Turtledoves

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A pair of doves is simply iconic: to the Chinese, they embody faithfulness and longevity, and the ancient Romans believed they represented Venus, the goddess of love. So it's only fitting newlyweds who value tradition would place a cooing couple atop their wedding cake, especially one that's also covered in symbols of love: lily of the valley stands for a return to happiness and sweetness, while maidenhair fern represents the secret bond of love!

Do you go as crazy for symbolism as I do?

Photo from Martha Stewart Weddings.

26 comments:

  1. So cute! I love how simple and elegant it is.

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  2. Very elegant and classic. Beautiful cake!
    alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  3. i'm ultra sentimental for home alone 2 :) so turtle doves would be a big hit for us.

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  4. I never knew the symbolism behind doves, how wonderful!

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  5. a dreamy, hopelessly romantic cake. LOVE. :)

    xo,
    sylvie
    http://www.silverylining.com

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  6. oh my! that is so perfect and classy.

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  7. funny that we both wrote about symbolism today. I'm telling ya, we're meant to know each other!

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  8. Usually no but I'm fascinated when I do hear them.

    Lol @lizzie - they remind me of Home Alone 2 also

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  9. I adore this cake, and the toppers are perfect!

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  10. A Home Alone 2 reference-I love it!

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  11. I love symbolism, especially when it comes to weddings (and baby names, too, actually).
    Those turtledoves toppers are so sweet :)

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  12. thats a lovely cake topper, very elegant.

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  13. How fun to include all the symbolism. I hope they had a little something to explain it all. So beautiful!

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  14. Oh yes I do...Symbols (as well as words9 are soooo strong, darling...so meaningful, you know...
    Hugs.
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  15. I love all this symbolism! Such a gorgeous cake.

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  16. That cake is gorgeous and yes I am a major symbolism junkie! I love how thoughtful a cake can be!

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  17. Symbols like these doves are very awe-inspiring. That cake is like a work of art but edible.

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  18. Aw, my grandmother (whose name was Lena, actually) used to wear lily of the valley scented perfume. I loved reading about what it symbolizes in your post!

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  19. aww thats what my parents had on their wedding cake :)

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  20. You are such a fountain of this knowledge - I didn't know that at all, but I love the symbolism!

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  21. That is one stunning looking cake!1

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