The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint still remains a mystery. Who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this popular day celebrated by millions across the world? One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome marrying young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, he was put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. According to another legend, an imprisoned Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s daughter who visited him during his imprisonment. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” which is still used today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is unclear, the stories all symbolise a sympathetic, heroic and romantic figure.
While traditions and stories have changed throughout the years, the primary colours have remained the same.
Red and White speak of unity.
[Makena wears a red sweetheart neckline strapless jumpsuit paired with white strappy sandals] The colour red is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength and vibrance. Red roses are traditionally reserved for intimate, romantic relationships and symbolize energy, passion and deep love.
[Ian wears a white detailed tuxedo suit, with a matching dinner shirt and red bow tie] White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection. White means safety, purity, and can represent a successful beginning. White roses symbolize spiritual love, purity, humility and faithfulness, a valuable component in any love relationship.
So this Valentine’s remember to:
O…pen your heart.
V…oice your feelings of compassion for loved ones and….
E…njoy making him/her smile
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