When loved ones are no longer with us to share the new chapters in our lives, it can bring comfort to some, to have a mark of remembrance in honour of their memory.

I’ve been there myself, losing my father at the tender age of 14 years old, whilst my wedding day was a happy occasion, I still felt the most important person was missing who should have been on my arm walking me proudly down the ailse, for me personally I agonised with should I walk down the ailse alone? did I want someone taking my father’s moment? to finally asking my now husband, John if he would like to walk down the ailse with me, after all we are in this together so why not both walk down the aisle, its our wedding ! Which is exactly what happened we were married in Cyprus and it wasn’t until after the ceremony that we discovered that in Cyprus the Bride and Groom walk down the ailse together, so for us we followed a Cyprus tradition without knowing it !

Because I’d agonised over the ailse bit, I felt that having another reminder of my dad’s absence would make me feel sad and neither did I want to make anyone else feel sad either, my husband had also lost his cousin and grandma 4 months before our wedding, so it would have been too raw for his family to be faced with photo’s of missing family members, so all we did was a toast to absent friends after the speeches.

However there are now so many different ways of remembrance and it really is individual how you wish to include your loved ones within your wedding day, the images below may inspire you or you may feel that its not for you, but its worth exploring because once your day is over, its too late to have wished you’d have done something in loving memory of your family in heaven.Balloon Release