A Family Tradition…

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A Family Tradition… I was thrilled and honored that the older two of my four daughters chose to wear my own wedding headpiece.  My daughter, Maggie, is in the photo above.  She is wearing her own veil, (cathedral length), and my headpiece.  Her vision was to always take the veil and headpiece off for the reception.  It would be too cumbersome to wear all night.  She needed to make sure her hairstyle was up the formality of the event.  And it was.  Her hair style was spectacular, but she wanted some sort of adornment in her hair for the reception.  She visited etsy.com, a wonderful website where individuals can shop from independent venders.  You can find almost anything on etsy.com, and the vendors are everyday people who have something special to share.

Maggie purchased a lovely hair adornment to be showcased.  Pease note the photo below of the spray of seed pearls.  Note, if you choose a hair ornament, buy it early enough so you can have a dry run with your hairdresser.






My second bride, (two weddings in two years), was my oldest daughter, Kathleen.  She too chose to wear the family headpiece, but also with her own veil.  Her hair was worn down, as had been her vision since she was a tiny girl.  And although different from her sister’s undo, every bit as spectacular.  For her reception adornment, she also visited etsy.com.  Her selection was a beautiful wreath of flowers which echoed her ivory and apricot color scheme.  Please note the wreath below in the picture on the left.  Her bouquet is featured on the right.  We were very pleased how closely the two pieces complimented each other.


I chose to wear silk flowers to be showcased after I took MY veil off 32 years ago.  They were pretty, and looked nice in my hair. But I made a mistake with my veil.  The netting that went over my face was thick, and created a visual issue for me, and for my guests’ view of me.  And it was hot!  My photo is below.  Compare it to Maggie’s, following photo.  Note how fine and delicate my daughter’s veil is…a much better choice than mine.  If you’d like to read about different veil fabric weights, you can read an earlier post “Wedding Veil Fabrics”  Just click on the link!


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Photos: Image #1 Patty Cloherty

Photo #2 Mary P Karnes

Photo #3 #4 Wedding Guests

Photo# 5 #6 Hannah Colt

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Photo #8 Patty Cloherty

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