The Symbolism of a Wedding Ring

IMG_5424As I prepare for my travels, I decided to leave my wedding and engagement at home for safe keeping. I know that if anything had to happen to them whilst I’m away, I would be absolutely devastated.

So now my hand is bare and I feel a part of me missing. I’m hoping the constant motion of checking it’s there and panicking when it’s not will wear off soon. Leaving my ring behind made me think about the symbolism of a wedding ring and why do have this connection. Where did it all begin and what are the future trends for weddings rings. So here goes, a little about wedding rings and why they mean so much more than a sign that you’re already spoken for when at a bar.

The tradition of a wedding ring started way back in Egyptian times when they adopted a the circle symbolism for eternity, back then rings were made from rushes or papyrus. Old right? It then became more associated with weddings and marriage in Roman times. The earliest of rings were made from metals and developed into more precious items through time with embellished rocks. Rubies reflecting the heart, sapphires symbolising the heavens and then diamonds for integrity. I won’t bore you with more history.

There are a few analogies as to why we wear wedding rings on the third finger on the left hand and again these have changed and developed over time and traditions. My favourite and the one I like to think has the most meaning is that it is believed that the vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. ‘The vein of love’. Some might say that on a practical level, this is the finger that doesn’t get much wear and tear and therefore a ring won’t get damaged. However, where’s the romance in that?

When you say your vows you state something along the lines of “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.” The ring right there and then has a whole new meaning to you, it plays such a big part of your marriage vows, it is the physical representation of your vows, your marriage and your new adventure together. It is already the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own and the price on it is actually priceless. The ring seals the deal.

Nowadays, you can break traditions, create your path and opt for a more unusual wedding or engagement ring. A diamond is the classic rock to have and it has every right to be the go to engagement ring sparkle. Diamonds are timeless, powerful, last forever and full of sparkle. In fact they pretty much sum up what a marriage should be. However, there are some beautiful alternatives with sapphires, rubies or even birthstones. I think whatever means the most to you is special.

Take a look at Bloody Mary Metal for some alternative ideas and on the other end of the spectrum is London Victorian Ring Company for elegant vintage designs. For the blokes, I can’t recommend Iain Henderson enough, he designed and made my hubby’s ring with us and it is truly amazing and done with such lovely, friendly service.

If you have any other random questions or facts about wedding rings, I’d love to know them so please share away! Get in touch. 

Love Emily x

A bit of news…

Happy Monday Evening – A BIT OF NEWS.

I’m now counting down the days until my next adventure! The time has come to leave London after been here for 6 years and move back up to good old Yorkshire, Mirfield to be exact. However, before we do, my husband and I are going on a backpacking adventure around South America.

We’re taking the opportunity of doing it while we can, not questioning if we should but instead taking the leap and going for it. Life is too short not to grasp opportunities with both hands and to live your life as one big adventure.

I’ll still be taking bridal consultations whilst I’m away and answering emails as and when I get internet but bear with me. 

Come with me on my adventure, check out my blog posts and Instagram while I’m away for updates on all things weddings and travel style! Prepare yourselves for plenty of Alpaca pictures! 

Emily x

Oh So Tropical

Happy Monday!

I know spring feels like it’s here but I’m so longing for the heat of a tropical beach. Just to lay on the sand and feel the sun on my face is all I ask right now. I decided to channel these beach vibes into a summery, vibrant wedding colour scheme instead. It’s much more vibrant than my usual style I’ll admit, but I love the contrasting colours, the energy and most of all, the unique shapes from the foliage and details.

The large bridal bouquet is an instant wow factor for high impact. The feature flowers are almost sculptured rather than organic.

I love the ombré detail on the cake which mirrors a Hawaiian sunset setting over Waikiki beach. The soft orange complements the strong green and fun pink to add a romantic pastel tone to the scheme.

How could we forget the cocktails and canapés? The details just make these elements sing and are adorable.

Fun, quirky touches are incorporated through the ukulele guest book and the welcoming floral Leis which reflect the location perfectly.

