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  • I opened my email box and stared at the strange invitation. An invitation to post on a wedding board on pintrest. Why did I get this? I don't have single plastered across my forehead. Do I?

    I looked up the board and saw it was legitimate. Some women had a board dedicated to weddings and for some reason, she thought I would have some insights into wedding fashion and celebrations. She was wrong but I'm creative so I put myself into the shoes of a bride and started to think about wedding ceremonies.

    I would want the wedding to be at night. End your single life and then start a new day married. It would take a bit of precision but maybe plan the ceremony to end at 12:01 to coincide with the end of one life alone and the beginning of a new life together - Dawn of a new day.

    Where would this night wedding happen? I lived in the south and have a soft spot for that region so I would pick a country house or plantation likehere. The trees would have fairy lights intertwined with Spanish moss and the air would smell of Jasmine and Magnolia combined.

    The bride and groom would walk down the path to the front porch symbolic of finding home. Then the ceremony would begin. Only close family wait nearby. Once the couple is married, they walk through the house to the backyard and join the party already in swing to celebrate a new life with old friends.

    Reading through my idea, I wondered if it was a bit too complicated. Watching Bridezilla videos on Anderson I thought I should take it one step further in an effort to be symbolic and simple, elegant and memorable.

    How about having two paths leading to a tree (any beautiful tree will do). Except for the paths, which are lit with tea lights, the rest of the surroundings is dark. The bride and the groom each travel down their own path to reach the tree. When they reach the tree, it is lit up with fairy lights and the ceremony begins. Nice and simple, elegant and beautiful.

    As I sit here, I can see these ceremonies happening. The happiness in the air. As I type, I'm smiling. Sometimes it's fun to put yourself in someone else's wedding shoes.

    [Photo: Self portrait by Emmy Horstkamp]
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