Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wedding Memories Through the Ages

Today is for the ladies....Men, if you are reading, you may want to call your wife over to the computer....

The Cake, the Flowers, the Music...all are very important in a Wedding, but let's face it.  It's all about the DRESS! Styles have evolved over the decades in Lawrence County from the 1800's  "best dress you had" to those fairy-tale gowns of today.  The earliest notice in the Sumner Press (May 18, 1905)  mentioning a white dress was the article about the wedding of Zella Ridgley to Arthur Moore.  The ceremony was held at 5:00pm  at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and  Mrs. G. W. Ridgley, with the minister of the Christian church performing the ceremony.  An elegant wedding supper was served to the guests.  The bride was "dressed in pure white and made a very pretty appearance."  The groom looked "handsome in a neat suit of black.

On the other hand fifty+ years later, the 2 column wedding announcement of
Robert Jean Longnecker to Louis Argo described her dress as made of Chantilly lace and tulle over white satin, with a strapless tight fitting bodice, the fullness of the ballerina length skirt held in place by a hoop in the under-dress.  The short jacket of matching lace, had a Peter Pan collar with the sleeves coming to a point over the hands.  The finger tip veil of illusion was attached to a satin and lace headband, outlined with pearls and she was wearing white opera pumps.  Her bouquet was of white carnations, centered with a purple-throated white orchid, with baby's breath and streamers of white satin tied in lover's knots."

On March 21, 1014 the Historical Society will be presenting a show entitled "Wedding Memories Through the Ages" to be held at the Bridgeport Methodist church at 2:00 pm Saturday afternoon. To the accompaniment of appropriate music,  borrowed wedding gowns will be modeled as commentators describe the history surrounding the era of that particular dress. (The ushers will be dressed in our vintage military uniforms.)   Cake and punch will be served later.

So mark your calendars.....and oh, yes, I almost forgot.  If you were married in Lawrence County and would like to wear your dress, or have a family member wear it in the Memory Show, please contact Jane C at Jane's Beauty Salon in Bridgeport  618-945-7423 or email Nancy K at ( Models will be provided if your dress has "shrunk.") We are also looking for bridesmaid and  flower girl dresses, as well as cake toppers or other wedding  memorabilia to display.

If you have your grandmother's vintage dress and it is too fragile to wear, we will simply display it rather than model it.  We are also putting together a media show of our  local brides so please email Kevin B a high quality scan of those pre-1990 wedding photos. (This is guaranteed to make his day!)