Woo Hoo!! Happy 1st day of spring everyone! I know it should mean nothing considering the amount of snow we received around there parts but I don’t care! Spring is officially here so it can only get better, right?
Last Wednesday, I shared with you some of the family heirlooms that acted as decorations around our wedding reception hall. Today, I’d like to continue.
An original horse drawn carriage that was used by my great grandparents has been parked at the farm for years! We decided to dust it off and carefully move it up to the hall. It is a fairly large piece to place in the hall but filled up empty space! When it was set up we decided that it would work perfectly as a place for guests to place any gifts! Not only was it very functional but very pretty as well sitting there!
You can see in the background an old saw and scythe that was used on the farm MANY years ago!
You can also see a couple of white signs that are on the carriage. They are descriptions of what things are. That way, guests could walk around and see where the antiques came from.
An old vase that was my great grandma Hamilton’s.
This old night gown..The sign reads “Eleanor Radmore (Grandma Faris) wedding nightgown 1871. Probably handspun which was done extensively in 1860’s during the Civil War in the U.S.A”
This doll’s crib was made during the civil warm time by a relative and brought to Canada and into Grandma Faris’ possession.
This old bench was from the original farm house on the Hamilton side. It was in ROUGH shape when it come into mine and Ryan’s possession but as a wedding present, my brother and sister in law had it painted and re-upholstered.
In this set up, check out the cabinet that the cake is on. This piece of furniture was built by Mr.Guthrie – an accomplished cabinet maker. After his death there was a sale and my great-great grandfather, (William Hamilton) bought it for 1$. My great great grandmother Emma Ruth Hamilton (Nee Hobbs) used it to store her preserves in.
This old latter was another piece from the farm. The little tricycle was my grandfathers.
The car that you see alot of mine and Ryan’s pictures in front of is just right behind our home in the bush. It’s was originally my grandpa’s car and when it stopped working he parked it there.
As you can see, family is very important to Ryan and I. So important, that we wanted to represent our ancestors in our wedding decor. It was as if having a piece of family around us reminded us (and guests) of where we came from. Having both families have special items around the hall represented our two families becoming one through our wedding union.