July 15, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 29): Wedding Bells

Welcome to Week 29 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.  We are writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

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Share your memories here in the comment section, on your own blog, or privately in a journal you keep at home. The important thing is to record your memories. Just write.

This past week the memories of weddings has filled my mind. I was 9 when my oldest brother got married. A few years later it was my next brother's turn. My sister got married when I was about 14 and I still remember the beautiful mauve dress I got to wear as one of her bridesmaids!

Wedding #1
I loved weddings - so much colour and fun with music and laughing and dancing. To me it was a magical time. And then came my own (first) wedding. Hmmm... a different story entirely!

Mind you I did love my gown and the colours I chose - yellow and white. And my best friend was my maid of honour.

Wedding #2
But everything that could go wrong, did. Including me changing my mind before the ceremony and telling my brother, who was giving me away, that I wasn't going through with the wedding. He was pretty stern that I was indeed marching down that aisle towards my groom!

And so I was married and off to Quebec for a weekend honeymoon. Then it was back to University for both of us.

My second wedding (16 years after my first) was a much happier one. We chose to have a very small wedding at our home. This time I had  purple-blue flowers, and I kept it very simple with one witness. I wore an electric blue dress trimmed in black with a huge black wide-brimmed hat (hey it was the 80s!) 

Wedding #3
Several years later I was widowed, and a few years later came a third wedding (30 years after my first!), also at home. I love informal weddings at home! My dress was purple and I had balloons in purple, white and yellow. Only one bouquet of flowers - you can see them on the left but I loved my balloons.

What are your memories of weddings - your own or other family members?

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