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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The reasons for this fun tradition

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History of Something old, new, borrowed, and blue!

This tradition actually comes from an Old English Rhyme..

Something Olde
Something New
Something Borrowed
Something Blue
A Sixpence in your Shoe

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography

What does it mean?

As we have learned by now, there is a reason for everything. Whether its a symbol or a superstition or whatever, everything in weddings seems to stand for something! 

The Something old is a symbol of Continuity 

The something new represents your future

Something Borrowed is borrowing someone else's happiness. Typically a bride will borrow something that from a happily married bride. (So, if you want to keep this tradition true, you might want to borrow something from a friend or family member who is happily married)

Something Blue represents the brides faithfulness and purity. 

The sixpence is the most forgotten part of the poem! The brides father is supposed to place a sixpence in the brides left shoe to attract wealth for the new couple.

The bride is typically given these items right before her wedding to wear on the wedding day, but as tradition goes on, some acquire them sooner and some get them for themselves.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, something Blue | Fort Collins Weddings Photographer | Elizabeth Jane Photography

What can you use?

Something Old

Jewelry is usually what I see as the something old. Wearing a grandmothers old necklace or moms ring. Anything that is a family heirloom. I had one couple who had a cake topper on their cake that had been in the family for over 75 years! Talk about a tradition!

Something New

Typically a brides "something new" is her dress, or shoes, or veil, or anything she bought to complete her wedding day attire.

Something Borrowed

The most unique item I have seen for this is mom's wedding dress. They always say "Save your wedding dress so your daughter can wear it some day!" and I have to admit that out of the 100+ weddings I have photographed and been to, I have only had one bride wear her moms wedding dress (the photo of the smiling bride and groom). And it was gorgeous!

The bride in the above photo wore a neighbors pearls as her "something borrowed"

Something Blue

Shoes, garters, and underwear are typically what I see for the "Something Blue". I had a bride wear sapphire earrings and necklace once, but for the most part I haven't seen anything too crazy on this one!

Another thing that I see often is brides including something of a loved one who has passed in their bouquet. The bride above included a locket of her mother and a little bottle with her ashes in it, so her mother could still be with her on her wedding day!

Cortney + Zach’s Wedding | Younger Ranch | Colorado Springs, CO

Cortney + Zach

06.23.2018

She pulled up her black and white “cow” socks as she said, “This is what my life revolves around, cows” spoken like a true ranchers wife. But the truth is, her life revolves around the two blond, curly haired boys standing next to her. THEN it revolves around cows.

Cortney and Zach’s wedding was gorgeous and the weather was perfect! No rain, a little cloud cover during times, and even a couple deer made their appearance after the ceremony and we tried to grab a couple photos with them!

One of my favorite things about photographing weddings is when I get to be a part of the family. I met Cortney at her sisters wedding, that I also photographed. Now, two years later, here I am with the same family members and knowing a little more of the story! It makes me so happy when “grandpa” comes up and starts talking to me without having to make small talk.

That’s what I love about my job. Watching families evolve. Photographing families one year, and coming back a couple years later to see how they have changed, grown, grieved, feared, hurt, and laughed. There’s something special about that. About feeling like I’M part of that family. It make me so happy!

I am obsessed with this wedding, and come on, look at Easton’s cute smile and those little curls!

If I were to pick a favorite photo from this wedding it would be from the end of the night as Zach and Cortney were playing the “shoe game” and Easton climbed into his dads lap, took off his own boot, and joined in on the fun!

Vendors

Flowers- Sara Andolsek

Officiant- Kevin Weatherby

Wedding Coordinator- Hannah Miller

Stephanie + Devin | Fort Collins Backyard Wedding

Stephanie + Devin

06.05.2018

I should point out that I am so awkward around people I don’t know. Which makes for a tough job when you are in the business of sales, especially for yourself! When I first met Steph and Devin I felt like they weren’t strangers at all (but that doesn’t mean I still wasn’t awkward) and I loved their story, their wedding plans, and not to mention their adorable son, Walter.

As Steph was telling me their plans for their wedding I wanted to yell at her (somewhat like a 8 year old jealous girl) “No! That’s my dream wedding!!” and when we showed up at Steph and Devin’s house, it was everything I pictured it to be!

Steph and Devin had a backyard wedding at their home, which they have bought from Devin’s grandparents. They were surrounded by their family and friends and had a dance floor set up on their lawn with market lights dangling over. Throughout the whole day my team and I kept saying, “I love this.” “This is perfect!” “They’re so adorable!” and we may have thrown in a few “Oh my gosh it’s so hot” here and there, but it was a BEAUTIFUL wedding day.

Steph and Devin, thank you SO much for trusting me to document this special day. It seriously means the world to me! I hope you’re having fun in Hawaii. Lucky ducks!

