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I used to go to Dixie State University (it was Dixie State College when I went), so I lived down in good ole St. George, Utah! I loved it there so much. I could go on forever about why I love St. George but that would take all day! So I’m just going to share this one majorly awesome thing that came from living down there. I found this awesome gate!
A Reaffirming symbol
It’s a “Lock Your Love” gate! Couples bring a padlock and symbolically lock it onto a bridge (or gate in our case) as a way to protect their love forever! There were all kinds of locks, people mostly do this one that coordinates with the idea. Ones with keys, combinations (that’s what we did), and some that don’t even have a way to unlock them. Some couples actually save their key or remember the combination to come back and actually unlock then re-lock it as a way of reaffirming their love for each other! I think that is also beautiful symbolism emphasizing the need to recommit ourselves to our marriage periodically.
Little sentiments like this always tug at my heart-strings so I put it on my life bucket list to go there one day with my husband and lock our love together! Well, back in May I made it happen! I secretly ordered a cute red heart-shaped lock and then engraved our name and wedding date on it :) We then locked our love on the gate!
Over New Year’s we found ourselves on vacation in St. George again with family and I decided we needed to go back and see our heart lock. So we did! Trevor was surprised I wanted to go back and see it just months after putting it there because he figured it hadn’t moved, haha. I totally agreed but there was a symbolism behind it for me that when we go back to see our lock on that gate, we are reminded of our love for each other. I know that seems cheesy! I mean, we say “I love you” every day to each other and we truly feel it. It’s not that I need to be reminded of our love, but it’s that I want to be reminded. I mean, why not, right? :)
If you think this idea is neat and want to “lock your love” with your spouse somewhere, you can find many sites around the world that participate in this tradition here. The sad thing is the weight of the locks can become a safety issue for some bridges, so they can get removed by the city. That changes the whole idea, doesn’t it?! haha. That is why I am glad I found this gate. And I love that we live close enough to ensure we will come back and see it from time to time. There is some more symbolism I have pulled from this idea of “locking your love,” that I will share in part 2 to come!
Here are some more locks I found that are even more stylish for locking your love! The double-heart gold lock is blank on the backside so you can personally engrave it. For those who like the idea of coming back to their lock and want to re-lock their love, get the antique padlock with keys!