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Entries in wedding (8)

Wednesday
Jun292011

* wedding wednesday: DIY passport save the date cards

This week Steve and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary :) xoxo. We were married June 27, 2009 on the beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

After choosing the Turks and Caicos for our destination wedding, we knew a save the date packed with excitement and travel information was necessary. What better than a mock passport!

I don't remember where I initially got the idea, but after some internet research I found this great post for a passport save the date on craftster.org. I even found the same paper! It was tricky because you wouldn't know it, but this paper design is from a winter collection! The other side is a winter snowflake wonderland. For the front of the passport I used the Turks and Caicos coat of arms (it just so happens I love flamingos!).

I didn't have a template or steps to follow, this was truly a labor of love. In my spare time it took me about a month to design, write, and print out all the pages, and then another month to assemble and finish all 50 passports. It was so worth it!

Inside the passports I gave some general information about the Turks and Caicos, contact information for the travel agent familiar with our specific trip, and some funny "rules" to get everyone ready for the trip. I got the URL for our wedding website after I had printed everything, so I just stuck in a little note at the end.

Everyone really seemed to love these. I wish I had a template or more step by step instructions to offer, but the trial and error steps I took to get these together were very unorganized.

 I hope my creations can inspire you to think out of the box and get creative when you or someone you love is planning their dream wedding. If you have any questions about specific elements from my save the dates, please contact me!

Wednesday
Jun082011

* Wedding Wednesday : Married In Spite of her Father

News From the Suburbs: Married in Spite of Her Father

 

What great vintage gossip! This rule breaking bride is my gg grandmother. I guess even in 1887 gossip found it's way into the public eye. This article was sent to me by a fellow researcher, thank you Charles!!

 

 

"Social circles on Jersey City Heights, and especially the members of the South Bergen Reformed Church, are interested in a wedding which took place Saturday evening at Asbury Park. The bride, Miss Virgnia Wentworth Franks, was a school teacher living with her father at No. 173 Bergen Ave. She was active in church work. About three years ago she became acquainted with Thomas Middleton, and an engagement soon followed. The young woman's father positively refused to sanction the projected marriage because Mr. Middleton had been divorced. All the other members of the family sympathized with the couple. On Saturday Mr. Middleton, Miss Franks, her brother, Mortimer Franks, and some friends were at Asbury Park and it was decided that three years were long enough to defer to the prejudices of the father. The Rev. Mr Battin was hunted up and the couple were married, Mortimer Franks giving the bride away. They will at once go to housekeeping in a pretty little cottage in Ocean Ave, which has been handsomely furnished by Mr. Middleton."

I wonder what Virginia thought of this being published!! Did she ever think that I, her gg granddaughter, would be reading it!?

The groom, Thomas Middleton, is a very mysterious character in my family tree. I have connected with my grandmother's cousin who has also extensively researched the family tree and he is facing the same brick wall. I know he was born in England, purchased a house in East Orange, NJ 1896 (I have the paperwork), and died in 1910. And now that he was married/divorced to someone before Virginia Franks. The 1900 census lists his arrival year as 1884, so was his first wife in England? Did they have kids? ahhh more questions...

Connecting with family members is HUGE! DO IT! If you don't know of anyone, find them! Charles and I share gggg grandparents and I found him very randomly. He had posted a query on a message board and when I googled my gggg grandparents names I found him. He had letters and had done a lot of research. We have been able to exchange a bunch of really great information and details. Not to mention, I have 3 daguerreotype's from the Franks family and he had 3 or 4 from the same generation! How about that.

I'll take what I can get, I've learned to focus on the details. Sometimes it can be the smallest detail that leads you down a path to copious amounts of information. If nothing else, this article gives me a fuller understanding of their life experiences. I'm sure glad I wasn't there when he father found out! 

Wednesday
Apr272011

* wedding wednesday - cheers to joe & candy!

My Sister and Brother in law are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today! I am so happy for them! And so thankful to be Aunt Abby to my 2 amazing nieces and little nephew!

Candice Smith + Joseph Burchett

-April 27, 2001-

Congratulations on your 10th wedding anniversary!

Tuesday
Mar152011

* the wedding garland

The Wedding Garland is a very precious book of love poems compiled by Louise Dunham Goldsberry. The book was passed down from my great grandmother Edith. This particular edition was published by Jenings and Graham and printed in Germany (copyright 1896). Isn't it amazing this book still exists!? Kept by my ancestors for over 100 years!

 

 This beautifully illustrated book is made up of poems describing the journey of love and marriage. A few of the poets include: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jaques Jasmin, and Jean Ingelow. The pages are heavy weight paper decorated with angelic illustrations and vintage scrolls, finished with gold edges and bound togther with leather and cloth. It's such a beautiful gift for a bride to be! I wonder who gave this to Edith and Wentworth...

 A page documenting the details of Edith and Wentworth's wedding day completes this family treasure! I am so thankful this book has been preserved all these years. It's really inspiring...What potential family treasures are hiding in your storage closet?  

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