Friday, January 2, 2009
Enchanted Wedding~ Symbolic Gifts
The New Year rings in a new wedding season. Bridal Shows are beginning and they are a visual feast of colorful flowers, elegant table linens, and haute couture bridal fashion. Whatever the wedding dream, magical props in every color are available to ensure an enchanting celebration.
Have you ever wondered how the tradition of wedding celebrations began? In ancient times they were a way to share good fortune. It was an honor to receive a wedding invitation. The common belief was that the couple was bestowing grace upon their guests. As a symbolic gesture, guests were given a gift to remind them of their acquired good fortune. This evolved into our present day wedding favor.
Women in the family of the betrothed would work tirelessly to create wedding favors. Carved stones, ornaments of shell or bone, and small woven pieces were common symbolic favors. Much later, Queen Elizabeth I made rare gold and silver ribbons the fashion. The French created “Bonbonnieres,” exquisite boxes fashioned of porcelain, crystal, or precious metal to house sugared almonds or other confectionary treats.
With careful consideration to symbolism, Fragrant Delight was chosen to be our Wedding Favor. Pink roses are a symbol of joyful gratitude; the rich turquoise background and circular design evoke a sense of the eternal. Ripe peaches and full blooms are a reminder of abundance and the perfection of the moment. In the spirit of evoking the memory of grace and good fortune, Fragrant Delight is the ideal keepsake of wedding enchantment.
Fragrant Delight, on Botticino tumbled marble Tile Coasters, an elegant and symbolic wedding favor.
Fragrant Delight, Limited Edition Giclées on canvas and Note Cards at MelodyTheArtist.com/shop
Fragrant Delight Original Oil Painting, 34 x 36 is available
for rental or purchase.
Melody Phaneuf is an award-winning artist known for her evocative still life allegories. Phaneuf's paintings have been exhibited at Galerie Herouet in Paris, The National Arts Club in New York City, and were included in a traveling exposition in Japan. She is a regular exhibitor at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.
The Grand Bridal Show