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Old, new, borrowed, blue. It’s a tradition that has been around since at least the Victorian era and surprisingly one that remains a part of many brides’ wedding rituals. Perhaps it’s the singsong rhyme of the poem itself that keeps the tradition so popular, but I like to think it is the connection and reflection implicit in the ritual itself that makes it so timeless. Something old symbolizes the ties that bind—the merging of two families, of past and present. Something new is the newness created by the very union itself as well as the bright hope for the future that such a union brings. Something borrowed is perhaps my favorite as it creates an unforgettable connection with a fortunate friend or family member—hopefully one whose marital longevity will pass on to the borrowing bride. And finally, something blue, a color that has long stood for such virtuous traits as love, purity and fidelity. And let’s not forget the sixpence in the shoe. Representing good fortune and prosperity, the silver sixpence is traditionally placed in the bride’s left shoe.
This year, we felt this timeless custom was the perfect starting point for our annual Pensacola Magazine Weddings fashion shoot. With the help of a fantastically talented and creative team, I think we have produced a visually gorgeous shoot this year. From the Gatsby inspired old to the ultra modern new and from the bohemian borrowed to the vivid blue, the shoot holds inspiration for every bride-to-be. Special thanks to Melissa Wilson Photography, Chloe at Supposey Wedding Florals, Rebecca Taylor at Vivid Artistic Hair Design as well as all of our vendors, models and staff for helping to create such a stunning shoot. We truly hope you enjoy.
As is tradition here at Ballinger Publishing, we give the cover of our annual Weddings edition of Pensacola Magazine away to a local bride. It’s so much fun to look at all of the submissions and so very hard to choose just one winner. This year, we fell in love with the all-American charm of bride Brooke Barnes. We loved Brooke’s joyful smile and natural look as well as the vintage accessories used as props in her photograph. Local photographer Barrett McClean of Barrett McClean Photography did an excellent job of capturing the essence of a happy bride. We hope you like our pick!
Also in this issue—plenty of advice, ideas and inspiration! Articles on rings, wedding rentals, party ideas, prenuptial agreements, tipping and more are in this 2014 Wedding Edition of Pensacola Magazine. Plus, our annual inspiration guide and the Ultimate Wedding Directory—the only resource you need to plan the perfect Pensacola wedding!
Questions? Comments? Story Ideas? Please email Kelly Oden at Kelly@ballingerpublishing.com.