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The Story Behind Love Locks.

September 10, 2016

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Sometimes the most beautiful traditions come from the darkest of places. Such is the case with the romance-filled custom of love locks…a custom which was born more than a century ago. The story begins in the country of Serbia, just before the start of the Second World War. A local man named Relja could not help but fall madly in love with the beautiful and enchanting Nada. They promised their love to one another, swearing that nothing could break their bond. But when the unforeseeable happened and war broke out, Relja left to join the army, leaving Nada to fight abroad. Separated by miles and time, and surrounded by temptation in a foreign country, Relja took another lover. When Nada discovered the betrayal, her heart shattered into pieces. The devastation and sorrow eventually led to her death.

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But from this tragic ending came a light-filled beginning, a tradition in which couples began to write both of their names on a padlock, affixing them to the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. The strength of the padlock symbolizes the couple’s commitment, love, and fidelity- a lock to ensure that the bond could not break like the war-torn lovers. Over time this tradition spread all over the world, traveling from Serbia across continents and oceans, all the way to the Midwest of America.

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Tradition is alive in this beautiful city of De Pere, Wisconsin, in a place called Vayageur Park. As my husband and I start to take a walk by the river, meandering along the pathways and over a bridge, we are filled with a sense of being in another land, in another time. As we walk our cares and stresses melt away, our senses filled with only the calmness of the air, the tranquility of the water, and the beauty of the people passing by. 

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We knew we had to to add our love to the many padlocks hanging on the love lock fence, and decided to do a photoshoot while doing so that we could record our participation in the timeless tradition. 

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If you happen to visit this area, stop by- And bring your own padlock! Or maybe you can make it your tradition to visit this bridge each year on your anniversary. Consider creating your own special version to”pledge your love,” and then toss the key into the river. 

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Love! It’s is a mysterious thing but endlessly beautiful. The padlock is a symbol of a light that exists within us, something we carry with us wherever we go. So be the light that endures, even in the darkest of times. Xoxo

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What an awesome story! You look stunning!

Reply to Nelie

This was such a beautiful post!! I loved hearing the history before the locks. And, you are such a babe. Love your top. xoxo, Angelle www.dashingdarlin.com

Reply to dashingdarlinblog

Hi dashingdarling. Thank you for stopping by. My next stop will be checking your blog xoxo

"The padlock is a symbol of a light that exists within us, something we carry with us wherever we go. So be the light that endures, even in the darkest of times. Xoxo" Beautiful! Thanks so much!

Reply to Megan

Hi Megan . Thank you for stopping by. Xoxo

Thanks for sharing how lovelocks got started. It's cool that you can see them all over and not just in Paris. Cute outfit.

Reply to TravelingWellForLess

Thank you for stopping by. I agree, I didn't realize they are all over the world . I'm glad to know this one is just 10minuted away from me.

Great post. Love your blog!

Reply to Crystal

I think this is one of the most romantic traditions. In Pittsburgh, there's a bridge right by my apartment that has hundreds of locks on it. I like to walk by and just look at all of the different locks. My boyfriend and I want to do the same one day. :)

Reply to rgolden75

Thank you for stopping by rgolden75. I think it's a romantic thing to do. You should check it out ???????? you have a great blog, I just checked it out. I must have replied under unknown.

What a cool idea! I have never heard a background story about love locks, but it is great to know how they came to exist.

Reply to nparise

So interesting, thanks for this! I had no idea the origins. And I love this look, so effortless and gorgeous. Xo Lee Anne www.lifebylee.com

Reply to Lee

Than you Lee Ann for stopping by. And oh! I love your blog.

What a beautiful tradition and tragic story behind it. I would lover to see these love locks pop up in other cities too. What a great way to express love. Thank you

Reply to Finding

Such a beautiful photos, and love this top such great piece and very fashionable xoxo https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

Reply to Ivana

A simple reminder to appreciate your love and relationship to your partner/spouse/best friend. Time passes by and relationships change- good or bad. ????

Reply to Grace

Those jeans look absolutely AMAZING on you! Fab look & styling :) -Amanda www.agoodhue.net

Reply to Amanda

I never knew the origins of the love locks. I actually thought it originated in Paris and then it just spread the world over. It's incredibly sad, but I do like how a sense of hope sprung from such a tragic love story. And as always, looking sharp in your outfit as usual. :D

Reply to simpleek

Simpleleek ❤️ Thank you for stopping by. I thought thesame way, but as I digged in and read more about it, I was wrong. It is very interesting. I hope you are having a good weekend . Xoxo

Amazing look girl!

Reply to xfalibe

HI xfalibe . I hope you're having a great weekend so far. Thank you for stopping by. It's great feeling to know that we stay connected despite of busy days.

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