Sunday, June 1, 2014

Conner and Pearl

Welcome sweet summer and beautiful blissful June! More weddings take place in June than any other month of the year. Just in the United States alone over 2 million couples are wed annually. I recently read over $72 billion is spent every year on U.S. weddings. Truth is, to me all weddings are magical and another confession, I cry at every single one I attend. John and I celebrate our anniversary in December, I wore Winter White in a month that less than 8% of couples exchange their nuptials in.

Phillipa Lepley is one of London's leading coulture bridal designers. Her Baby Olivia Hanbury Pearl dress simply put, took my breath away when I first saw a photograph of it. The Baby Olivia Hanbury Pearl dress has 80,000 2mm seed pearls hand sewn on. Exquisite in it's intended delicate feminine design. An elegant gown any future Bride can find inspiration from as she daydreams of a fairytale wedding, planning their special day.

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
a church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for,
he said one that would make me his wife.
~ Author Unknown ~

This photograph helped inspire my classical beautiful Pearl in my poem Connor and Pearl. I wrote it through the young Groom's voice, in the moments right before exchanging their vows. I hope you enjoy it. There is a tenderness, along with precious emotions expressed on a Grooms face. It imprints in your memory watching as he first sees his Bride on their wedding day. This heart warming reaction is the core essence of my poem.

I will return back in two weeks as I invite you back to our Row-home for a lighthearted visit. I want to personally thank all of you endearing Earth Angels that have either emailed or left a comment of comfort for me during my expressed grief and cyber tribute of my Dad. Your words were heartfelt and I sincerely appreciate all your kind words. Some sent cards with beautiful sentiments and below my poem Connor and Pearl is a photograph of a painting entitled "Grey Calm Sea". It is a gift that was enclosed with one of Kerrie Sanderson's water colored notecards "Broken Shell" along with her touching poetic words of comfort. Kerrie is a friend from Sea Cottage blog and her store Sea Washed. The canvas "Grey Calm Sea" Kerrie painted as a gift to me on the night my Dad passed. The Dove mini canvas is also a painting Kerrie did, slowly I have been purchasing mini canvas paintings of her beautiful art, her talent resonates emotional beauty in my heart as I grow my collection.

Connor and Pearl

At the top of the stairs everyone's eyes are focused on my lovely Pearl.
Pearl smiles at me and suddenly I'm dizzy and my head is all a swirl.

With each step down, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh is the sound of her Taffeta gown.
Her long golden hair is simply upswept and adorned with a princess tiara crown.

Her soft pink lips whisper to me "I love you", oh what a beautiful sight.
Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh down the stairs she floats in sun's bright light.

For many years I've dreamt of this very moment on my wedding day.
A promise for life, when we exchange our vows of I do, we will gleefully say.

Every single detail was anxiously planned by us for nearly a year,
honestly I thought today I'd find myself crippled by groom's fear.

To magically fall in love with a classic beauty and amazingly make her my bride,
leaves me standing here wiping tears as I am completely overwhelmed with pride.

© Vera

Paintings and note card by Kerrie Sanderson of Sea Washed

Photo's Pinterest, last photo taken by me - Vera


  1. Oh Vera love this poem. It truly is very touching. The love that two people share is heaven. I love Kerrie too. She expresses her self so well through her beautiful paintings. What a sweet and heart filled gift from her. Cherish this what a wonderful keepsake. Wishing you brighter days ahead.

  2. Vera, your poem is so romantic and touching! Any and every bride would love to be adored like this! :)
    And the painting by Kerrie is beautiful and so thoughtful!
    I'm wishing you a blessed, happy June, my friend!

