How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

We received this heartfelt Ask Emmaline question from Cassie, who is getting married this summer. Her grandfather passed away and she wants to honor him on her special day. She writes,

My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I’d love to include a mention to him in some way at my wedding. What’s an appropriate way to do so?

First of all, we are sorry to hear about your grandfather’s passing. To help you honor him at your wedding, we’ve gathered seven of our most cherished suggestions.

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

1. Put your loved one’s photo inside a locket.

When Abby’s father passed away, she placed his photo inside a locket. On her wedding day, she wrapped the locket around her bouquet so he could be with her as she walked down the aisle.

photo charm of bride's dad in locket wrapped around bouquet - via How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

photo: meagan nicole photography

2. Sew a piece of fabric from their clothing into your gown.

Abby also took an old blue shirt of her father’s, cut out a heart, and had it sewn into her gown. Since it was blue, it also served as “something blue” for her ceremony.

bride's father's shirt sewn in heart on her gown via How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

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3. Play their favorite song.

Did he or she have a favorite song or band? Add it to your playlist for dinner (slow song) or reception (dance music) in honor of them.

4. Create a photo table.

Display photos in picture frames on a table at your reception. Include a decorative sign, like this:


credits: left – prairie lane boutique, right – nathan westerfield via southern weddings

If you prefer, hang photos across a wood frame using twine and miniature clothespins. Or, turn wood logs into a makeshift stand with a rustic vibe.


photo credits – left: jo photo online, right rachel peters

5. Mention loved ones who have passed in your ceremony program.

In a section of your program, include a mention underneath ‘In Loving Memory’ with name(s) listed.

6. Light a candle.

At your ceremony, light a special candle in honor of loved ones who have passed.

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7. Save a seat.

Tie a ribbon on a chair, place a ‘reserved’ sign, or put a framed photograph of a loved one who passed away to save them a seat.

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Just because someone has passed away doesn’t mean they aren’t there to celebrate with you in spirit. And remember, this is a happy occasion! Smile and remember that they wouldn’t want you to be sad; they would want you to celebrate and enjoy your special day.

xo
-E.

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Do you have any suggestions to add?

We’d love to read your suggestions. Let us know how you plan to honor loved ones who have passed at your wedding. You can add a comment below.

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Napa Private Estate Wedding: Christine + Mitch

Today we’re featuring this Napa private estate wedding photographed by White Ivory Photography. Christine and Mitch’s wedding in Napa Valley, California has plenty of beautiful details!

Their photographer Sandra tells us, “It’s a classic wedding with a slight rustic flair, influenced by the Tuscan style architecture of the winery with hints of Tiffany blue, black and burlap. The couple, Christine and Mitch, traveled from Vancouver, B.C with their closest of friends and family to celebrate their sweet union.”

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Napa Private Estate Wedding

The bride wore a beautiful strapless lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. She completed her look with an elegant wedding dress sash, a beautiful pearl necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a classic wedding veil.

bride wearing a lace strapless gown; being zipped up while she gets ready before the ceremony

the bride and groom's wedding rings on a tiffany blue background

the bride's pearl earrings with a tiffany and co. box

personalized bride wedding hanger

on left, the groomsmen shoes are lined up in a row featuring a lace-up style; on right, the groom puts his shoes on

the bridesmaids received customized clutch purses in black.  their bridesmaid dresses were black with a one shoulder style neckline

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the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids behind her helping her tie her dress sash onto her gown

the beautiful bride in strapless style sweetheart lace wedding dress and an ivory dress sash

the groom looks on as he waits for his bride before the first look

the bride surprises the groom behind him before the first look

the bride and groom share a special kiss before the ceremony

The elegant winery ceremony was set outside, with wood chairs and baby’s breath bouquets as aisle decor.

the baby's breath bouquets were tied to the aisle way with ribbon as simple, yet elegant ceremony decor

winery wedding ceremony with deep brown wood chairs

wine barrels work great as makeshift flower holders for a winery wedding

the bouquets and boutonnieres were filled with white roses; the bride's bouquet also featured white gerbera daisies

the bride's bouquet was wrapped in a piece of burlap with lace around it; it contained white roses and some white gerbera daisies

the bride walks down the aisle

the bridesmaids holding their bouquets; the bridesmaids wore black one shoulder style dresses

the groom puts the ring on his bride

the bride and groom's first kiss-- married!

The wedding reception featured elegant round tables with the wedding party seated at a rectangular head table. To ‘reserve’ the seats, small bouquets of baby’s breath wrapped in burlap ribbon were tied to the chair backs.

the reception had beautiful round tables with a rectangular head table

The couple had sweet bursts of Tiffany blue everywhere — even in these elegant cupcakes that were designed like miniature Tiffany & Co. boxes.

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The bride and groom chose to have a small cake for the cake cutting along with cupcakes for guests. Their cake was square shaped and featured Tiffany blue icing with a white ribbon on top in place of a cake topper.

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Other details included custom wedding programs in a basket for guests to pick up, along with handfuls of white and Tiffany-blue M&Ms that featured ‘LOVE’ on the front.

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Napa Private Estate
Getting Ready Venue: Westin Verasa – Napa
Hair and Make-Up: Betten Chaston
Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films
Florist: Garden Party Napa
Cake: Supreme Sweets
Transportation: Elite Limo Services
Caterer: Alex’s
DJ: Love in the Mix
Musician: Daniel Moir
Officiant: Evan Kavanaugh

Are you planning your California wedding? Need a photographer? Then you have to visit White Ivory Photography. You can easily contact Sandra by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

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Gown Alert: Petal Wedding Dress (+ On Sale!)

I spotted this gorgeous petal wedding dress over at BHLDN and it caught my eye immediately (and not just because it’s named The Emma, which I admit is pretty awesome.) What really got my attention was its petal-like design which was made to resemble cherry blossoms. The petals are created with glass beading and airy tulle, then hand-appliqued to the dress. You can get this dress in shades of pink–almost an ombre effect, I’d say–or pure ivory. It’s even on sale now! Here, take a look:

petal wedding dress in ivory

Emma Gown

Petal Wedding Dress

Here’s the beauty in blush…

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… and ivory…

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All together now!

Go + Get It!

Want this dress? Check out the Emma Gown! You’ll also find more dresses including Bridesmaid Dresses she’ll wear again! Explore BHLDN >

xo
-E.

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Iconic Detroit Engagement Shoot: Melissa + Hayes

Beautiful, uplifting, and iconic are a few of the words we would use to describe this Detroit engagement shoot. Meet Melissa and Hayes! Their engagement session this past fall was in and around Corktown, Detroit. The architecture, waterfront, and urban setting made for some amazing photos. Not to mention, I don’t think we’ve ever seen a happier couple! Check out the work of our newest Michigan wedding photographer, Chelsea Brown Photography

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit Engagement Shoot

Chelsea tells us, “Melissa and Hayes currently live in Colorado but wanted an engagement session that featured some iconic Detroit locations. The couple will be getting married in Detroit on July 25th, 2015.”

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Planning your Michigan wedding and need a photographer? Then you have to check out Chelsea Brown Photography. You can easily contact Chelsea by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

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