Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I really had to think about this weeks challenge. My immediate family is scattered all over the world and looking through my image gallery I realised that I did not have one photograph of us all together.

I decided in the end to submit this image that I took at the wedding of a dear friends daughter. Both the bride and groom had lost people dear to them, including the bride’s father and both wanted a symbol that would help the guests remember those who were missing.

Was it appropriate for a wedding? I thought so and I know the other guests did. What about you? If you were getting married or were attending a wedding, would you like to see something like this?


24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

  1. YAduhYAduH November 28, 2011 / 00:28

    Perfectly appropriate as this was THEIR wedding, and it was obviously a very important thing for THEM and probably their family too.


  2. jakesprinter November 28, 2011 / 01:53

    Looks different but the symbol is very symbolical nice post Mike 🙂


  3. siggiofmaine November 28, 2011 / 03:23

    I think this is a wonderful way to honor those people that were important in their lives and now gone.
    My daughter had a favorite doll of her daughter’s near the wedding party to symbolize that while she
    was unable to be there (she was 8) because of circumstances, she will always be able to see she was
    on the minds of everyone…the same with this candle. A wonderful remembrance.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine


  4. Cardinal Guzman November 28, 2011 / 06:43

    Touching phototgraph. I’ve also lost almost all my close ones.


  5. Angelia Sims November 28, 2011 / 06:51

    This is incredibly sweet! We put my dad, step-dad and grandmother on the back of our program to honor them.

    So hard not having family at big events. 😦


  6. nellibell49 November 28, 2011 / 13:10

    Oh yes. That’s beautiful.


  7. Northern Narratives November 28, 2011 / 22:39

    Personally, I would not do this at my wedding but I think it is important to respect the ceremony chosen by the bride and groom on their special day.


  8. thirdhandart November 29, 2011 / 18:49

    I like the idea that even though people we love pass on, their light still shines. My husband and I were married in a small civil ceremony many years ago. But, if our ceremony had been larger, I would totally have done this.
    My opinion could be related to my Catholic upbringing. When I was younger, it was normal for people praying in church to donate a little money and then light a candle for departed souls, etc.


  9. Gracie Sam November 29, 2011 / 19:16

    What a wonderful way of honouring and remembering people who have been an important part of their lives!


  10. spidersworkshop November 29, 2011 / 21:52

    I think that is a beautiful idea. It must of been very hard/sad to blow the candle out at the end, or did they let it burn till it went out?


  11. Marryl AllWrite November 30, 2011 / 00:14

    This is a wonderful way to honor and remember people dear to us. Besides it’s their wedding day and they made it more special with the lighting of the candle.


  12. thinkcaroline November 30, 2011 / 06:17

    I think this idea is amazing! I had never lost any family until recently (my uncle lost his battle with liver cancer three weeks ago) and this is an awesome idea to represent family members gone but still there in spirit.


  13. pix & kardz November 30, 2011 / 06:54

    what a thoughtful tribute.
    and why not?
    family times and milestone moments often bring back memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, and so it is very appropriate to reflect with gratitude the blessings they have been to us, having contributed to who we are.
    thank you for sharing.


  14. Mezza November 30, 2011 / 07:28

    This is an educational and moving submission… I love it. thankyou!


  15. ljr3 December 1, 2011 / 22:40

    I think it is a great idea. It is what matters to the bride and groom that is important. We did something similar for our wedding. My husband’s father passed away suddlenly, just after my husband and I met, so we never got to meet. I thought it would be nice to feel he was with us for our wedding day. Mixed in with the various white flowers in my bouquet and in my husband’s buttonhole were red poppies, used as a symbol of remembrance. It made us feel he was there and that is all that mattered.


  16. Jo Bryant December 2, 2011 / 00:30

    what a fabulous way to honour their memory and include them


  17. Isabelle December 2, 2011 / 13:55

    What a beautiful way to honour their memory in their special day.


  18. Venusa December 2, 2011 / 16:47

    wow… a special precious gift for their wedding:) thanks so much for sharing Mike:)


  19. nelson RN December 2, 2011 / 19:17

    It’s actually my first time to see something like this on a wedding. It’s a nice idea though. Our loved ones are able to take part in important events even if they’re already gone. Thank you for sharing this touching photograph.


  20. bluebee December 3, 2011 / 06:35

    I like it and think it is appropriate – weddings are joyous occasions but they are also reminders of those who are not there with us – the circle of life


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