Here at OneandSeventy, we are all loved up.
After almost 23 years together, Beloved and I rarely exchange gifts and cards, but we do like to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We don’t need much of an excuse to whip up a (preferably calorific) dinner, crack open a bottle of wine and sit at the table putting the world to rights!
This year, we have even more reason to celebrate. Our only son and his gorgeous girlie have chosen the most romantic day of the year to walk down the aisle. My little boy is all grown up and I’ll soon be the mother of a married man.
Feel old? Moi?
In honour of their impending nuptials, it seemed only fitting that Number 1 and his Bride take centre stage on this year’s Valentine’s Mantel.
Sticking with a wedding theme, I chose to style our mantel with plenty of hearts, as well as ‘something old’ and ‘something new’…although I did stop short at ‘something blue’, swapping it out in favour of Valentine’s red.
Even Stanley’s getting in on the act with some traditional Hawaiian leis made of white shells (for her) and macadamia nuts (for him), while the bronze heart sculpture was a 20th Wedding Anniversary gift from The Besties.
Funnily enough, they also bought us those stunning silver candlesticks, which seem to find their way all over the house.
Sitting alongside the Happy Couple is one of our own wedding photographs (no sniggering at the back; it WAS 1993!) and sitting in front is the actual bottle of champagne (empty, of course!) which we were given to toast our beautiful Hawaiian wedding day.
I had this oriental cutout specially made for Beloved 20 years ago by an artisan at London’s famous Covent Garden market. The words “My Love” are important to us, as they represent the English translation of “Ku-u Aloha”, a Hawaiian word from our wedding.
You’ll have to excuse the state of the frame. After all this time, I daren’t remove the picture in case it’s welded to the glass!
Finally, more gifts in the form of a ceramic “Live, Laugh, Love” heart from our other closest friends and some books from my Beloved.
There endeth the tour of my Valentine’s Mantel for 2015. I hope you liked it.
I’d love to know what, if anything, you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day up to (keep it clean, please, people!!) As always, I’d love to hear from you, so please drop your comments below.
In the meantime, from me to you…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
A hui hou,