The morning of my wedding day was filled with moments I hope to never forget - watching Father of The Bride as my hair was curled and lipstick brushed on, taking a moment during the ceremony to stand hand-in-hand with my husband to look at all the smiling faces staring back at us, and dancing to Van Morrison with loved ones, surrounded by twinkling lights & the desert warmth.
You want to remember the experiences of your wedding day for years to come. So imagine that looking through the photographs of your day is like watching the movie of your wedding, as they show you exactly what to remember. Similarly, scent association is like reading the book - your inherent memories will come flooding back as you inhale the perfume time & time again.
Scent is so closely linked to the part of our brain that processes emotion and memory. This natural connection gives us the opportunity to consciously associate a fragrance to an event or experience in our life for later recollection.
Here are three ways to use scent to remember your wedding day...
- Wear a new scent: It’s important to wear a perfume that is completely new on your wedding day, essentially becoming your wedding day perfume. That way, your brain hasn’t been introduced to it yet and is therefore not making any connections or memories from the past.
- Where to apply: Applying perfume to parts of the body that naturally warm up will encourage the scent to drift into the air. Think the décolletage, your wrists, inside your elbows, behind your knees, and even around your ankles. Lastly, don’t forget to spritz your hair as the strands will hold the scent, making the fragrance last longer.
- Take everything in: When using scent as a memory trigger, it always comes back to fully embracing the moment you’re in. Take in the smiling faces, the bistro lighting hanging in the trees, and Ray Lamontagne’s You Are The Best Thing playing through the speakers. Slow yourself down so you can fully take it all in.
Coulombe Perfume’s, The Wedding Perfume, was created to hold these memories of love & joy as you go through life hand in hand. With a spritz of your perfume, you close your eyes and you’re immediately taken back, remembering the feelings of that joyous day; the excitement before you walked down the aisle, the happiness that washed over you as you kissed your love and the contentment you felt as you laid your head on his shoulder and slowly moved about the dance floor.
With notes of rose, jasmine, mimosa blossom, lemon petitgrain, bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood - I was inspired by lush and charming rose gardens and the allure of the French woman. Elegant, romantic and wildly in love with the life she is living.
I hope this bottle sits on your vanity holding the memories of your wedding day, the moments of joy & love. As you spritz it on, you can hear Van Morrison singing your song, see the smile on your love's face and feel the warmth - the warmth of a celebrated love.
Originally written for Rocky Mountain Bride Blog