 

 

Brittany + Joe | Northeastern Colorado Wedding

Brittany + Joe

06.02.2018

Brittany and Joe both came from the same small town, but it wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced them that their story began. I LOVE hearing people’s story about how they first met, and with Brittany and Joe I heard the best parts of it at their wedding from their officiant (Joe’s uncle) and the Maid of Honor (the mutual friend AKA Matchmaker).

Once Brittany and Joe started dating I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” and I loved seeing photos of the two of them together from day one. Their smiles are both so big every time they are around each other. Not to mention their smiles are also contagious. When I left their wedding my cheeks were hurting!

Brittany and Joe’s wedding was a lovely afternoon wedding on the driving range at Riverview Golf Course in Sterling, CO. They spent the day surrounded by family and friends, and even Joe’s two-day-old nephew!

I can’t wait to see where life takes these two! Joe and Brittany, thank you SO much for asking me to be a part of your day!

Vendors

Venue- Riverview Golf Club

Officiant- Rodney Bellinder

Florist- Countryside Gardens, Sterling, CO

Caterer- Melody Hime

Cake- Melody Hime

DJ- Gordon Avenue, Golden, CO

Wedding Traditions | Bridesmaids | Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer

Why do Brides have Bridesmaids

The reasons for this fun tradition

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History of the Bridesmaid

When one of your close friends gets married you may wait around to see if they will ask you to be one of the bridesmaid, but the sad truth behind the history of bridesmaids is that they are actual evil spirit decoys. Many wedding traditions come from wayyyy back and they were often scared of evil spirits. The bridesmaids dressed up like the brides to try and trick the evil spirits. So, next time you are asked to be a bridesmaid, just know that you're really the brides evil spirit decoy!

Northeastern 18 | Sterling, Co | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Why do we continue??

There are several other reasons for the continuation of the bridesmaid. In this article in the Reader's Digest they said "There’s evidence of this custom {bridesmaids dressing like the bride} dating back to ancient Rome and feudal China, where a bride may have been required to travel many miles to her groom’s town, making her susceptible to attack by bandits or rival suitors. With a host of bridesmaids all dressed alike, it became that much harder to target the bride on the road or at her ceremony".

So the next time you're asked to be a bridesmaid know that you may be in charge of more than just making sure the bride has a good day! You may need to risk evil spirits and kidnapping!

McC Ranch | Loveland Colorado Wedding Venues

But what about the groomsmen??

Remember how the bridesmaid tricked evil spirits and kidnappers? The groomsmen, or Bride's knights, were there to protect the bride on her journey to meet the groom. It is also believed that in some cases these bride's knights were actually the kidnappers who stole her from her family to get married.

There are also sources that state the best man was often the best sword's man and he would stand next to the groom to protect him and the bride. I also read that the reason the groom stands on the audiences right is so that he can easily draw his sword if he is right handed and being attacked. 

So maybe you'd be better off asking the Man in Black or Inigo Montoya to be your best man than your best buddy from college who may be really good at drinking. Although, he may be the best option as a bridesmaid as in some cultures they are to drink all the drinks brought to the bride on her wedding day.

It is crazy to see how some traditions began and have evolved over time!

Kenna + Wade | Ellis Ranch | Loveland, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Kenna + Wade

5.12.18

I LOVE small and intimate weddings. There is just something about being surrounded by your family and closest friends that I love. Kenna and Wade’s wedding was just that. Kenna + Wade got married at Ellis Ranch on a overcast and rainy day, but the weather cleared up just in time for the ceremony and some family picture outside. AKA a photographers dream!

At Ellis Ranch the bride and her father come down the hill in a horse drawn carriage. I was watching Wade to see when he would turn to see his beautiful bride and he waited to look at her until she was at the end of the aisle and started to make her way to him. His eyes were locked on her the ENTIRE ceremony and even on through the reception.

Kenna and wade spent the evening surrounded by the people closest to them, as they will spend the rest of their lives.

Vendors

Venue- Ellis Ranch

Caterer- Rudy’s

Cake- Donut Haus

DJ- Stage one

Flowers- Lil flower shop

Dress- Bridal Connection in Longmont

Seamstress- Cindi James Alterations

Is Rain on your Wedding Day Good Luck? | Colorado Wedding Photographer

Rain on your wedding day?

The reasons for this superstition

McC Ranch | Loveland Colorado Wedding Venues

Rainy Forecast

As a Colorado Wedding Photographer, there is one thing that I have zero control over on the wedding day; rain! The morning of each wedding I check the forecast for the day to see if we should expect any rain. Now, this forecast may change about 40 times before the bride even gets into her dress, but it helps me get an idea of what to expect. So many brides ask me if it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day so I decided to do some research. 

Ellis Ranch Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

What started this superstition?

As is the case with most wedding traditions and superstitions, rain is considered good luck because it was a symbol. Now, who decided what everything symbolized, I don't know, but I do know what rain did symbolize!

Rain symbolizes fertility, cleansing, and unity. 

