Thursday, August 5, 2010

June Brides - Fact or Fiction?

June – the most popular month for weddings, right? Well, perhaps not always. The early Romans considered June, sacred to the goddess Juno, a lucky month, especially on the full or new moon. But it is interesting to see that very few of The Charleston Museum’s wedding articles were from June marriages. Of the 58 garments, accessories and wedding gifts in Aisle Style dating between 1768 and 1967, that have specific months associated with them, only two were used in June. The most popular month for our brides was December with ten weddings, followed by January (9), April (9) and November (7). The least popular was July, with no weddings represented.

One of our June brides was Louisa Rebecca McCord, who married Augustine Thomas Smyth on June 27, 1865, carrying a lovely ivory and silk fan (pictured left) that is on exhibit in Aisle Style. It is a pierced ivory brisé fan with cream watered silk petals or “feathers,” a popular style in the mid-19th century. It is sometimes referred to as a Jenny Lind fan, said to have been favored by the renowned opera star of that period. The Swedish singer toured Europe extensively and became an American favorite after her concert tour from 1850-1852, organized and promoted by P. T. Barnum. Jenny Lind performed 93 large-scale concerts, quickly becoming a well-loved idol. Louisa and Augustine were married shortly after the war ended, finding it difficult to acquire fabric and accessories for the wedding. Perhaps this beautiful fan was a treasured possession before the war and carried proudly by Louisa for the ceremony. More of this couples’ wedding attire will be featured in the Museum’s next textile exhibition, Threads of War: Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Aisle Style" Curator Tour: Orange Blossoms

Queen Victoria is often credited with popularizing the tradition of orange blossoms with English, European, and American brides. In her video debut, Aisle Style curator Jan Hiester discusses this tradition and shares wax, paper, cellulite and kidskin examples from the Museum’s collection.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Upcoming Wedding Programs

We have a slew of wedding-related programs coming up in conjunction with Aisle Style.  We hope you can join us for one or more over the coming months! (advance registration required for all programs)

Beginner Cake Decorating Workshop
January 14
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In conjunction with Aisle Style: 150 Years of Wedding Fashion, the Charleston Museum is teaming up with Sweet Smith Bakery to offer a beginning cake workshop! Learn the basics of cake decorating, including tip techniques, fondant and butter cream roses and fondant ribbons and bows. Registration fee includes a decorating kit (an offset spreader, a pastry bag and coupler, four tips, and a rose nail) to keep and supplies.
$35/member, $40/non-member

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Student Art Sketch

Continuing our collaboration with students from the Fashion History classes at The Art Institute of Charleston, we have a beautiful new sketch to share.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Proposal (photos and video)

Way back in July, Trevor Beemon contacted us to help him with a very special project. Trevor, a museum colleague from the Atlanta History Center, wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Natasha Lewis, during the Aisle Style opening reception.

Trevor had a gorgeous 1925 engagement ring. We put it into the exhibition with some other 1920s wedding items with the following label:

Engagement Ring, 1925. This ring was presented to Natasha Lewis by Trevor Beemon at the Charleston Museum on October 15th, 2009. The Beemon Collection.

After hundreds of emails back and forth with Trevor, the big night finally arrived. It seemed to take Natasha hours to look through the exhibit and get to the tablecase with her ring. With Museum guests and staff looking on, Natasha finally stumbled across the ring. The look of bewilderment on her face was great. Trevor got down on one knee and proposed. It was so sweet.

Congratulations to Natasha and Trevor! And, thank you for sharing your big moment with us! We can’t wait for you to share your wedding story!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aisle Style Opening Reception - photos!

Thank you to all who attended the opening reception for Aisle Style on October 15th!

Coleman McCoy, Francesca Disalvo-Follmer of Newton Farms Catering, and Jillian Hatch

Mildred Kitchell, Meri DuPre, Sandy Dowell, and Richard Dowell

Elisabeth Toms and Kate Thornton

Nathan and Julie Foster with their daughter Joanna. Nathan and Julie were celebrating their 4th anniversary.

Kathy Austin, museum intern, models one of the wedding dresses in the try-on section of Aisle Style

Anne Wall, Susan Wall and Rebecca McClure

Carol Poplin, Audrey Poplin, Ailsa Poplin, Krista Huff and Camille Bailey

Mara Brockbank, Lynne Riding, and Christina Bailey

Jennifer Scheetz, Jennifer McCormick, Martha Zierden, Carl Borick and Clara Varga-Gonzales (of Tiger Lily)

Jan Hiester (Aisle Style curator), Becca Hiester and Julie & Joanna Foster

Christie Whitener, Stephanie Tecklenburg, and Kay Kennerty

Christopher and Lisa Mims

Natasha Lewis and Trevor Beemon, the newly engaged couple!

Nova and Gary Duncan

Photos by Sarah Glenn Photography


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thank you Aisle Style reception sponsors!

Aisle Style kicked off with a preview event on Thursday, October 15. Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, the event was just lovely. From the food to the décor to the flowers and the wedding cake, our sponsors created a wonderful evening. We even had a real proposal happen in the middle of the reception, more about that soon!

Charleston Weddings magazine, an Aisle Style exhibit and event sponsor, introduced us to many new friends in the wedding world. We couldn't have done this without Melissa Bigner and Misty Lister.

Sarah Bradley with SOCIAL Event Design and Planning coordinated the look and feel of the event and I think she just did a beautiful job. Her creative ideas really made the evening special. PDA's lighting gave the Museum as special glow throughout the evening.

New on the catering scene was our catering sponsor, Newton Farms Catering. Delicious. Fabulous food, fabulous presentation. Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer and the rest of the staff were so pleasant to work with.

Ashley Bakery outdid themselves with the wedding cake and other goodies. Hayden Campbell and her team created the most divine cake ever.

Tiger Lily's stunning floral arrangements were everywhere! Clara Varga-Gonzales' work was amazing - she even used my personal favorite - hydrangeas.

The final thanks go to Sarah Glenn Photography and Crowson Stone Printing. Thank you for all your support!

I will post more event photos soon! (more photos posted)

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