Finger crossing is always a pre-wedding ritual in Maine. The weather here can turn on a dime making the picture-perfect day turn into a Weather Channel special. Thankfully, the sun shone brightly last Saturday on the shores of Sebago Lake warming the guests at Abbie King and Javi Garcia-Tunon’s wedding reception. Surrounding the celebration were sparkling lake waters, blue skies, green grass fields and Mt. Washington’s lofty peak looming in the distance.
Mid-way through the reception, after the lobster dinner before the dancing, Abbie gathered with her mother, sister and grandmothers and her new mother and grandmother-in-law to present each with an heirloom Ancora Bags wedding tote. One side of the bag features the bride’s pocket made from Abbie’s great grandmother’s vintage linen table runner. On the other side is the groom’s pocket, made from the sash Javi’s mother, Isa, wore the day she left Cuba in 1962. Inside the bag is a pocket made from silkscreened fabric from the “Crab Hole” (Abbie’s grandparent’s winter home) in Bequia, West Indies. Finally, each bag contains a custom tag celebrating the marriage of Abbie and Javi.
The reaction upon receiving the wedding bags was much like most of the day: many smiles, a few tears, lots of hugs and a feeling that this was a very special moment. Each bag was an elegant and heart-felt gift honoring the union of two families.