  3. Dear and lovely friend, what a great tribute to what keeps us all connected and literally, alive: LOVE.

    The love of your father, a friend whose talents express such soul, and your words are the perfect muse on this gray and rainy day filled with promise. I love to think about the different facets of love, for it is found everywhere, in abundance, like the stars of the universe. Peace to you dear friend, and let's chat soon. XOXOXO

  4. How beautiful! You gave your girls a space to love and enjoy for many years to come. I love their hangout room. So fun and very nicely decorated.
    Colorful Casual Dining Rooms

  5. Oh Vera, so sweet and dear to our hearts. The poetic words once again add beauty to love.
    As for Kerrie and her sweet mini paintings they have added to your days with beautiful strokes of comfort and soulful beauty.
    I also have some of Kerrie's piece watered marked with her beautiful strokes of pale, flowers of wild, and shells of the sea, I have also been able to share her beauty with the purchase of her note cards and would send one off sharing her works with family and friends.

    Love this beautiful post, and your poetry rings the wedding bells of love, grace, and beauty.
    Will visit you soon, and will be looking forward to a sneak peak of what's to come.


  6. Dear Vera,
    Your beautiful words would be a treasure for the heart to all couples who become one.. Your poems always touch the soul..
    Kerrie's watercolors are a beautiful expression of nature.
    Happy June dear Vera...

  7. What beautiful gifts you received from a very talented lady, and, your poems are always a gift to us. Great post.

  8. Vera,

    What a beautiful post to welcome June. A wedding is truly a magical day in our lives, a day where dreams come true. I cry at every wedding too. Your Winter white wedding sounds like a most beautiful day. I still love my own wedding gown and hope one of my daughter's decides to use it. It is a Bianca in candlelight white and has not dated in style...but I told them they are free to alter it in any way they wish, if they choose to use it. Isn't this bride lovely whom you have shared in this post. Oh my, your poem makes me want to go to a wedding!

    You did not need to share my gift to is for you my friend in a time of mourning. Take all the time needed to wade through the grief...for there is a season for all things. Let the tears flow when they may. You are in my heart of prayer.


  9. How very, very beautiful, Vera~the poem and Kerrie's art work! I am so sorry about your loss. It is hard to lose a parent at any stage of life. Take your time to heal and mourn. xo Diana

  10. This is such a lovely post, Vera!! I enjoyed lingering with each photo, your amazing poem, and the beautiful painting from Kerrie.

    Thank you so much for your purchase. You're so sweet and kind!
    Mary Alice

  11. Good evening dear friend! Thank you for revisiting my blog. I hope you are well and enjoying better weather to garden? I have just the rest of this week of finals then next week a meeting and a day to enter grades, then I am done. But this year, we start school earlier than in the past so I need to relish every moment of summer time!

    Peace and big hugs to you dear friend. Anita

  12. Dear Vera,
    I seem to be following Anita around blog land today.. Bonjour Anita!
    Thank you so much for revisiting me again... I always enjoy your visits.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  13. Hi Vera, so nice to meet you. I so enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and reading this post. The magic of weddings are amazing and I always cry too. So sorry for your loss. I know this heartache too well. Kerrie's art gift was so nice. Loved your poem. You are so very talented. Glad to have stumbled on your blog and now a new follower too.
    Hugs from Texas!

  14. Lovely poem and images... oh, how I love weddings! :)

  15. Vera oh how I love early summer weddings...just magical! Sweet poem!

  16. What a beautiful poem. My daughter also married in December and it was truly a magical time. Like you, I tend to cry at them all…

  17. Dear Vera,
    Well, I received two out of three of your messages.. Maybe blogger is having some issues... How sweet of you to come over and wish Jasper Happy birthday! Thank you so much.

  18. My darling Vera, thank you for coming to visit my post. You know, I have the fondest and most vivid memories of Ruben driving our rented Peugot in Le Perigord Noir region of France. Winding roads, lush green hills, tiny little arrowed signs telling us where to go, and sunflowers all come back to me when I listen to Jean-Pierre Jolicard's music that was on CD in the car during our travels. Our road only leads to happiness in the end when we follow the roadsigns that say, LOVE.

    I hope you are resting and healing my dear and beautiful friend. LOVE! Anita