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I've recently become obsessed with a wedding blog called Green Wedding Shoes. It's an adorable compliation of (mostly) California weddings with cute ideas and suggestions for wedding-and-honeymoon planning.
The incredibly beautiful wedding of Kelli and Clayton in Cali caught my eye on the blog today. Not only were the couple and the ceremony gorgeous, but I loved the bride's personal touches:
The centerpieces and dishes were all from Kelli's mother's antique wedding-topper collection. So amazing, and what an outside-of-the-box heirloom to have.
The other thing I loved (there are no pictures) is that Kelli had her garter made from her mother's wedding dress. How original!
So if you're not the wear-my-mother's-dress type or you don't have a collection of delicate, handpainted fine china lying around, here are some suggestions for innovative heirlooms: If you have your mother's dress (and you don't have sisters who want to wear it), why not use it somehow? A veil, a garter (thanks, Kelli!), lace on top of your dress... I know, not terribly original. But a nice way to have a piece of your mother's marriage with you as you begin your own.
And enjoy more pictures of Kelly and Clayton's wedding here.