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Bridesmaids – The Tradition Of Having Bridesmaids In Your Wedding

How many bridesmaids will be in your wedding?  Why do we have bridesmaids?
At one time, a bride had a court of maids and the primary reason was to fool evil spirits, yes that’s right, evil spirits.  Bridesmaids clothed themselves in a similar fashion as the bride;  it was to confuse ill presences hovering around the wedding.  The ill presence could be in spirit form, or the human kind that just might have intentions to kidnap the bride.  Don’t you know it is difficult to nab the correct woman when her maids are dressed in similar attire!  This superstition of dressing the bridal party the same,  also offered protection from an ill-doer wanting to steal her dowry, which is confusing to me, did she have that on her person?
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In Rome, law demanded that witnesses come to the wedding to add confusion to the spirits that had evil intent for the bride and groom.  eHow’s “History of Bridesmaids” states that: “female wedding attendants came to a marriage ceremony in garments akin to the bride’s, while male wedding attendants–the forebears of ushers–wore attire that resembled the groom’s own clothing. This supposedly threw off bad luck that could be directed towards an easily identifiable bride and groom.”  Honestly, I never really knew why the wedding party wore the exact same outfit.
We have photographed all varieties of bridal party clothing; men who are required to wear a dark suit of their choice and matching ties, or bridesmaids that wear a dress of their choice all in a similar color, people in casual clothing; parties in all matching dresses, all matching tux’s.  I think bridal parties, at least partially, are breaking from the old tradition.
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The tradition of kidnapping brides has pretty much died off, though, I can’t say for sure if evil spirits still hang out weddings.  That is definitely out of my realm.  In the past, no person of social status was unattended, the more the status, the bigger the wedding bridal/grooms party, a nice way to show off the family’s wealth.  So, why do we still have a bridal party in modern times?  From what I can tell, a girl likes to have her friends around her on a special day, and a guy likes hanging with his buddies to celebrate.   And let us not forget the added bonus of the parties that friends often help throw for the bride and groom leading up to the wedding!
On the wedding day; the bridesmaid is kind of like an executive assistant and helps the bride with her needs on her wedding day.  She is someone who the bride can lean on and celebrate with.
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I am guessing the bridal party exists today for a multitude of reasons.  They definitely are a big help to the bride and groom, fulfilling little tasks, tying loose ends last minute etc.  Tradition certainly plays a role, although, I am convinced that the average bride and groom are probably not familiar with the true beginning of having attendants.  Moral and emotional support given by the party on this important day is definitely a reason to have close friends around.  The end result is a nice support system of friends that always end up having a laugh and a good time!  It seems like a very nice tradition and a way to bond with friends!

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Congratulations to Shauna and Jimmy! When they were telling me about their big day, I got excited to be a part of this amazing wedding. Then we checked out the website of the venue and also did a site visit… This was our first wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, and all we have to say is, WOW! If you are planning a classic, elegant wedding, you owe it to yourself to check out the Highlands Ranch Mansion. With the combination of amazing professionals and the setting of this beautiful venue, their wedding was an absolute hit!

With Julie Gambrel with Classic Creations coordinating the day, and the pumping beats of Dance Trax Entertainment , the day could not have been any more stress free or fun!

Here are some of the Professionals* that made it happen:

Wedding Coordinator Extrodinaire: Classic Creations & Special Events (www.denver-weddings.com)

Chair Covers and LinensChair Covers & Linens, Inc (www.linenhero.com)

Chairs and Furniture for Guest book area: Chairs with Character (http://chairswithcharacter.com)

DJ: Dance Trax Entertainment (www.dancetraxentertainment.com)

Flowers: Flower House (www.theflowerhouseweddings.com)

Catrering: The Food Guy (www.thefoodguy.net)

Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion (www.highlandsranchmansion.com)

Cake: The Makery (www.themakery.com)

*We have worked with most of these vendors on several occasions. Because our reputation is reflected by who we recommend to our clients, we do not mention anyone we would not use ourselves. Needless to say, we wouldn’t hesitate recommending any of the above vendors, to our clients! If you contact any of them, please mention that we sent you.

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Colorado Wedding Photographer – Engagement Session in Golden, CO

Tis the season for Engagement sessions!  Yesterday we met Jane Lee and Brendan at the Buffalo Rose, in Golden to discuss their wedding and get to know each other before we headed over to the Clear Creek History Park.  I had never been there before, but I know I will be back.  This place is full of cool old buildings that have amazing character and textures.  We love shooting backdrops like this.  Utilizing rough textures like stone, old wood, flakey paint…  It ads a nice contrast to a great looking couple like Jane Lee and Brendan.   Check out their pics.  I’m sure you’ll agree!

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