Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two]

What will your ceremony be like?  The beauty of planning a wedding today is that there are no hard and fast rules anymore.  Yes, you can seat everyone in the standard, stage-audience chair set up, but there are ways to create circular ceremonies, and even seating off to one side of the pew (which I saw at a mountain wedding just a few weeks ago, very cool by the way).  

Ceremonies can be inside or out, but when it comes down to it, what are you going to do at your ceremony?  Will you light a unity candle?  Mix some sand?  There are various traditions and ceremonies out there, so we're gonna start to help sift through our roots and explore the old ways and creatively implement them using a modern feel.  How does that sound?  

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

At Rubywood, brides walk down this stone path by the water feature onto the two-level deck to exchange vows with the backdrop of the Ten Mile Range and the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

[ Rubywood - Paragon Lodging ]

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

While planning details were being carried out, Dina was creating one-of-a-kind floral decor for the ceremony deck.  Lanterns were hung, and vine and Dahlias carefully placed.  Everything was coming together just as they wanted it.  

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

 The steps on the lower right of this image is the path taken down to the level where the officiant and wedding party stand to perform the ceremony.  Guests are seated above, with room to stand on either side of the chairs.

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

This is the view of the Breckenridge Ski Resort from just inside the doors leading out to the back deck.  It's a nice location that does trip duty, as you can have your ceremony here, your reception here, and then sleep here.  Check with us on working out the details of booking this and other private homes in the Breckenridge and Summit County area.  

Grace Combs Photography in Action // Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]  

I first met Grace when she was taking a minute to scout the local terrain for the "first look" photos.  A nearby patch of trees was turning yellow, and there were plenty of lodgepole pine for a dramatic forest scene.  A short drive up away is Boreas Pass, where panoramic views and strands of Aspen trees are.  

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[stacysanchez]

You can see the stack of chairs and tables in the back of tent, ready to go.  Items in place, check.  Once the details are good to go, everything is ready and the party begins.  Actually, some things might not be ready, but you'll figure out a way to keep the day going, even if certain things don't make it in.  If for some reason, the cake topper doesn't show up, or the wrong song is played, one of the best things you can do is to not stress, smile and laugh and party on.  

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two] photo[GraceCombs.com] - Rubywood, Paragon Lodging, Breckenridge wedding photography

Grace Combs then took this photo, which I saw her post on her Facebook page for Grace Combs Photography and said, 

 This couple did whats called a Salt Covenant where they mixed salts together during the ceremony. They then asked their guests to add spices to the their salts to represent how each guest has added "spice" to their lives, both individually and a couple. [Read about the Salt Covenant here]

[ Grace Combs Photography ]

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two]

One product that we're hoping helps everyone out is our handmade ring pillow, which you can repin to your board right here!  To see our first post in the Wedding Blessings series, click here.  Thanks for reading, and please be in contact if you or any clients, friends or family want help planning their mountain wedding near Breckenridge and the Summit County area.  

Wedding Blessings: The Salt Covenant at Rubywood, a Paragon Lodging property // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part Two]

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One] - The Inspiration

The Story //

It all started when Dina wanted to trace some roots and visit her father's homeland, Greece.  We meet second cousins and were treated like royalty with newfound family from around the world.  We then explored the Greek islands, one of those being Naxos.  On Naxos, driving around the coast and near towering windmills, we stumbled upon the Temple of Demeter.  This temple had fragrant bushes lining the walk and inspired Dina to create the Wedding Blessings Collection.  

Dina on the island of Naxos in Greece.  photo[stacysanchez]

The Inspiration // 

Dina Sanchez, owner of Creative Flowers Inc.| Petal and Bean (and my wife) tells the story of her inspiration for wanting to create a collection of products that will complement and enhance your wedding day.  We call that collection the Wedding Blessings.  Here's what Dina says about her desire to collect these products for couples to enjoy on their wedding day.

Dina says, "I cherish the customs  and traditions from my family's Greek culture.  These rituals are a part of a family and its history.  For many, this is what binds families together. Over the years as a professional wedding florist we have provided decor for hundreds of weddings, and at these weddings I noticed a trend of weddings getting sort of generic.  With today's melting pot  of culture, style and fashion, I encourage you to look at both your family's roots and find a tradition from the past to use for your wedding."

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Pillow //

We started this collection with one of the most important traditions in the ceremony.  The ring pillow.  But, a little backstory first.   The history of the Ring Pillow goes back to ancient Egyptian weddings, with some blogs saying "they hark from ancient Egypt, where precious gems were presented on pillows. Some say it comes from the presentation of a coronation crown upon a pillow, leading others to present their most precious gifts, their wedding rings, upon a pillow also."

So, basically, it's the sparklies, the jewels, the bling that were displayed on elaborate ornamental pillows during the wedding.   We think a modern, clean and simple solution is to have your wedding rings placed upon our handmade ring pillows.  We use an eco-friendly dupioni silk filled with dried herbs that were traditionally used in weddings by the Romans, Greeks and pagans.

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Herbs // 

Lavender was used in ceremonies as a sign of purity, devotion and happiness.  Rosemary was used for remembrance, and Thyme  for courage and strength, rose beauty and grace.  Each pillow comes with a list of the herbs, their meanings and a complimentary "blessing of the ring" reading.

Check back for more blogs on different rituals, history and wedding culture from across the globe. I hope to inspire you and help create some fun memories, while honoring our families and their backgrounds.  We all come from somewhere, right?  What's your family's favorite wedding tradition?  If you plan to include an ethnic tradition at your wedding, please share your story with us.  And if you already had your wedding and did something fun like this, please send us some photos and we'll put them up on the blog!  

>> Click here to purchase this pillow on our online store  and see it on Pinterest here