Valentine’s Day Greetings & Inspiration Boards

We just ♥ love ♥ Valentine’s Day here at Kimberly Dunlap Photography!  There are two extra special days a year that are reserved for couples in love: Valentine’s Day and wedding (or dating) anniversaries.  On these days, we express our love and affection for one another through gifts of flowers, chocolates, cards, stuffed animals, jewelry, little heart-shaped candies, and more.  And while Jeff and I love romantic candlelight dinners and exchanging gifts and cards (yes, the ones that really make you tear up!), what we love even more is just being together as a couple.  For us, Valentine’s Day is about remembering the excitement we shared when our love was new, reminiscing about our first Valentine’s Day together, and dreaming of what the future holds.  True love is knowing that you have found the person who completes you; the one who knows your inner-most hopes and dreams; the one you laugh with, cry with, and snuggle with; the one who inspires and encourages you; and the person with whom you can share absolutely anything.  I have found this kind of love with my husband, and I must say, it is the most wonderful feeling it the world!  ♥

Today, in addition to exchanging all the special gifts, take time to tell your spouse or significant other how much he or she really means to you.  And if you are flying solo this year, let your parents know how much you admire and appreciate them, both for the love that they share, and for all the support, encouragement, and love they have given you over the years.

Here are a couple of wedding inspiration boards I designed with Valentine’s Day colors in mind…  Enjoy!  :)

Did You Know…

- Saint Valentine’s Day, as it was originally called, was named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established in 500 AD by Pope Gelasius I.

- The first recorded association between Valentine’s Day and romantic love came from Geoffrey Chaucer during the High Middle Ages, when he wrote:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

["For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]

- While written valentines did not begin to appear until after 1400, valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages.  The oldest known valentine card is on display at the British Museum.

- In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland created the first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards that were produced in the United States.  These were made with embossed paper lace and floral decorations imported from England.

- According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent every year!  Following Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.

- Approximately 85% of all valentines are purchased by women.

- Valentine’s Day is celebrated by people throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.


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