It’s funny to think about what feeds your sense of history. For me, it’s hardly ever museums, or first-hand accounts from older family members, or preserved letters, hand-written by feather on a 500-year-old scroll. For me, the past is mostly hear-say in general conversation, with other parts filled in from school, podcasts and the history channel. I’ve also read a handful of the classics. Oh, and Rae got me into watching Downton Abbey. This is the stuff my imagination uses to construct my sense of the past. I don’t claim to be very informed about anything that happened before lunch. And I don’t really know how I got it in my head what a wedding from 100 or so years ago might feel like, but I think this wedding might have been a glimpse into that past. I mean, there were obvious reasons why this is the case: E’s style and decor were largely inspired from the 1920’s, but also…. there was a certain ‘I don’t know’ that infused the day with a vibe from that era—something in the dignity that seemed to be in the air…a pleasant, subtle dignity and grace. I think maybe that is what summoned the nuns to us in The Public Gardens. It was all the more fitting, too, when the mayor of town dropped in, and a jazzy trio played during the reception. Of course, The Lord Nelson is beautiful, and lends itself to a sense of time past.
It’s interesting to think what humans will think a hundred years from now, in the year 2118, when they stumble upon the ancient artifact known as a “JPG”, and see this collection of wedding photos, and they witness a wedding from a 100 years ago, inspired in theme and feel by a time one hundred years before that.
In fact, if you’re reading this in the year 2118 somehow (through some sophisticated time-bending technology), I’m thrilled that climate change hasn’t destroyed us all. Please email me to let me know how we did that. Whether or not you’re from the distant future, I hope you enjoy some of our favourite moments from this most graceful wedding.