Meda’s wreath from the tomb of Philip II Gold, some 80 leaves and 112 flowers surviving, c. 310 BC
From day one, our love for one another was electric and undeniable. My husband and I have been dubbed as an unlikely duo. We're two individuals with such unique differences that we paradoxically fit together so well; it's as if the deities of love and beauty had a field day with cupid on the day we both crossed paths. Who would have thought that a hopeless romantic and the queen of cynicism would see stars in the eyes of one another and want nothing more than to hold each other's hands?
We consider our connection to be rare, whimsical and meant-to-be for two wayward souls, which is why we wanted a non-traditional, outdoor wedding on the California coast. Our love fest wasn't on a sandy beach but rather in a park with lush greenery where we could still feel the ocean breeze and smell the salty air.
To plan for a whimsical wedding, happy marriage and an eternity of exceptional love, keep the following mind:
Plan For A Forever Romance
Be intuitive. Your gut tells whether or not this is true love as well as a healthy, solid partnership. Take some time to evaluate yourself, your fiancé, your relationship and the future. You may even want to consider worst-case scenarios. Could your dynamic change after major life transitions, such as having babies, experiencing a tragedy or naturally falling into apathy? Senior Pastor at Fellowship Church Ed Young explains
that times of transition can cause a couple to drift apart.
As someone who lives spiritually and faithfully, I took this message seriously. Through open and honest communication, my fiancé and I talked extensively about sharing the rest of our lives together and ways that we'll continue to cultivate our relationship, as Pastor Young advocates. Make sure to cover every topic, including raising a family, handling finances and budgeting, sexuality and career trajectories.
For an outdoor wedding, a dress designed with delicacy, simplicity and understated glamour looks beautiful among nature's organic beauty. Style blog stompface.blogspot.com adores designer Monique Lhuillier gowns and dresses that are touched with whimsical magic.
Style Me Pretty features a Santa Barbara wedding that was "romantic and warm with a touch of easyelegance." The bride's Lhuillier "Emma" dress beautifully hugged curves and radiated among vibrant Californian greenery. Her lacy vintage veil, also Monique Lhullier, elegantly cascaded over her naturally tousled hair, shoulders and gown. Like the man you're about the marry, you'll know in your heart when you've found the perfect wedding dress.
A Headpiece With A Touch Of The Past
The desire to adorn one’s head with beauty first manifested itself in the creation of wreaths of foliage and flowers. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were presented to champions and myrtle served to symbolize newlyweds. Through the study of ancient paintings, sculpure and tapestry, we can see that wreaths also served as a symbol of wealth and men of stature. The term diadem is from the Greek diadein means – "to bind around". Early Greek diadems were basically renderings of their botanical predecessors in gold, as bands with pediments. A tiara differs from the diadem, another style of ancient ornamental headband, which was worn by Eastern monarchs. Head dresses started out as simple ribbons that were tied around the head of a king as an emblem of regal power or dignity.
The Romans, while emulating the Greeks, were not as skilled in their designs. However, it was the Greeks, who first intoduced gemstones to enhance the traditional leaves and flowers on diadems and tiaras. Women of rank were rendered in portraits and sculpture wearing golden bandeaux, wreaths and halos.
In ancient times Laurel leaves were thought to be tokens of peace and laurel branches became heraldic symbols. Laurel wreaths were given to winners, or victors in the early Olympic games and as a symbol of victory later worn by Roman conquerors such as Julius Caesar. The fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity drive the wearing of diadems, tiaras and crowns from fashion. Tiaras continued to be depicted in art but not actually worn. The French Emperor Napoleon and his Empress, Josephine, both wore the diadem at his coronation. In the Coronation painting by Jacques Louis David he is pictured wearing the stunning ‘golden’ laurel wreath, which was a tribute to his military successes. Each ‘laurel’ leaf represented a victory. Josephine wore a diamond diadem, which was made for the coronation in 1804 and sold in 1887 by the French Republic when it was purchased by the jewelry store of Van Cleef and Arpels at New York.
Wreath of gold oak leaves. The Discovery of Ancient Macedonia at the Grand Louvre.
Gold flower diadem from the Gold Tomb Gold flower diadem from KV 56
tomb, also called the Gold Tomb, in the Valley of the Kings. The diadem
is made in the shape of a ring of thin gold decorated with sixteen
golden flowers inscribed with the names of King Seti II and his senior
royal wife Queen Twosret inside cartouches of the late Nineteenth
Fresh Water Pearl Tiara Crown From Unfauxgettable Designs
Hellenistic gold wreath circa 4th-3rd century bc.
Diadem consisting of twisted road and lozenge shaped plaques
Date of Object: Mid-5th century BC
National museum of Georgia
Crown Featuring Flowering Trees 1st century A.D....
Alexander McQueen - Spring Summer 2011
Gold and Seed Pearl Demi-Parure by C. H. Rivaud circa 1900, estimated at
Â£3,500 - Â£4,500. Sold for Â£22,500 inc Buyer's Premium-www.thejewelleryeditor.com
Gold wreath of a Thracian aristocrat (ca. 4th century BCE) from Golyamata Mogila (Bulgaria)
A golden wreath and ring from the burial of an Odrysian Aristocrat at the Golyamata Mogila tumulus, situated between the villages of Zlatinitsa and Malomirovo in the Yambol region. Dated to the mid 4th century BC.
Wreath of oak leaves and flowers (Late 2nd to early 1st centuries BCE)
This stunning gold wreath is an exquisite example of the goldsmith’s
art in Hellenistic times.
Floral Flower Bouquet Tiara - Picture Credit
A seed pearl diadem arranged as a garland of wild roses. This jewel is emblematic of the pleasure and pain of Love.
The Art Dealers Association of America- artdealers.org.