Even if you aren’t jetting off to Hawaii for your beach wedding, why not incorporate some of these elements into your English wedding for a complete twist. You dream of your wedding day, have it your way no matter where you are in the world.

Oh I’m feeling more summery already. Have a look at my Inspiration Board page for more wedding design schemes and image credits or get in touch if you would like one making just for you. 

Have an amazing week everyone! Emily

 

 

 

Mood Board Image Credits
BRIDE BOUQUET:Photography by Rustic White Photography, Found via Weddings Online  COCKTAILS: Found Via: Wilkie Blog CAKE:By Studio Cake. Found Via Mod Wedding TABLE SETTING: Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Floral Design: Stem Events + Flowers by Anabelle Found Via Style Me Pretty CANAPES:Photography by Nato Welton. Found via Brides Magazine STATIONERY: Alexa Nelson Prints, via Etsy, Ukulele: Photography by Natalie Schutt Photography. Found via Wedding Chicks, SUIT: Found via Well Groomed Blog, Leis Display: Found via Pinterest

Jo Malone

Recently, I experienced the Jo Malone bridal consultation, which was absolutely amazing. It was such a treat to learn about the importance of scenting your wedding and how the layers of fragrance can add so much to your wedding day.

I have to admit, I’m no regular at Jo Malone, I obviously wish I was, I mean a girl can dream, but no, this experience was very special. I don’t want you to think I do this all time.

It was a rainy Saturday morning in London but that didn’t dampen my excitement as I walked into the Jo Malone store in Sloane Square. The immediate rush of pure loveliness hits you as soon as you walk in. The smell is just divine and the design of the store (prepare for an interior design rant) is just done to perfection! The level of detail in the joinery of the display cabinets is perfect and reflects the quality of the brand and service. The symmetry in the store layout is precise and created in such a way that perfume bottles stand proud as a decorative feature, looking so elegant in the glass bottles with beautifully branded labels. Enough about the interior, you get it, it was good.

emily-k-weddings-jo-malone-13We sat at the bridal consultation counter, greeted and served a glass of champagne. On the counter for each of us was a brochure, a little box of sugared almonds and a scented pillow. It all set the scene for a luxury experience.

Charley Ann, our consultant, started by asking us what type of smells we liked and focused on how we wanted a wedding day to feel like. Nicola, my friend who is getting married in October 2017, told her the type of perfume she currently uses and what she liked and doesn’t like. She also asked her about the style of wedding she is having, the flowers and the venue. Each of these elements combine together to reflect the choice of fragrance. For example, if you’re having peonies in your bouquet, your scent could be complimented with the Peony Blush & Suede cologne.

Charley Ann selected 3-4 scents to start with for us to try. They all smelt amazing but we each had our favourite. She then explained about layering scents and the art of Fragrance Combining. This would create something unique for you to wear on your wedding day. We learnt a lot during our consultation but most importantly learnt not to overlook the power of smell.

It’s not just about the perfume you wear, scenting your wedding can start from the moment of getting ready. Bath or shower in a fragrance to suit you and moisturise with a lotion that will enhance your perfume.

On the day, choose candles and room and linen sprays to create atmosphere. This will really set the tone to your wedding day. Again, use room fragrances that complement the scent you’re wearing.

The more I think about it, I realise the stranger our sense of smell actually is. It’s such a strong sense and reacts differently with everyone. It’s a key memory trigger and therefore is most important to get right for your wedding day. Imagine putting on your wedding day perfume 20 years from now and those memories flooding back to you. It would be like total magic. Don’t under estimate the power of smell on your wedding day. Book a free consultation at one of your Jo Malone stores to feel pampered and learn more about scenting your wedding in a luxury way.

Emily

 

A Spooky Romance

Hello. Happy Halloween (nearly) I love this time of year celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night. They’re such fun and cosy festivities without the commotion compared to Christmas. (I love Christmas too though, but you know what I mean). Halloween, as commercial as some people might think, is a fun time of year to be embraced. […]