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Happy Valentine’s Day – how it started and how to celebrate it in (conventional or unconventional) style

Love is all you need.

Love is all you need.

Happy Valentine’s Day! The historical foundation for this celebration of love and romance is a bit murky. For example, the Catholic church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One was a priest in third century Rome during the reign of Claudius II.  Believing that soldiers would be more effective if they were single, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine disagreed and secretly performed marriages. He was imprisoned and sentenced to death, becoming a religious martyr. In the year 496, Pope Gelasius made February 14 a celebration in his honor.

According to one legend, Valentine himself wrote the first Valentine card. Apparently, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and sent her a letter, signing it, “from your Valentine.”

There is nothing like a handwritten note to express your love, but today’s technology offers you a wide variety of convenient ways to convey your feelings. Online sites such as rattlebox.com (beware, there is music when you open their site) and paperlesspost.com (their website notes that “because of an influx of love” you might have trouble getting through to them today, so be persistent) offer ways to send cards ranging from sweet to seductive. Your local drugstore carries mass-produced valentines for everyone you might be connected to: spouse, children, uncles and aunts, cousins, work associates, grandparents, and more. Higher-end artsy cards in limited production can be found in high-end gift shops.

For those with less love in their heart for the entire Valentine’s Day experience, check out the anti-Valentine’s Day ecards at punchbowl.com.

I thought I had seen it all before a Facebook posting sent me to (WARNING: don’t click on the following link if you are offended by strong language) Calligraphuck. Their motto? Exquisite expletives. Boy, do they deliver, in the most elegant calligraphy, expressions of love I have never seen in print. Their blog is pretty cheeky, too. Based in London, they do ship to the United States – it may be too late for this year, but you may want to bookmark the site – there’s always next year.

As for me, well, I prefer a more conservative way of expressing my love for my dear husband. The photo featured in this post is a Pinterest pin that I made for our last anniversary, but it serves as a nice Valentine’s Day sentiment as well. It has proven to be pretty popular, with 150 repins, mostly from a board where you may find some inspiration for today: The Say It From The Heart group board.

And speaking of Pinterest, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I have added a new board on red weddings – you may find some inspiration there for a celebration of love any day of the year.

Here’s to love: the great adventure!

The greatest adventure!

The greatest adventure!

Wedding inspiration – Pantone may say emerald, but does purple still reign for weddings?

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

I have been on Pinterest for almost exactly a year now. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, you probably will be soon – or you may have a spouse/best friend/coworker who is a Pinterest addict – you get the idea. It is an online site where people collect images and display them grouped into boards; it is the digital version of a bulletin board.

As a photographer, scrapbooker, and general image collector,  I knew right away that Pinterest and I were made for each other. In the beginning, I had a personal page, but have since changed it to a business page for Carol Colman Creations. Thanks to some training from the very knowledgeable Melanie Duncan, I think my boards look pretty good. I highlight some Carol Colman Creations collages for weddings and other occasions, and dedicate boards to other celebration-related categories such as fabulous invitations and wonderful wedding photographs, along with things that just interest me such as fonts, pears, and peonies. Check them out the next time you’re on Pinterest. And if you don’t already follow at least one of my boards, I hope you will find something that sparks your interest enough to follow me so that you can stay up to date on my curated content.

One of my favorite things is to get emails from Pinterest telling me when one of my images is being “repinned” – in other words, other people on Pinterest liked one of my images enough to put it on one of their boards. After a while, you see some trends – it appears that the same pins show up as being repinned frequently. Among my most repinned images are a very cool wedding invitation (428 repins), a baby hippo swimming with its mother (304 repins), an on-the-street shot of Sarah Jessica Parker (252 repins), an image of a bible verse (318 repins), and a collection of blue and white china (179 repins). Most of these pins have been on my boards for months.

However, one of my newest pins is by far the most popular: 679 repins (plus 115 likes) as of 7:30PM on January 16. What is it? The beautiful image you see from Colin Cowie of purple floral detail on a wedding aisle. 679 repins in only 10 days! (It has taken 39 weeks for my number two pin to reach 428 repins.)

And the people who are repinning this pin are pinning a lot of other pins from one of my most popular boards, All Things Purple. Lots and lots of purple wedding-related images are being repinned at a fierce rate.

Now granted, I don’t have a board for emerald weddings (Pantone’s 2013 color of the year), or for tangerine tango weddings (Pantone’s 2012 color of the year), so maybe what I am seeing is an anomaly. All I know is that for a whole lot of people, purple is a part of their wedding. It may be shades of purple, it may be purple with black and white or with a whole host of other colors, but people want their purple.

So if you are looking for purple wedding inspiration, I have made it easier for you by collecting my purple wedding images onto a new board, Purple Weddings, and I continue adding to it. I expect that in time, other colors will get their due, as they attract my eye. Orange/tangerine may be next one the list (you will notice it is a big part of my new branding – I am in love with orange, but haven’t broken up with purple yet). I actually just love color, as you can see on the board What Hits You Is The Color.

Emerald? We will have to see how that plays out. I know some wedding mavens have suggested that mint is one of the trend colors for 2013. Do you think that emerald and mint can play nicely together? We’ll have to see what shows up on Pinterest , so stay tuned.

Are you thinking about having a purple wedding? What other color would you combine with purple?