Styling My Daughter’s Wedding with Vintage

When my daughter became engaged last October, most of my friends assumed I’d be lending a hand in the design of the wedding. As the owner of a vintage wedding rental business, it wasn’t a big leap of imagination—but a few took me aside quietly and said things like, “Do you think it will be stressful to work with your daughter?” “Have you ordered a barrel of wine to get you through the next nine months?” Or simply, “Oy vey!” and “best of luck!”

July Wedding at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Bride and Groom were a pleasure to work with

But I have to tell you that my daughter and her fiancé are two of the silliest, most joyful people on the planet—and they’re very good at making decisions. I recommended some of my favorite wedding vendors, and fairly quickly they had secured a date, the venue (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), a photographer, a DJ, and a day-of-coordinator. After trying on two wedding gowns, my daughter fell in love with the second one and took it home on a snowy December day. I have worked with “bridezillas” over the years, believe me, but that stereotypical character just never showed up as my daughter checked things off her wedding list.

Alligator style terrarium for Denver Museum of Nature and Science wedding of vintage stylist Plank & Pearl’s daughter.

Elephant and Unicorn Figurine Centerpieces by Plank and Pearl

Vintage Curiosity Terrarium Centerpieces

My design contribution was overall help with planning and details, as well as creating centerpieces, signage, a furniture lounge, welcome table, and escort cards. Since the wedding was held at the museum, it was an easy decision to use vintage design elements that echoed the “nature and science” aspect of the setting. We incorporated rocks, fossils, shells, and bones in the thirteen terrariums used as centerpieces. And since the wedding dinner took place inside a darkened diorama room featuring animals in faux native environments, we added faux succulents and plastic animals just to keep things fun.

Wedding Card Box by Plank and Pearl Denver

Bridesmaids Gift-Vintage Handkerchief from Plank and Pearl Denver

Other Special Vintage Details

We chose colorful globes, vintage postcards, and a vintage sewing drawer to decorate the welcome table, and the bridesmaids carried vintage handkerchiefs to dab away some emotional tears. Tucked in a corner by the bar was a seating lounge, with a vintage velvet sofa and chairs. Needless to say, it was a beautiful, fun, and incredibly meaningful wedding—but that’s another blog altogether! I loved being a part of the creative collaboration with my daughter and her wonderful husband and will treasure the memories we made.

Embracing a Small Thanksgiving

 

If you’re like me, you have a certain image of Thanksgiving dinner stuck in your mind, playing on a loop each and every day of November. It’s basically this: a large, happy group of family and friends crowded around a really long table, groaning under enormous plates of traditional food.

I’ve hosted this kind of Thanksgiving more times than I can count–needing to rent tables, borrow chairs from the neighbors, and fervently pray there’s enough cheese ball appetizer to go around. Besides the massive prep work and cleanup, big gatherings can be fun and exciting–and boisterous and silly. You get caught up in the sheer abundance of energy and celebration, and count yourself lucky to be in such good company.

But how do you feel about a small Thanksgiving gathering? Does it make you feel sad if you have to host or attend one? Do you feel pity for the friend who mentions that her Thanksgiving will be tiny when yours will likely be forty if the second cousins stay home?

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