Unusual Buttonholes for grooms
Even the celebrant received a buttonhole for this particular wedding….. more on that a bit later….
But first – Preparing the bridal party
It can be such fun preparing for your wedding ceremony. Once the reception venue and marriage celebrant are booked, and a few legalities for marriage in Australia taken care of, then the fun of creating your wedding day look begins.
You’ve chosen your bridal party, been shopping for bridesmaid dresses, and selected your bouquets. The girls are set.
Now for the Groomsmen
Attention turns towards the blokes. Hmmm, you have chosen a suit or casual attire, and the shoes, added funky coloured socks or an outrageous tie. Perhaps you’ve added a vintage flair like braces or waistcoats.
Next you turn your attention to the groomsmen’s buttonholes.
Most couple’s would try to match the buttonhole to the girls bouquets.
It can be as simple as a rose pinned on a lapel.
Or something a little more fancy with a leaf curled behind.
And may I say that I have pinned on dozens of groom’s buttonholes.
The pinning process
Could I even consider myself a master of the pinning the buttonhole on the groom? Does it sound like a party game?
Actually, there are ways to make sure the groom’s buttonhole doesn’t flop or droop. And you may ask why do the florists provide two pearl ended pins?
The answer is to stop the droop! One up one down. I
As a celebrant, I have become an expert in pinning buttonholes in a manner to stop the droop.
Did you know there are other buttonhole alternatives! The buttonhole does not have to be flowers.
Renée and Gareth are a funky modern couple, with clever ideas, and a fabulous wit. Their wedding was particularly unique, and will be featured in another story to come. Today we peek at their buttonhole ideas.
They chose lego characters for each of their bridal party, including the bridesmaids who carried them with their flowers. Each lego character is a humorous reflection of the role or person who wears it. Here is a peek at the bridal party all lined up….at the altar.
Check out these on the wedding day:
And for the Groom…..
And for the piece de resistance…..
They even provided one for the celebrant.
Thanks guys form the bottom of my heart.
Thanks for including the celebrant (the ringmaster) in your design. I am humbled.
For another creative look at wedding flowers check out Cherie and Josh’s story:
~ with Sunshine Coast marriage celebrant, Kari ~
Congratulations Hayley and Wade with their darling children, Charlotte and Kobi, married in the delightful Tiffany’s Chapel.
(Check out the photo which I call “Wrapping the bride!”)
We seek ceremony when there is something profound happening. We do things in ceremony that are symbols of a deeper meaning in our lives. Some things are not easy to express every day, as we live it. Some things are best expressed by ritual. A wedding does this. It creates an opportunity to gather the important people, and to enunciate deep feelings in the form of promises or gifts.
Hayley and Wade’s wedding day was a dream come true. And it was a wedding about family. Hayley and Wade believe that family is first, family is everything, family is LIFE.
Often a wedding is not simply about two people. It is about a wider group of people; community, family, heart families. This wedding was for everyone there.
A wedding could not alter what they already had, for Hayley and Wade had already built a marriage. I saw it expressed so well in their dear children, Charlotte and Kobi. As I spoke with the couple, the kids played with my lego basket. (Yes a relic of my own child rearing. I LOVE my son’s lego basket, and so do many of the kids who come to me with their parents.) As they played I noticed how gentle they were with each other and the things they created. Their parents took small moments to acknowledge what the kids were doing, and kids were very respectful of their parents having a talk. Impressive parenting at work here!
So this marriage was about a family unit, yet acknowledging of the important relationship that holds the family together, the parents. For Hayley and Wade wished to give the gift of marriage to each other. They had already promised forever in their kids, but on their wedding day they showed it to each other.
Charlotte and Kobi, (who are, may I say, the best behaved kids I have ever seen!) were delightful partners to the wedding as flower girl and ring boy. Kobi was quite emotional watching his parents wed. Who wouldn’t be? He could deeply appreciate the strong emotions that were being expressed that day. Check out Charlotte wrapping herself in Mum’s bride dress. I sneeked the ones of the “bridal wrap” while Toni, the photographer, was organising the group picture. Too delightful to miss!
A key to understanding this was their choice of reading:
The key to love is understanding…
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing…
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving…
without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect…
realising that you are two separate people, with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all…
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work… but the rewards are more than worth the effort…
and that is the key to love.
Thanks to Photographer Toni Snell for the glorious images.