I have always loved my Grandma and Grandpa's wedding photo. They were married in 1928. Late last year my parents gave me the photo. It's such a great picture of them. I think my grandma looks so elegant in her dress and headband. Check out the huge bouquet of flowers with the draping ribbons. This is the only time I've ever seen my grandma with short hair. I remember her brushing out hair that reached all the way down her back and then twisting it into a braid before she went to bed. During the day she would wrap it up into a neat bun that she piled on top of her head. This photo of her as a young bride gives me a glimpse into her past and lets me see her as someone besides "Grandma."
My mom just told me "Her dress was blue velvet and she had made it herself. I still have a piece of the ribbon from the bouquet. She also carried a blue hanky that I carried at my wedding and two grandchildren of hers carried at their wedding. It is so fragile now that I have it framed along with the flower ribbon."
A week or two after they gave me the photo they had this frame laying by their front door because they were going to get rid of it. The frame was an ugly brown, made out of plastic, but it had a beautiful domed glass insert. For some reason it also had this picture of a raccoon in it....
I tossed the frame into the trunk of my car and there it sat for a couple of weeks because I forgot about it. When Tony put his cap and gown in the trunk for graduation, we told him the raccoon picture was his graduation present and made him pose at school with it. My son has a good sense of humor and played along with our joke. LOL!
I finally brought the frame inside and decided to paint it. I mixed Aqua Smoke with a hint of black and got a really great gray/aqua color. The photo doesn't do it justice, but take my word for it - it's a great color and beautifully offsets the black and white picture. Then I popped Grandma and Grandpa's wedding photo into the frame. It's a whole new look.
The framed photo is headed to the lake house. It's going to look wonderful in my bedroom.