You need rain for things to grow, which is the reason for the symbolism of fertility. If you have rain on your wedding day that is a sign that you will grow and raise children. In the same aspect, rain helps to cleanse things, like your past. Rain washes away the past and allows you to have a fresh start. My personal take on unity is this; much like the common sand ceremony, two colors of sand are joined together in one vase and can never be separated again, in the same way, once a drop of rain falls on top of another drop of rain, the two can never be separated and will always be a part of the other.

 

Ellis Ranch Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Is rain bad luck?

BUT, I do have some bad news.

Rain on your wedding day also symbolizes tears. When I first read this I thought of the tears of loved ones in heaven, but it's not quite that sentimental. The rain symbolizes the tears the bride will shed in their marriage. There is a little bit of hope, as I didn't see any posts that specified if they were tears of happiness or sadness!

Why Did I Become a Photographer?

Why I'm a Photographer

And what got me started

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Photo by © Darcy Fehringer of Miss Darcy Photography 1998

 

Back when I was a kid..

If you remember in my fun facts about me I said that I was the baby of 5. I was tortured as a child by my 3 older brothers, but loved when my sister came home to visit. She is 14 years older than me and left for college when I was 4 years old, so from a young age I always looked up to her and wanted to be just like her.

When she was in college she started doing some film photography, and I always wanted to play with her camera, but I was a small child with grimy hands and wasn't allowed to play with it for the longest time.

The day finally came that she let me take some pictures with it and I was so excited! And then at the age of 8 (or something like that) I decided I wanted to be just like her.

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One of my early (and clearly amazing) photos. 

Where it all started

I got my first camera as a hand me down from my brother. It was a plastic point and shoot film camera. After a few years I upgraded to a new point and shoot film, then I got a digital camera and I was taking pictures of everything from flowers to fences to every cow in the pasture. I took that camera with me EVERYWHERE and it was my baby. I was limited by the capabilities of my camera and saved up the money for my first DSLR. Once I got that camera, the rest was history!

I started a lot of my photography shoots using my oldest niece and nephew as models and my friends as guinea pigs. Eventually this hobby turned into a money maker, then a college major, then a side job, and now a career.

It's funny to look back now and think that all of this started because I was an annoying little wannabe sister, but who am I kidding, I'm still a wannabe sister!

Miss Darcy Photography

A shout out to my sister

My big sister has been running her own business for years now and has expanded it into quite the amazing business! Miss Darcy Photography is the business that started it all and EVENTography is the business her and her husband have started. If you have friends in California, send them their way!

Two Newborn Sessions available each month! | Fort Collins Newborn Photographer

Limited Newborn Spots available

Time to schedule!

Fort Collins Newborn Photographer

Only two newborn sessions a month!

I am ramping up for a busy season from now until December. I have many family sessions and weddings each month, and because of this I am only accepting two newborn sessions each month!

Newborn sessions can take a long time and you are working with a very unpredictable little human. I want to ensure that all of my clients get the time and attention that they all deserve, so I am only accepting to newborn a month!

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Customized sessions

I have started spending more time at my sewing machine to add a lot of customization to my sessions. If there are interests that you have or colors that you love, I can make outfits for our session to incorporate those items! Sometimes newborn onesies can be cute, but they may not fit the greatest, which may not make for the best photo. 

Customized items may include rompers, pants, bonnets, hats, etc. 

There may be an additional charge for unique requests.

Newborn | Fort Collins Newborn Photographer

How does scheduling work?

Contact me to book your session prior to your due date! I will add your due date to my calendar and will keep in touch with you around the baby's due date. Once the munchkin arrives we will schedule your session within the first 7-10 days.

Most people don't know this, but we want the little one asleep during their session. Newborn sessions can take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on how well they sleep while we are shooting and posing etc. I do my best to keep them asleep but some are just heavier sleepers than others, so there is often a lot of rocking involved to keep them asleep!

Contact me to book your session before all my spots are filled up!

The Slow Season is Coming to an End

The Slow Season is Coming to an End

Time to schedule!

Fort Collins Newborn Photographer

Ready or Not..

Some businesses have slow seasons and some are just busy year round. For photographers, our slow season is new years until about daylight savings/spring time. During the beginning of the year everyone is recovering from the holidays and no one wants to go outside in the wind and cold we have had here in Colorado. Instead of fighting it, I have been enjoying the calm before the storm and working on business behind the scenes and relaxing a bit before everything gets crazy! Busy season is here!

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What does that mean for you??

Now is the time to book your summer portrait session! I typically book about 4-8 weeks out during the summer due to scheduling, weather, and me having a bit of a life outside of the business!

If you want a family session this summer, just reach out to me and let me know when you are thinking! Even if it's April and you want a session in July, I will add you to my list and reach out to you once I start booking July sessions! This helps both of us plan!

If you are a 2019 senior and want photos, it is best to do those during the summer BEFORE you head back to school since both of us probably have more flexible schedules! Just reach out to me and let me know what you are thinking! This will give us both some time to prepare for your shoot so we can include everything you want!