The Art of Traditions

an old car becomes part of many weddings

 

photo-may-19-9-23-01-am.jpgMeet our family’s wedding car. A tradition started 25 years ago exactly today.    This is a 1929 Model A Ford,  which cost about $500 new.  This particular car has a “manufactured on” date of April 16th, 1929, which sounds like an ordinary day, till you read further…..

But lets start at the beginning….my father purchased the car in 1960, when he was a young man of 18 years old.  His father was a small engine repair man and my father had followed his footsteps, but his love was for cars.  He purchased the car with the intent of restoring it.  In our family we get attached to our vehicles, and have a hard time parting with them.   But back to the wedding car……

My parents were married in the spring of 1966.  My great Grandmother Antonia, baked and decorated the wedding cake, and then realized there was no way to get it to my parents wedding reception.  My Dad thought of his Model A, which had a seat that lifted up leaving a nice area to fit the cake.  Little did it know, but it was becoming the wedding car that day.  I wish I had pics of the car and my parents but sadly I do not.

My Dad restored the car in the 1970’s and I can still remember nights spent in the garage wet sanding the fenders with my Dad.  I still love the smell of body filler!  While restoring it my Dad saw the date that the car was created, stamped on the gas tank.  April 16, 1929.  If you remember that was my parents wedding day, but in 1966.  Isn’t that something?

Then I met my future husband in 1985, got engaged in 1992, and started my wedding plans.  I decided to use it to arrive at my wedding on May 29th of 1993.  And this was the first of many trips to church for this pretty car.

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Then my brothers used it in their weddings…. Yes I am an only child, but I don’t think of myself as one…. its a long story, but I will paraphrase for you. When I was 5 years old, we had a family move in next door with 3 boys.  That family became my second family, the boys my brothers, and the parents, my second set.  It has not changed over the years, and never will.

Below is my brother Ricky’s wedding to his wife Sharon, in September of 1993.  Their daughter Katie, is the first of the second generation to use it, and to continue the tradition.

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Below is my brother Rob, with his wife Kersti, in a beautiful photo taken by Guy Grube, at the Public House in Sturbridge, Mass.  Below that are more pics of my brothers, two Dads, and the car on their wedding day.

 

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Slowik Wedding 1995

My cousin Christine with her husband Troy at their wedding,  in 1994.  Ironically the newer limo broke down at their wedding, but the old Ford was dependable as ever.

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Thetreault wedding, June 1994

And onto the latest wedding…. Katie is the first one of the next generation to use the Model A.  Below is my niece Katie at her wedding  earlier this May. The father of the bride is holding the umbrella, and Mom is with her in the back.   (Photos below taken by Stephanie Gallow)

It is a wonderful thing to have a tradition like this…. and even more wonderful to see the next generation use it.  While at Katie’s wedding another couple came up and asked to have their photo taken with the car.  They had also used the car at their wedding over 25 years ago!

 

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The Gray’s with the Wedding car

Recently one of my brothers mentioned that all the couples that had used the car are still happily married.  In fact, I am celebrating 25 years today, and my brothers are doing the same later this year, and next year!  So I am hoping and wishing that my niece has the same luck!

Congrats Adam & Katie! Love you more!

 

 

 

 

The art of meeting again

I grew up the daughter of a mechanic, and both of my parents enjoyed cars.  So its not a surprise that I love them as well.  Growing up it was normal to see a car in my Dad’s garage in various states of repair.  One of these cars was a 1929 Model A that he had since he was 18, and restored while I was growing up.

This car was a big part of my childhood, and it was only natural to use it to travel to the church for my wedding.  Then other family members used it, and it became a tradition.

 

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my daughter many moons ago…..

 

A few years ago my Dad sold it to a family member.  He had not been using it much, and we thought our cousin would enjoy it, which he did.  Sadly our cousin Ray passed away a few months ago, and my Dad decided to purchase it back.  While it was gone, I continued to paint it, and you probably saw it in many paintings.  I missed it, and the sight of it always made me think of happy memories.  So imagine my happiness seeing it return to my Dad’s garage, and see my Dad and son tinkering on it.

 

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getting spruced up for a May Wedding

 

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A simpler engine from simpler times

 

 

I am excited to also say that another family member is using it in a wedding, so it has come home just  in time!  The tradition continues and in May this reliable Ford will be reassuming its duties once again!  Taking the bride to the church, and making more memories for the next generation of our family.

 

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One of the many paintings I have done of our family Model A.

 

Day 5- Yesterday

Day 5 of the painting challenge…

Day 5 of the 30 in 30.   This was inspired last spring when I passed this home on my way to bring my daughter to high school.  The shrubs in bloom were stunning, and I knew I could not resist painting it.  I took a few pics and then decided to add my Dad’s car as it felt like it would fit right in.

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Seeing how I like to paint flags, I decided to add some on the car.  Who knows, maybe they just returned from the VJ Day parade?   Either way, this painting with the colorful flowers, Model A, and flags is one of my favorites.  I named it “Yesterday” as that’s what it feels like to me.  A classic home with an antique car.  Both examples of older, simpler times.

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This painting is 10″ wide by 20″ long with a black ribbon for hanging.  If you are interested, please visit my etsy shoppe.

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The painting challenge is here!

I will be creating 30 paintings in 30 days….

I have been crazy busy trying to get a few paintings done so I can post daily paintings for the month of September.  It is suggested you have a theme, and I have picked “landscapes” with a few surprises.

Here is a sneak peek of a local house with my Dad’s model A.  As usual there will be a lot of flags….

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September is always a busy month, as my daughter starts school and soccer.  And this September my hubby is also having a surgery.  So its going to be quite a challenge to post and paint daily.  Hopefully I got enough done ahead of time to help me!

So I hope you will follow me on my painting journey, and encourage me along the way.

Starting September 1st, I will be posting on social media, and some on word press.  I am looking forward to hearing from you!