as feminine as any a-line pick. Now, that’s a twist on the classic bridal silhouette that we might just fall in love with.