Saturday, May 19, 2012

Celebrating with Remembrance

Today, May 19th, marks our parents wedding anniversary. They were blessed with 54 years together before mom passed away.  Dad counted an additional 12 years as a widower.  Although he found joy with his grandchildren, greatgrands, and loving daughters, there was a broken heart that would not heal.  This precious little wedding booklet, Wedding Flowers from God's Garden  used on the day they were married, encompasses their love.  It  includes the Order of Marriage, a spot to record the nuptials,
 
a section for the guests to sign, and several pages to record the wedding gifts which included simple gifts such as brass candlesticks from her sister, $3.00 from her brother,  pillow cases from a sister-in-law, 8 glasses and carrier plus $10.00 from an aunt, a candlewick bowl from a friend, and a 12 setting dinnerware from her father.  With a check mark beside each person's name, I can only assume it means that a thank you note was sent.  Simple gifts.  A simple wedding. Although the war had ended, my father's four brothers were not in attendance, still fulfilling their military commitments at the time.
 The last section of this booklet features the Wedding Flowers from God's Garden by Rev. H.E.Studier.  Symbolism of the flowers are attributed to the aspects of marriage.  The Rose, symbolizes the word 'kindness'.  Its bright colors and delicate fragrance may well symbolize the virtues of kindness and friendliness. May these graces adorn your conduct toward each other as well as toward your kindred and friends, and toward all men.
Another flower, quite different from the rose, is the Violet.  It is modest and inconspicuous.  May it be to you a symbol of humility as you start out in life together.  Cultivate this virtue.
 
The Lily-of-the-Valley, symbolizes gentleness and meekness in the Christian life.  The Carnation is especially suited to adorn the groom.  'Long-suffering" is the word which we would symbolize with the carnation.  The Passion Flower and the Forget-me-not are also included in God's Garden. And now that we have gathered these flowers from God's Garden, let us tie them together with a bright red ribbon, that they many not become scattered but may be kept together. Take these flowers that we have gathered from God's garden; let them adorn your matrimonial pathway.
Happy to have this little remembrance of their wedding day, reading the symbolism of the flowers and knowing my mother's love of flowers, it simply ties it all together.  The pretty glass tussie mussie holders pictured above are part of my mother's collection.  She loved to share the flowers from God's Garden.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  Love, Love, Love, Love.

3 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

This is such a sweet post. A beautiful tribute to the love your parents shared.
My daughter and I have talked about using symbolic herbs and flowers in her bouquet... someday... whenever that day comes.

martha e said...

Your sharing photos and stories about your mother’s tussie mussie collection has been so very special. Thank you for sharing so that we could enjoy the beautiful examples of these exceptional antique pieces.

What a fitting way to incorporate them into a tribute to your parent’s anniversary date. I loved seeing the photo of their wedding book and the Wedding Flowers of God’s Garden. Thank you, thank you!

Martha e

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Finally have a moment to catch up on posts today -- what sweet sentiments this entry contains...I have always been so touched by your family - and your parent's love of one another. Loved seeing the wedding booklet with God's Garden on there -- how neat to see and know that your mother's life literally bloomed with flowers/herbs and that your dad helped make it all possible for her! Very special, thanks for sharing!!