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Ways to Honor Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day


I share a lot of beautiful and inspiring wedding shoots here on Chic Vintage Brides, but today’s is a little extra special. Not only because it is perfectly styled in autumnal hues and to evoke one of my favourite eras, the glamorous 1940s; but also because it comes complete with some super sweet and thoughtful ways to honor loved ones on your wedding day!

Ways to Honor Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

The lady behind the vision, Radhika of Radian Photography shared these few words….. “Wedding days are filled with joyous moments, the loved ones in your life surrounding and celebrating you. But what happens if they are not able to be there? For various reasons, the team of vendors who collaborated to create this shoot all shared this experience; time, distance, life circumstances, or other factors kept some of their loved ones from being able to be present on their wedding days. This shoot was created to find ways to honor loved ones who might not be there physically, but whose love and presence can be felt in different ways with a little intention and planning. We captured this shoot at the Parlour at Manns Chapel, a building that was almost forgotten, but brought back to life with tender care. We felt that this would be the perfect setting for this shoot.”

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Five Ideas for Honoring Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

Getting Ready

Surround yourself with the belongings of your loved ones while getting ready. This can look like using your grandmother’s mirror for final touches hair and makeup touches, or dressing in a room decorated with family portraits. Creating these types of spaces and moments can allow you to feel presence of your loved ones at special times on your wedding day. Specific wardrobe pieces can be included as well: wearing a vintage stole or hat that belonged to a loved one is a beautiful way to honor them.

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Favorite Florals

Incorporating your loved one’s favorite florals into a bouquet or centerpiece arrangements can be a beautiful way to celebrate them. Mustard roses, in this case, were chosen as a unique accent piece in the bride’s bouquet and in arrangements. The smell, color, and distinct look of this flower allowed the florist’s grandmother’s heart to shine through.

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Heirloom Jewelry

If heirloom jewelry pieces are available to you, absolutely use them on your day. A beautiful strand of pearls, vintage earrings, and an old pocket watch were incorporated to honor family members. Wearing these pieces, even if they can’t be seen by others around you, can help you feel closer to the ones you love.

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One of the most hallmarks of this shoot were the love letters written and sent by the planner’s grandfather while at war. These incredible gifts were incorporated into the stationery items used in this shoot and heightened the experience of opening the suite to something that allowed guests a peek into family legacy.

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Signature Recipe

If a loved one has or had a signature receipe that could often be found in their hand, then consider adopting it on your wedding day to honor them. In this case, a cake recipe was used to make the wedding cake seen in these photos.

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Such thoughtful ideas, don’t you just love them? A huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives involved in bringing this vision of vintage loveliness together, and especially to Radhika of Radian Photography for her words of wisdom and for capturing every detail so perfectly. To see more of her work be sure to pop across to her beautiful website at www.radianphotography.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Radian Photography // Event Planning & Design – Plume Events // Floral Design – Bowerbird Flowers // Wedding Stationery – Ten Acre Paper Co. // Venue – The Parlour at Manns Chapel // Hair & Makeup – Wink Hair and Make-Up // Wedding Dress – Gilded Bridal