When Sarah met with Plank & Pearl to talk about the wedding shower she would be co-hosting for her sister, Amy, she gave three words to describe what she had in mind: retro, summer, and yellow. The party would be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of her aunt’s home on the last Friday evening of June, attended by members of their large and close-knit family. As Sarah chose milk glass vases, amber goblets, and a yellow typewriter she radiated absolute excitement about using vintage tableware and décor for the event. “It’s so Amy!” she explained. “And wait until you see my Aunt Clare’s backyard.”
1960s retro Royal typewriter with a custom message.
We arrived early to unload our inventory and help with set-up. The lovely 1890’s farmhouse with its old trees and wrap-around porch was graceful and inviting, and as we followed a curved path to the side yard and garden we began to see the wonder of the setting. Lightly rusted metal lawn chairs with hints of green paint made a cozy seating area. Small tables with sweet vintage tablecloths dotted the green lawn. An old glass shower door laid across wooden sawhorses magically became an abundant buffet table against a backdrop of garden blooms.
Nearly every nook and corner of the yard held intriguing arrangements of objects lovingly curated over many years by Sarah’s aunt: an old bicycle, an upturned wine bottle, a ceramic figurine, a rusted metal headboard with the perfect patina. “Our work here is practically done!” I said to my assistant Natalie. Some venues are a blank canvas needing hours of work to transform, but not this one. Our only job was to add small touches to an already beautiful and magical place.
Working with Sarah and her family was an absolute pleasure and joy. As we finished up, the bride-to-be arrived and we had the honor of seeing her face light up with surprise. Awash in the soft glow of a summer evening, Amy’s bridal shower gave off an old-fashioned sheen in the very best sense; women gathering together, bringing food, flowers, and gifts: with the simple goal of surrounding the bride in a circle of love.
The bride’s Aunt Clare, homeowner and co-host of the shower.