Wedding Traditions and History: Wedding Rings

How did the tradition of wearing a wedding band as a symbol that one was married begin?  The wedding ring dates back to ancient Egypt, more than 3,000 years ago.

Egyptian society saw the circular shape of the ring as a symbol of eternal love – one with no beginning and no end. Similar to present day traditions, the Egyptians wore the wedding band on their fourth finger on the left hand. Wearing a wedding ring served as a physical sealing of the marriage and a symbol of commitment. This concept has been passed down for centuries and spread throughout many cultures.

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Photo by Yvonne Wong

Unlike the more romantic Egyptians, wherein the ring symbolized love, the ancient Romans viewed the wedding ring as a symbol of possession. A woman who wore a ring signified that she was a wife who belonged to her husband.

Photo courtesy Romano Britain

Photo courtesy Romano Britain

We have the Archduke Maximillian of Austria to thank for the traditional diamond rings with which many men propose today. In 1477, the Archduke offered his beloved Mary of Burgandy a diamond as a betrothal gift – the first ever recorded diamond engagement ring.

Photo courtesy Mariana Chawi

Photo courtesy Mariana Chawi

Be sure to check out our last installment: Wedding Traditions and History: The Ring Finger.

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Get to know… Lindsay Jernegan of Frances Lane

This month we have the  pleasure of chatting with our friend Lindsay Jernegan of Frances Lane.  Lindsay is in the business of making all things pretty, especially when it comes to tabletop decor.  Our latest collab with Lindsay was at The Lab Event in San Francisco, and we are anxiously awaiting the day we’re able to work with her next!

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Name: Lindsay Jernegan

Company: Frances Lane

Started My Business: Fall 2012

Located: San Francisco / Bay Area

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Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

A: Epic cargo space in my car, which is invaluable for hauling our collections all over! And InDesign. I’d be totally lost without either.

Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Binge watching my TV show du jour (currently: The Americans & Scandal) or spending quality time with my husband Bobby and our friends.

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Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: I’m so in love with the vibe at Dawn Ranch. It’s basically the California version of where Bobby & I got married, so it goes without saying I’d love to work there.

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Q: My go to snack is _________ .

A: Chocolate covered banana slices (if I’m being bad) or an avocado with hot sauce (if I’m being good).

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: US Weekly and donuts!

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Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: The list is embarrassingly long! In addition to The Americans & Scandal I’m also obsessed with Orphan Black, The Fall (I love you forever, Jamie Dornan) and Downton Abbey.

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Q: I can’t stand ________ .

A: Waiting. Patience is a virtue I’m still working on!

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: A flight to Crescent City, CA to celebrate Bobby’s restaurant opening! (Oh yes, in addition to Frances Lane we’ve also got a brand new restaurant in the family. It’s called Porcini and serves up amazing, fresh, local food & craft beer, and it’s nestled smack dab between the ocean, the 101 and some giant redwood forests in way, way NorCal.)

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Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to _______ .

A: A borderline ridiculous amount of Beyonce, rounded out by Disclosure’s “Help me Lose My Mind” and Big Scary’s “Twin Rivers”.

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is _______ .

A: The Emma Cook jumpsuit I wore to my BFF’s Palm Spring wedding last month.

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Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Piccino! I mean, there are so many, but this one is hands down the winner. Bobby & I always, always sit at the Chef’s table. Best seat in any restaurant for us.

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Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Stacy and her team are crazy organized (that gets you everywhere, in my book) and truly great collaborators. Good energy, creative ideas, and just super fun to be around which makes work feel, well, not like work at all!

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Real Wedding: Jaime and Tim

This week, we’re so happy to share photos from Jaime and Tim’s lovely wedding at Flood Mansion in San Francisco.  Jaime and Tim were super involved in overseeing all the special details for their wedding, including creating their own special signage to be displayed throughout the venue and making 121 bags of homemade caramel corn that we handed out as guest favors (in a tiny San Francisco kitchen to boot!).  We were so impressed by how on top of everything they were when we meet them a month prior to their wedding and we knew right away that this wedding would be a wonderful reflection of them as a couple.  On the day of their wedding, not only did they make for a very handsome couple, they were both calm, confident, and patiently excited to become husband and wife.

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Jaime and Tim, we wish you a (continued) lifetime of laughter, dancing and lots of love.

Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Mark Kuroda / Venue Flood Mansion / Catering: Melons Catering / Flowers: Sharla Flock Designs / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Ceremony/Cocktail/Dinner Music: Music To Go / Band: Pop Rocks / Invitations and Program: Hello Lucky!