An old English rhyme says “Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine.”
I am not sure about that, but I do certainly do love the beautiful history and lovely customs of my country, England. Today, I am sharing with you a very special vintage English wedding. It is one that I did not attend, or do I have any first hand information about. All I have are a couple of pictures and periodic comments from the bride. You see, that bride is my mother.
When I look at this picture, I see, like everyone else…..a young couple just starting out in life. Much like the fashion here in the US at the time, my Mum was wearing a white wedding dress that covered most of her, a little jewelry, and was carrying a bouquet of flowers. My Dad was dressed in a nice coat and tie. When I look beyond the clothes, however, I believe I see what people in all cultures and at all times see; two young people ecstatic to be beginning their new life together!
I also think that while it may not have been a large and grand affair, it probably was a wonderful family affair. You see, both of their families had lived through the two world wars. It had been very difficult for everyone in Europe. They learned how to do much with little, how to save, and what was really important for families. I like to think that I learned some of that from both my Dad and my Mum, and I try to apply it to my business every day.
My Dad passed away a few years ago and I miss him every day. My Mum is now 82 years young and I treasure every minute I have with her. And by the way, her smile is just as beautiful as it was on the day she married my Dad.