Love locks. Doesn't it? Keeps you together and holds you tight. So what better way to declare your undying love than your names inscribed on a padlock, keeping the key close to your heart?
The idea's been around for a while now - possibly since WWI. Legend has it that Nada, a sweet local schoolmistress, and the love of her life, Serbian officer Relja would meet on the Most Ljubavi bridge in Vrnjacka Banja. Sadly, their ill-fated engagement was shattered when Relja went off with a woman from Corfu. Poor Nada never recovered from her broken heart, but local girls took to writing their names, together with their loved one, on padlocks and fastening them to the railings of the bridge to keep their love alive. The keys were thrown into the river below, lest anyone find them and unlock their love.
Less romantic is the damage being caused to the bridges and landmarks of Paris and other cities, where the locks have been removed in the interests of safety and conservation. So, let's get more imaginative!
Many beautiful visitor attractions are now embracing the idea, like Gretna Green and the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, as well as more far flung locations, such as the inspirational 'Love Trees' at North Seoul Tower (top image) and the Vodootvodny canal, Moscow.
Will you admit to having left your padlock on the Pont du Seine Bridge or have you found somewhere less intrusive to make your love mark on the world?
The Captain and I found this buxom pirate lass at a cocktail bar in Caletta, Fuerteventura. Happy Anniversary Cap'n and the G&Ts were to die for! We deserved it after 36 years.
Sea glass and pick it up, that's my motto, but this brown bottle has a good few decades to go before it qualifies as treasure. Years from now, some lucky people will find glowing amber nuggets and it's anyone's guess where they'll turn up.
We've had a great week combing the beaches and, even when the light is fading, there are always surprises to be found under the moon. Isn't this sea foam colour just gorgeous? It's perfectly frosted with lovely rounded edges. I almost missed the white piece sitting right beside it.
Toorie is the perfect partner for treasure hunting. He just loves to dig. Loves it so much he never wants to stop. I almost missed this cute white pebble shape, before it got flung behind him with the stones. It got a good inspection to make sure it was up to scratch.
Perfection. Bliss. Utter joy at such wonderful finds.
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It's a Nice Day for a Truly Madly Wedding!
Hi Brides to Be (& Grooms to be, of course)
It's another lovely day here in TrulyMadlyLand, lots of sparkly sunshine on the water and a great day to introduce the new website. Those of you familiar with the old site will see lots of changes and I hope the new B2Bs have a happy visit and keep in touch.
It's the same friendly, experienced and personal service, aiming to work with you guys to showcase your style on your big day. And the best news is, there's 10% off every Scottish Wedding order for 2017! Order before Christmas to receive this fab discount. *Excludes samples, gifts, Early Bride scheme, postage & packing.
TMW specialise in Truly Madly Scottish weddings, with unique designs for Scottish brides or grooms marrying English, Irish or American partners. You'll find lots of ideas and inspiration. Let your imagination run wild and let Truly Madly help you realise your dream wedding. Have a look at Love Stories - info and reviews from Madly happy couples - and browse the design galleries with a view to making the designs your own by customising with your Truly unique style. Please share your wedding ideas with me. Send me Mood Boards & Pinterest Pages, Fabric Swatches & Flights of Fancy. TMW is just a springboard for your dreams.
Need some advice? Just ask. The last 9 years have taught me there are no rules, but sometimes you're happier knowing the options.
Along with the new site there are fresh new ideas. I'm working on a special Sea Glass Wedding project. It's very early days, but if you think this is for you, just ask. You could be the first to showcase a Truly Madly Sea Glass Wedding!
As always, TMW's unique Memory Books are available. Personalised to the nth degree for you or your Special Someone. If you'd like a lasting gift that will be treasured forever, just ask. I will customise the book cover with your ideas and embellish with all manner of wondrous frippery so that you can fill the inside with your memories, photos & special moments.
Enjoy your visit. I can't wait to hear from you.
Be Happy Ever After,
P.S. I'm here to help. Check out every page for tips & info and if you don't find it, Just Ask.