Now that we are celebrating same-sex marriage in New York, here are a few bits of folklore surrounding a some flowers that may or may not pertain to gay marriage! Very interesting...
- Flower symbolized and used to celebrate same-sex love (though primarily exchanged between lesbians in the 1920s-1940s) Origins of the violet can be traced back to Sappho and her poem about wearing garlands of violets with her lovers.
- In the 16th century, men and women planning to marry would wear violets
- 19th and 20th century English poets used ladslove to symbolize homosexuality and exchange of same-sex love in their works
- Egyptians believed the plant was a powerful aphrodisiac
- Walt Whitman used this plant as the centerpiece to his forty-five poems dedicated to homoerotic love
- The flower was exchanged between soldiers as a sign of love and romance prior to WWI
- Flower later became known as the flower of the eternal sleep (and used often for those who have died during times of war as a soldier)
- The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz is the only other character who falls asleep in the Poppy Field with Dorothy (representing possibly both the Queer and the ‘eternal sleep’)
And remember - we are offering 10% off to the first 10 couples who use our services for their LGBT wedding! There are a few spots left!