“Timeless Love” sought to bring the elegance and simplicity of the 1900-1930s weddings to our modern brides. This era exudes beauty, elegance, and intimacy. Weddings at the turn of the century were intimate gatherings with the couple’s family and closest friends and neighbors. They often met at their local church in early afternoon to declare their love and express their desire to spend their forever together. The bride’s family would invite everyone to their home following the ceremony to celebrate the nuptials by enjoying high tea and dinner among loved ones. The perfect backdrop for the Timeless Love wedding was found at The Rand-Bryan House just outside of Raleigh, NC. This beautiful home-turned-venue was built in the 1700s and modernized perfectly with today’s amenities, while keeping the original beauty of the house and gardens
A little about weddings in the 1920s & 1930s written by Rose Trail Images:
Traditionally the bride's family welcomed guests to the post nuptial celebrations with an informal gathering in their home before dinner. Often this took the form of a high tea. Just outside by front door of the Rand-Bryan House, we created a comfortable lounge for guests to be welcomed, to mingle, and to enjoy English tea and light hors d'oeuvres, provided by Ford's Fluent N Food. This was also the perfect time for guests to find their dinner seats on the custom-made Seating Chart. I just love how this DIY project turned out. By combining modern frames and antique gold paint with custom stationery designed by Peony Printshop, we were able to create an elegant, vintage look that reflected the era and ended up being one of my two favorite projects.
Following high tea, guests were gestured through the parlor and into the foyer for dinner. As they passed through the parlor, they were greeted by an exquisite hand-lettered quote from Pride and Prejudice (“You bewitched me, body and soul.”) nestled in the hand-drawn silhouette of Elizabeth Bennet, a piece created through a collaboration with AB Chalk + Design. (This was my other favorite project.) A vintage Underwood typewriter was set up as a unique guest book. Guests were encouraged to type kind words, a love poem, or advice using this functional typewriter to later be constructed into a leather bound commemorative book for the bride and groom.
Guests were welcomed into the dining room with a glass of wine from the vintage shutter bar and escorted to their seat. The tables were elegantly draped in shantung silk linens by BBJ Linens. The tablescape combined lush greenery and rose buds with blush tapered candles and gold accents throughout, provided by Teacup Floral, to create a classic, romantic mood. The romance was further enhanced at each table setting, which included a gorgeous pink charger and linen napkin by BBJ Linens, crystal wine glasses filled the with delicious wines of Laurel Grey Vineyards, vintage China place settings, and a beautiful, porcelain trinket box filled with almond chocolates as a token of gratitude.