Happy Medieval Monday! This past weekend was our anniversary. My sweetheart and I took a short holiday -- a long weekend -- to celebrate, so I don't have much in the way of a post today. But I was inspired to look up some medieval wedding images.
Priest, no priest. Handfasting. A simple exchange of vows, no witness required. A royal procession. A good number of the marriages were arranged. During the long, medieval era (approx. 500 - 1500), wedding traditions varied widely. They also changed in the course of 1000 years. None of that is surprising, right? Even now, in our modern times, no two weddings are alike, which is as it should be.
My own wedding was 41 years and one day ago. I was 19 and my groom, 25 -- so young and in love. It was a formal occasion, honestly over our heads. I hardly remember a thing. Isn't that crazy? I don't mind, though. It was a happy, exciting day that I think of as our family's birthday. I could not be more grateful.
Most of the medieval paintings and engravings depict royal weddings or, at least, those of the nobility. They were more political alliances than anything else. But I like to think that at least for some of the couples, it was a happy, exciting day.
Just like ours was. :)
I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
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Wishing you a magical week ahead!
What a lovely post! Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I just celebrated our 40th in December. ♥
Thank you, Ivy! :) Wishing you and your husband many happy years ahead!
I can still see the sparkle of love in you and your husband's eyes, Anastasia--a beautiful couple and family. Thank you for sharing! Happy Anniversary and Happy Medieval Monday! Hugs! xo
Thank you, dear Mary. We still have fun! :) Wishing all the best to you and yours! Happy Medieval Monday!
Fantastic photos, especially those of you and your husband. Love your wedding dress--the great collar and the lace-capped long sleeves. And a beautiful veil. May you have another forty one happy years! Hugs.
Barb, thanks so much! The photos look so old to me! LOL! I guess they are rather old. :) Thank you for your good wishes and the hugs! Sending some right back! Happy Medieval Monday!
I love thinking of a wedding anniversary as a family's birthday. Congratulations! Wishing you 41 more--at least! Hugs!
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