By D’Arcy Benincosa

Marriage has been around for thousands of years, evolving and growing over time. Early Roman brides were known to carry herbs, such as rosemary and sage, under their veils to symbolize fidelity and fertility. These herbs are the precursor to the modern bridal bouquet. The wedding ring is placed on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart. Feeding each other wedding cake stems from the ancient belief that sharing food was a commitment to unity. And, in America, a T.V. soap opera wedding attracts more viewers than a presidential address. That is the power of a wedding.

In the past decade the perfect wedding has become a mixture of time honored traditions and personal expression. The key for each couple is to maneuver the fine line between ancient traditions while still expressing their creative voices. And it’s not just a woman’s job anymore. Seventy-five percent more men help plan weddings with their prospective brides than ever before. The commitment, the ceremony, and the celebration has become a community affair.

Trying to keep the same traditions, but also creating an original event has led to unique twists and turns. Whether it’s a bouquet that’s full of green succulents instead of roses like the floral creations of Botanical, or it’s a cake flavor called “Root Beer Float” from One Sweet Slice, weddings today are more varied, more unique, and more magnificent than they have been in any point in history.

While the modern bride and groom might not be able to compete with Queen Victoria, whose wedding cake was three yards wide and weighed 300 pounds—they are able to draw from a sea of creative artists rising up in the fields of photography, floral design, original gown creations, and innovative cake masters—thus, the tradition of getting married continues to not only thrive, but proves to be timeless.

Credits: Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa Photography | Hair & Make-Up: Vintage Rouge
Gown & Veil Design by Mary Rino | Florist: Botanical | Cake: One Sweet Slice | Venue: Cactus & Tropicals