The details at weddings are my favorite. I'm obsessed with photographing ring sets, floral arrangements, shoes, cakes, the decor, basically everything that goes into creating the environment of the wedding day. I love the intricate beauty of getting up close and personal with these details, and it's so nice to see, from time to time, the unique ways San Antonio couples are applying marriage traditions to their modern lives.
Lately I've been curious about various traditions and did some digging into the history and tradition of wedding rings! And then I also found some fun facts, and because I'm a nerd like that I have to share them with ya'll! Did you know that 17 tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States alone? That is a lot of gold.
In America, it wasn't until World War II that men started wearing wedding rings to remind them of their wives and show commitment while overseas, and it wasn't until after the Korean War that this tradition started passing from American military men to the civilian men.
The placement of the wedding and engagement rings on the "ring finger" of the left hand can be traced back to the Egyptian belief that the "vein of love" ran through the third finger, directly to the heart. With the heart believed to be on the left side of the chest, they chose the left hand. While we know today this is not necessary medically accurate, the tradition holds fast.
Gold and silver seem like traditional wedding band choices for us today, but some of the first ever wedding bands were made out of braided plants, long before humans and discovered mining of metals! Clearly these rings weren't very sturdy, and eventually leather and then metal became the new norm. Now, you can buy all sorts of unique wedding rings (have you looked on Etsy?!) made from everything from metal, to wood, to silicone!
Being all about the details, I love when couples personalize their wedding bands in some way. Some engrave the wedding date, their names or a special phrase into the band, and others get bands that can communicate real-time heartbeats or have the sound waves of each other's voices engraved into them!
With all the options, and today's loosening of traditions, there is no reason to stick by the tried and true if it isn't your thing. San Antonio is a city rich in culture and tradition, but so many couples here are incorporating unique elements into their wedding day! The only thing I beg of you is that you let me photograph your beautiful wedding details, no matter what they are!