Similar to many brides' experiences, my wedding day felt crazy and fast-paced. After my bridesmaids helped me into my gown and shoes, I was ready to get on with the next thing on the schedule, but my bridesmaids stopped me in my track and told me to sit down. When they said they had gotten a gift for me, of course, I was surprised and happy, but what came next was so unexpected. The best way for me to describe the experience is to let you know that I did not cry on my wedding day, except when I received and opened my SincerelyCapri locket with my paternal grandparents and maternal great grandparents' pictures. It was a gift so special, it slowed down time for the first time that day and I felt such an overwhelming sense of calm, love, and gratitude. This is a moment I didn't prepare for nor did I think I needed at my wedding, but now looking back I feel so appreciative that my best friends had given me this experience through such a personal gift.
I still remember my maternal great grandparents, even though I was young when they passed. I was their first great-granddaughter after four great-grandsons so they always treated me like a princess. There is an old home video from the day my parents brought me home from the hospital and my great-grandma was the first one to grab me from the car seat and hold me like I was the most precious thing in the world. I was my paternal grandparents’ youngest grandchild, but they passed a few years before I was born. I never got to meet them but my dad always tells me he sees both of their spirits in me. All of these memories and thoughts flooded through me when I opened my locket.
As you prepare for your wedding day, there's a lot you think about, but I hadn't let myself think about how they couldn't be with me on my wedding day. When I looked down at their pictures, I thought about all of the sacrifices they made for me to be who I am today and how happy they would be for me if they could be here. It was truly the best gift I had ever received. Not only was I able to pin them to my bouquet feeling like they were with me while I walked to my future, but now I can remember them, my best friends, and my wedding all at the same time every day when I see my locket which is more than I could have ever asked for.