24 Couples Who Honored Their History And Jumped The Broom

“1, 2, 3…jump!”

1. If you've ever attended a black wedding, you may have seen the couple "jump the broom."

Peterson Design & Photography / Via peterson-photography.blogspot.com

2. Though historians disagree on the exact roots of this tradition, many believe it was part of African culture before becoming part of African-American slave culture.

Cherise Richards Photography / Via cheriserichardsphotography.com

3. According to the African-American Registry, the broom as a wedding symbol originated in Ghana.

4. It "symbolized sweeping away past wrongs or removing evil spirits."

LeahAndMark / Via leahandmark.com

5. At weddings, the broom was often waved over the heads of the couple, and they sometimes jumped over it at the end of the ceremony.

6. The ritual continued in the American South during slavery.

7. Enslaved people were often not permitted to marry.

Bri McDaniel Photography / Via brimcdanielphotography.com

8. According to the book Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South, when they did marry, they had informal weddings.

Saab Weddings / Via saabweddings.com

9. Jumping over a broom was a way to symbolically represent their union.

Diana P. Lang Photography / Via dianaplangphotography.com

10. Brenda E. Stevenson writes that it was one way enslaved people created new rituals.

11. Even if their marriage wasn't recognized by whites, it was a way for black people to legitimize their meaningful relationships.

Helene Cornell, broom made by b3events.com / Via photographybyhelene.com

12. For modern couples, jumping the broom represents great joy and at the same time is a reminder of a painful past.

Kim Lind Photography kimlindphotography.com / Via stylemepretty.com

13. Couples may choose a simple broom...

Miki Vargas / Via mikivargasphotography.com

14. Or a beautifully decorated one.

James Rubio Photography jamesrubiophotography.com / Via munaluchibridal.com

15. They might make it themselves...

24 Couples Who Honored Their History And Jumped The Broom

View this image ›

Miki Vargas / Via mikivargasphotography.com

16. Or just buy one on Etsy.

we are for each other weareforeachother.com / Via thebridescafe.com

17. And many couples hang the broom in their home after the wedding.

Chad Pennington, Sobitart Photography / Via sobitartphotography.com

18. Jumping the broom marks the beginning of making a home together.

Next Exit Photography nextexitphotography.com / Via ruffledblog.com

19. It symbolizes the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new.

20. And makes way for all of the good things to come in their life together.

2nd2Nunn Photography / Via 2nd2nunnphotography.com

21. It's also a request for their community's support of their marriage.

22. At the end of the ceremony, the officiant can invite all the wedding guests to count down...

K van D Photography / Via kvandphotography.com

23. "One, two, three..."

Katherine O’Brien Photography katherineobrien.com / Via apracticalwedding.com

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/couples-who-jumped-the-broom

Find Amazon’s best deals & get advantage of the affiliation program in order to get more commisions!

Find over 75% discounts

Discover hidden offers, sales & discounts when searching for products on Amazon.

Keyword/s (optional)

(eg Iphone 5s Gold or Ipad Mini 16GB)

Select your discount %

You can find deals with over 90% off!

Price

You can filter by minimum / maximum price

Brand (optional)

(eg Timex, Seiko, Rolex)

Manufacturer (optional)

(eg Samsung)

Condition:

You can filter the offers returned.

Filter categories:

You can filter products by tree level categories.

Search Discount
author
No Response

Comments are closed.