Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Bridal Shower


The beautiful, young Dutch girl fell in love.—deeply in love. The object of her affection was the village miller…he was handsome, he was generous, and he was poor.  He most likely had no money to speak of as he had the habit of giving anything he had to anyone he found in need…and the young girl loved this about him.

But she was the daughter of a very wealthy man…a man who looked down on the miller and those like him.  Someone like that would never be good enough for his daughter.


When the miller asked her  father for his daughter’s hand in marriage, the wealthy man flew into a rage—he forbade the young man  from ever even looking at his daughter again.  He had other plans in mind for her…a wealthy landowner who was very willing to marry the young girl.

She wept, she plead, but nothing could change her father’s mind.  If she were to go against his will, she would be forever disowned by him.  “If you go to nothing, he said, “you go with nothing.”


The townspeople, who all loved the miller for his kind heart and generosity, took pity on the pair.  Although none of the villagers were very wealthy themselves, they all had something to give the young couple who were determined to be together.

A procession of caring souls formed from the village to the mill—each one bringing gifts and good wishes to the pair.  The miller could scarcely believe his eyes, but the girl looked lovingly into those eyes and said, “He who gives everything will never be without.”

Dutch kiss_edited-1

When the procession was over, the couple was amazed at the pile of gifts so generously given…thanks were offered to all, and a joyous celebration began. 

The girls’ father, hearing all the noise coming from the village, went to see what all the fuss was about.  When he saw what the villagers had done, his icy heart melted…he felt so ashamed for all he had said and done.

Embracing his daughter, he gave permission to marry this man so obviously highly esteemed by all.  And to thank the village, a marriage feast, to which all were invited.


And the bride and groom lived happily ever after.

I love this sweet story—I’d never heard it before this week.  It is, supposedly, the over-400-year-old origin of our modern-day bridal showers…a time for friends and family to gather to bring gifts to the bride-t0-be, wish her well, and get her started off in her new life in style!

DSC07958_edited-1 {a little card made today for the bride-to-be…a lovely vintage image found on Pinterest…my favorite haunt!}

I was invited to one this weekend…a girl I’ve known since she was just 12 years old…now a lovely young woman who’s chosen a lovely young man.  Neither are wealthy, but both are kind and caring…

…and I really do think they will live happily ever after.


See you soon with something new…


{This is my adaptation of the lovely bridal shower legend, which can be found in various  forms and various places…here are a few…Version One, Version Two, Version Three}

Sweet vintage Dutch Valentines found online


  1. The images are beautiful. That carved button is fantastic. Thank you for another great little story. Smiles...Renee

  2. What a beautiful tale Julie... and best wishes to your friend... I know she and her beau will live happily~ever~after too... xoxo Julie Marie

  3. My daughter is planning to get married next year...I'll keep this lovely story in my mind for when its her bridal shower.
    Thank you for sharing :D

  4. That's such a sweet tale, I'd never heard it before. xx

  5. I never heard this little history before but it is charming. When I first started to read this post I thought you were headed into a memory from your family-your own family history is always so interesting. The Dutch images are sweet, too.

  6. What a sweet story! Love your card. Beautiful!

  7. What a beatuful story. What a lovely card. Wishing you a lovely week.

  8. What a great little love story. I HAD NO IDEA this was how bridal showers came to be.
    And the valentine card/photos you used to tell this story were glorious.
    I love the OLD cards.

  9. I don't think I've ever heard that story before but I love it. Love the card too. Mimi

  10. bonjour Julie, très beau conte hollandais, une belle histoire pour la Saint Valentin
    J'adore la carte pour la future mariée avec le beau ruban et le joli bouton
    bonne journée

  11. Hey Julie! I thought you were telling us another one of your great family stories. Ha! I do love this one, too! Very sweet! If only everyone's icy heart could be melted with love and kindness. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

  12. i love vintage style!!they are all so beautiful!!!

  13. Oh, wow, I love your page layout!


  14. Oh Julie, I love that story! How very sweet. And I love your beautiful card! It has such a wonderful romantic, and vintage feel.