Five Fabulous Finds

Just a list of Five Fabulous Finds I found on the interweb this week.

#1 Richard and Mildred Loving

50 years ago, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested and sentenced to a year in jail for getting married.  That’s right, getting married. In 1958 Richard and Mildred wanted to get married, but their home state of Virginia didn’t allow inter-racial marriages, so they had to go to Washington DC to marry instead, when they returned home they were woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.  They managed to negiotate a deal where if they moved to Washington they could stay out of jail.  They decided to move, and hire a lawyer to fight for their right to be married.  Their fight reached the Supreme Court and the decision was overturned, and changed the the law relating to inter-racial marriages in America. Pretty amazing stuff really, and the fact that their last name is Loving, makes the story even more fabulous, I think.

On the 40 year anniversary of their victory Mildred released this statement.

Loving for All, by Mildred Loving “When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn’t to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married. We didn’t get married in Washington because we wanted to marry there. We did it there because the government wouldn’t allow us to marry back home in Virginia where we grew up, where we met, where we fell in love, and where we wanted to be together and build our family. You see, I am a woman of color and Richard was white, and at that time people believed it was okay to keep us from marrying because of their ideas of who should marry whom.When Richard and I came back to our home in Virginia, happily married, we had no intention of battling over the law. We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match. Isn’t that what marriage is? Not long after our wedding, we were awakened in the middle of the night in our own bedroom by deputy sheriffs and actually arrested for the ‘crime’ of marrying the wrong kind of person. Our marriage certificate was hanging on the wall above the bed. The state prosecuted Richard and me, and after we were found guilty, the judge declared: ‘Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.’ He sentenced us to a year in prison, but offered to suspend the sentence if we left our home in Virginia for 25 years exile. We left, and got a lawyer. Richard and I had to fight, but still were not fighting for a cause. We were fighting for our love. Though it turned out we had to fight, happily Richard and I didn’t have to fight alone. Thanks to groups like the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, and so many good people around the country willing to speak up, we took our case for the freedom to marry all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And on June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that, ‘The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,’ a ‘basic civil right.’ My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God’s plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry. Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the ‘wrong kind of person’ for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights. I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”

 #2 Love Quotes from Classic Movies we love.

dirty dancing

Movies can be a great source of inspiration when you are planning your wedding, be it the theme of the wedding, the decor or styling or inspiration for your actual ceremony or even your vows.

Here’s some of my favourites:

“You make me want to be a better man.” Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets

“In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you.” Mac MacGuff, Juno

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.” – Harry, When Harry Met Sally

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” —Rhett, Gone with the Wind

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” —Baby, Dirty Dancing

#3 Angel Gowns NZ

angel gown
One of the angel gowns that were made by volunteers from a beautiful donated wedding dress.

I have been a fan of this idea for awhile now, and am always alittle teary when reading and looking at the photos on their Facebook page.  The idea that women are donating their beautiful wedding gowns for beautiful angel babies and their families to use fills me with so much joy.  Check out exactly what they do here:

“As a midwife I have suported families through the tragedy of losing a baby, In Hamilton where I work, parents are given every opportunity to bathe, cuddle and dress their precious baby. Some of these babies are born earlier than expected and don’t fit the clothing their mum and dad may have chosen for them, or sometimes it is too hard for parents to shop for their angel baby in a mainstream shop.

A friend forwarded some information on to me about an Australian company who make beautiful gowns out of recycled wedding dresses. What better way to help than to offer this service in New Zealand. So as a group, of as many volunteers I can find, we want to provide beautiful gowns for beautiful angels.

Do you have a wedding or bridesmaids dress in the back of your wardrobe? And want to donate to enable parents to dress their angels, afterall we all deserve to go to heaven in a beautiful gown. xx”

If you or anyone you know would like to donate their wedding dress, contact them via their Facebook page. angel gowns nz

#4 Wedding Dress Fails

Just for a wee laugh, a few wedding dress fails for your enjoyment.

gangsta-style-graffiti-wedding
Gangsta wedding attire, nothing says “I love you” more thatn “wifey” on your butt.
fairy-princess-dress
Kinda have to feel sorry for the poor groom at this wedding.

C-section-wedding-dress
Not sure what to say about this!

cocoon-wedding-dress
My absolute favourite.

#5 Shoe Decals

shoe decals

How cute are these shoe decals, totally customised of course, for the bottom of your wedding day shoes. If you get them in blue, they can also double as your ‘something blue’ check out the etsy store: Gifted Thimble

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