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.

Museum of Mystery Open House

Museum of Mystery Fall Open House

Last week, Plank & Pearl had the honor of hosting a group of Denver wedding and event planners for an Open House to celebrate the end of a busy Colorado wedding season. We wanted to treat these hardworking professionals to an evening of appetizers, drinks, some mingling, and the opportunity to see our newest vintage rental collections.


We held the event in our intimate main-floor venue, which we rent for showers, cocktail parties, seated dinners, and celebrations of all kinds. The space is decorated and furnished completely from our vintage collections, and guests often remark that exploring our venue like visiting a museum.

Speaking of museums, the theme of our party was “Museum of Mystery,” or what is often called a “Cabinet of Curiosity.” What the heck is that you may wonder? Well, before there were any Museums of Natural History full of animal bones, taxidermy, insects, fossils, gems, botanical specimens, weird medical implements and scientific oddities, people who were interested in these things would curate their own collections and display them in special rooms called “cabinets. Historians date the concept all the way back to the 1500’s, and millions of people today take huge pride in showing off their treasured collections from the natural world. It was (and is) a way to try to understand the vast mysteries of the world around us.


Since owner Coleen Hubbard has an ongoing passion for collecting these kinds of objects, the theme was a chance to display many of her favorite finds. (You can see more of her collection in this Cabinet of Curiosities shoot.) It also ties in well with Halloween, which is always a time to celebrate mysteries of all kinds. Throughout the venue, we styled our vignettes with antique photos, vintage books, bones, rocks, apothecary bottles with dried foliage, and a tray of old dental and medical implements. Coleen loves theme parties because they provide endless ways to meld decor, food, and drink into a cohesive experience for guests. When you include the theme in an invitation, it creates a sense of anticipation for guests and gives them an idea of what to wear for the occasion.

Sometimes a bit of “creepy,” especially near Halloween, is just “what the doctor ordered!”


The “Museum” is closed until next year, but we think you’ll like our vintage Christmas style coming soon.

If you missed the party, we invite you to schedule a time to visit us and see what our venue and rental collections have to offer.

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Summer Bridal Shower: A Retro Backyard Celebration for Amy

IMG_2706 Vintage gold flatware, Corelle plates, and assorted amber goblets.

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.”

IMG_2768 1960s retro Royal typewriter with a custom message.
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