From intern Beth:
This week was full of learning! The internship took me back to the motherland, so to speak. When looking for inspiration, I decided to focus on Italy and Ireland. The product of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother, I thought it would be interesting to use my heritage in this week’s assignments. While researching traditional Irish ceremonies, I learned a few key things: Blue -- not green! -- is the traditional choice for Irish weddings because blue represents purity; Uilleann pipes, not traditional Scottish bagpipes, should be played as the bridal party departures from the ceremony; Traditional Irish dancers are also hired as entertainment during dinner; the term "honeymoon, stems from Celtic tradition. In old times, the bride and groom spent the first month of marriage drinking a honey meade. This was thought to keep the fairies, which were drawn to beautiful things, from taking off with the bride.
This week, I was also inspired by the decor of an Italian restaurant to find out more about the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is located in central Italy, but can be considered Southern. They are known for their Chianti. Weddings there are very lavish affairs with up to 14 courses. It is considered most lucky in Italy to be married on a Sunday.
I also spent several hours scouring the internet for new ideas. I have started piecing together so many things that I am sure will be used in future inspiration boards. I am excited for Week 3 and what it will hold.