January 23, 2018

“With this Ring I Thee Wed … ” – the history of the wedding ring

 

Ancient belief has it that the wedding ring originated from early Egypt. Sedges, rushes and reeds were twisted and braided into rings and bracelets. These rings, of course, did not last very long and was, over time, replaced by rings made of bone, ivory or leather. Still later it was replaced by metal rings.

First metal that was used was iron, and it symbolized the strength of a man’s love for his wife. The biggest problem with these iron rings were rust and they had to be replaced. I think this will be applicable to unfortunately so many weddings today as the initial strength of the man’s love gets rusty and ends in divorce.

The circle of the ring symbolizes eternal, never ending, love and the hole in the middle the step through the circle to a new life with your husband or wife.

Although different fingers were used in the past the Egyptians believed that the vein in the third finger on the left hand came directly from the heart. The Greeks called it “vena amoris” which means “the vein of love.”

References:

http://www.amalfi-wedding-planner.com/eng/StoriaFedi.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_ring

http://www.weddingringorigins.com/

http://www.thehistoryof.net/history-of-the-wedding-ring.html

 

Ever Wondered Why do We Throw Confetti at a Wedding?

The most joyous moment on a wedding surely is when the newlywed couple comes out of the church to be greeted by a colourful spread of shredded paper. This is an absolute highlight at any wedding!

Ever wondered where did this unusual custom originate?

Most of us do not know the reason behind this tradition. There is actually quite a deep reason to why people throw confetti to welcome the newlyweds.

The word “confetti” originated from the Italian word “confectionary”. When the Italians use the word “confetti,” they actually refer to sweets such as candied fruit or sugared almonds, which are usually handed out during special celebrations. Most Americans know these shreds of paper as confetti.

The Italians used to refer to paper confetti as “coriandoli”. During the war, sugar and paper were in short demand and they started using coated coriander seeds in stead.

The throwing of confetti to the couple is a very old custom and this has been done from ancient days. This tradition is to “bless” the couple so that they can be as fruitful as the grain thrown upon them.

Today confetti, flower petals or even herbs are used.  A recent innovation at weddings is to use natural petal or herb confetti as it is completely biodegradeable.

Whenever you throw confetti again, remember you are actually blessing the couple.

 

Information obtained from: http://www.stumblerz.com/why-do-we-throw-confetti-at-a-wedding/

 

A Scene From The Wedding

Background:

Irene grew up in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  She wanted her wedding pictures to be taken on the beach. When they took me to the beach the day before their wedding, I asked them about people on the beach the following day, a Saturday. Their reply was that I should not worry as the main beach is a couple of kilometers away and it will be deserted.

Arriving the next day was a different story. The beach was crowded and I could not take any pictures there! Off to a deserted railroad station we went and got some stunning couple and entourage photos there.

I promised them that, if they were back on the beach early the next morning, all dressed up, hair done and a redo of the make-up, I would take some pictures. While I was waiting for them on the beach, the rain was pouring down. As they arrived, the rain stopped, and we could do the shoot. The moment we were done it started raining again!

The Setup

Beautiful clouds just after the rain, a beach with some artifacts, a stunning dress and, of course, a beautiful couple!  What more can one asks for.

The Shoot

We took several stunning pictures on the beach, including this one. For the photographers out there, here is the Metadata:

  • Lens: Nikkor VR 18 – 200mm.
  • Focal Length: 36mm.
  • AF-Area Mode: Dynamic.
  • VR: On.
  • Aperture: F5.6.
  • Shutter Speed: 1/600s.
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority.
  • Exposure: -1/3.
  • Metering: Matrix.
  • ISO: 100.
  • Flash: SB900, TTL-BL, Exposure Comp.: 0.
  • Image Data: Color Mode II (Adobe RGB), Captured with low contrast and contrast dramatically increased in pp.