Thursday, June 10, 2010

FIVE FUN AND FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY

 PREPARE FOR THE VINTAGE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS...OR YOUR DAUGHTER'S... OR YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER'S...OR HOW ABOUT RENEWING YOUR WEDDING VOWS....

We have the privilege of living in a 49 room historical mansion, part of it pictured here. Well, we don't live in ALL of it! We live in the spacious quarters we lovingly call, "The West Wing" ( only a portion of it pictured here ). We act as Resident Directors and oversee the events that take place here. The main part of the house can be rented and the most popular reason for renting the house is....you guessed it....WEDDINGS!

 It is a very magical place for weddings.  The house itself is an English Tudor style mansion taking 7 years to build from 1917 to 1924. It was in its heyday during the ROARING TWENTIES! Built for Dr. Plummer,  his wife, Daisy, and their two children it was the scene for many social events of the day having open houses on Sunday for young doctors at the Mayo Clinic. It is now aptly called, The Plummer House.

 There are 11 acres of property ( previously 65 acres ) with woods surrounding the home in the middle of town. It sits on top of a big hill standing out as a landmark in the community. It has a tall "Rapunzel" tower which matches the beauty of the house, beautiful gardens with carefully manicured landscaping, two sparkling ponds with dazzling water fountains, two romantic man made stone staircases leading to the lower gardens, a small man made waterfall, a circle drive at the front door where many a horse-drawn carriage has driven up with bride and groom, a gazebo, a courtyard in back with a stone promenade, and more. The setting is PERFECT for any storybook wedding. Both our son and daughter were married here.

Part of our responsibility is helping the young couples who are planning on having their wedding at the house. We show them what is available, where they can set up, and answer their questions. Often there are so many questions that we feel we are wedding planners as we give advice on the best site on the property for their Big Day, caterer recommendations, etc.! Of course every bride also has their  OWN ideas and we've seen it ALL from a medieval wedding to a dog filling in as ring bearer. We've even helped a few guys who rented the house to propose!

This month ( June ) is ESPECIALLY busy with weddings as you can imagine! So I started thinking about what a VINTAGE WEDDING might look like. Of course that could span several years of time with different decades marking different styles so there many options from which to choose.

 For today's FFFFF ( 5F for short ), I will show you 5 favorite little things that would add that nostalgic feel to a bride for her vintage inspired wedding.  It was so much fun looking at what is available, I'm DYING to be a "wedding planner" for a  vintage wedding! Any takers? You could have your wedding AT THE PLUMMER HOUSE! ( see photo above)

Here are my PICKS:

           HEIRLOOM VINTAGE AND BEADED LACE GARTER SET BY GARTER LADY

                                            Lovely garter made with vintage lace and beads. Even though I wasn't sure if brides still wore these they are too beautiful to pass up. Go here to see this and more: garterlady@etsy.com



WHITE PEARL ROSE WRISTLET BY ZIBAGZ

This bag was created from lovely rayon cotton, vintage lace, a very old shell button, velvet rose, and beautiful glass bead toggle. This would be a lovely gift to give the future bride to keep her needed accessories in on the wedding day! Love this! Go to zibagz@etsy.com


VINTAGE WHITE BRIDAL FLOWER BY LOVELY PETALS

Lovely vintage inspired hair accessory layered with feathers, beads and vintage pendent. Very delicate and charming to add to your vintage look. Go to lovelypetals@etsy.com

MONIQUE PEARL BRACELET BY CROSKA

Beautiful 5 strand bracelet with white Swarovski Pearls and elegant vintage rhinestone brooch covered with clear crystals. Beautiful accessory! What bride wouldn't feel elegant in this? See this and others here: croska@etsy.com

VINTAGE BRIDAL JACKET BY THE PRIVATE PROPERTY

Lovely delicate sheer vintage blouse or bridal jacket featuring flutter sleeves, vintage ruffles, with diamond rhinestone buttons. Perfect over a wedding dress before the event or after. In excellent condition. Go here: theprivateproperty@etsy.com to view and purchase this dainty beauty!

AND AFTER THE WEDDING...

What could be more romantic than a VICTORIAN WEDDING RECEPTION! Pictured below are photos of a vintage inspired reception created by Kristen of Kio Kreations and Kara Schultz. They chose vintage and thrifted cake stands, photo frames, and vases to create this gorgeous nostalgic setting. For more information and How To's around this theme, go to Elizabeth Anne Designs where this is featured Find it here: elizabethannedesigns.com  Also check out Kio Kreations






Do you need any more inspiration than this? Forward this ( or send them here ) to anyone you think might like ideas about a vintage wedding! And if you come to the Plummer House I might even offer to be your wedding planner...FOR FREE! : )

Words of wisdom about LOVE from Winnie the Pooh:     If you live to be 100, I hope I live to 100 minus one day, so I wouldn't have to live without you.

7 comments:

  1. Oh Sandy, what a beautiful place to live!

    I swooned over all the vintage wedding pretties.

    The gardens must be breathtaking.

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  2. It IS beautiful! We feel blessed to live here! I'll be taking some photos this summer when the flowers are at their best for the blog.

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  3. wow! how cool and interesting and beautiful!

    xo
    elyse

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  4. Lovely site! I just found it tonight! Fun seeing me included with your lovelies!... Many Thanks

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  5. what time of year do the fountains start?

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  6. Hi, Lily

    The ponds are filled and the fountains turned on in the spring usually Memorial Day weekend.

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