Sharing my Vintage Wedding Photo Story........

Hello All,
Hope your day is going super great!

I have been wanting to share with all of you a pillow and a lovely story that I had given to my swap buddy Mary when we did the Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something Blue swap over at "A Swap For All Seasons" this past June.
We also had to include a Vintage wedding photo as well. In my search to find "The" perfect vintage wedding photo my husband and I searched the suburbs of Atlanta and my search took me to one of my favorite antique shops in downtown Roswell. I had asked the ladies if they had any VWP and one lady said she thought they had one in the corner of the shop so she went over to find it, a few minutes later she said they must have sold it. My husband started looking in the same area and told me to come over to him and he pulled out this wonderful photo he said "will this do" ? Oh my, be still my beating heart! YES I said.
Later that evening I had said to my husband that there were names on the back of the photo and I being an avid Genealogist for the past 30 years  thought  I could probably find out who they are!
We had the name of the photographer in the Chicago area on the photot so we started to search. The date on the back of the photo said taken around 1905. We found the photographer, we found the couple who were married and also one of the couple's standing in back of them and we also traced them through the census where they lived and what the husband did for a living " he was a Butcher" and they even had a son. When the son was around 20 years old he was working for a law firm in Chicago and he was one of the men who arrested "Al Capone" "the first time"!!   If you can see in the picture the  lovely married couple are smiling and leaning into each other, in so many photos of that era people never smiled, but they were.
I wanted to pay a special tribute to this couple and made this lovely pillow. I used a beautiful vintage lace over muslin and attached a lovely vintage doily that I folded over to make a pocket in which I added the photo. I also made a paper fan out of  music sheet of the Wedding March song.. I included ribbons and pearls and made an ivory ribbon rose. I also included a few bits from my wedding and attached a cameo locket with a ribbon onto the rose. Before I mailed all of the items out to Mary I had made copies of the wedding photo and cut out the married couples faces for each side of the locket.
I had so much fun with my first swap and if you have never joined "A Swap For All Seasons" please do so.
A new swap is starting this coming Sunday, August 1st. so sign up for a wonderful experience!!

Love to All and Enjoy the coming Weekend!!

Susan

Comments

  1. Hi Susan,
    wonderfull story about how you found this beautifull story.
    And your pillow, are the most wonderfull, thing-so very gorgeus, and the rosette beautifull. Love it.
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  2. What a lovely pillow and a beautiful story too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  3. Susan, This is so awesome. I still have not come down from the mountain top experiencing my two childrens weddings. It was so much fun!
    Hope this finds you and your husband doing well!
    Yvette

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  4. Thanks for reminding me my dear friend on the fall swap. I have signed up! Also nice post, it brings back the day I got my special package from you. I love seeing my pillow!!!!! HUGS MARY

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  5. Susan this pillow is fabulous. And so neat that you did the research on all those involved with the photo. What a nice touch that you added to the locket. Great job a real treasure.
    Debbie

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  6. Hey my friend...so glad I finally got to see this. I have been trying to picture it in my mind....lovely and the story behind the picture is the best
    I just checked my emails nothing from you. lol Hope it did not go somewhere else ...let me know if u sent it
    Love
    Maggie

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  7. DEAR SUSAN,
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DROPPING BY TO SEE ME TODAY. PLEASE KNOW I WILL PRAY FOR EDDIE FROM THIS DAY FORTH AS WELL AS MICHIELLE WILL ONCE SHE READS YOUR COMMENT AS WELL AS OTHER FAITHFUL READER PRAYER WARRIORS.IT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN IF YOUR CHILD WAS BATTLING THE SAVAGERY OF CANCER AND I THINK FAR WORSE...LIVING ON THE EDGE.
    I LOVED THIS STORY SO VERY MUCH...I COULD READ STORIES LIKE THAT ALL DAY. WHAT WOULD BE THE ODDS OF TRULY FINDING THAT PHOTOGRAPH. YOUR PILLOW IS BEAUTIFUL.
    I ALSO JOINED THE BLISSFUL ATC SWAP...WE MAY BE PARTNERS ONE DAY. IT WAS MY FIRST ATC. ART IS MY PASSION. BUT WHEN AMY GRADUATED TO HEAVEN, FOR 9 MONTHS NOW, I JUST LOST MY DESIRE TO CREATE ANYTHING. SLOWLY IT IS COMING BACK. MY FIRST ATC CARD WAS RATHER PRIMITIVE COMPARED TO ALL THE PROFESSIONALS BUT I AM EXCITED TO LEARN ALL THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES....I DON'T SEW...I DON'T EVEN OWN A SEWING MACHINE...I WISH I COULD AND MAYBE I WILL LEARN.....I TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO SEE....I AM A BRITTLE DIABETIC AND HAVE HAD NUMEROUS LASER SURGERIES FOR LEAKAGES IN MY EYES.
    I READ SOME OF YOUR POSTS AND I LOVE YOU HOLDING THE CHICKEN. I LOVE CHICKENS AND ROOSTERS.
    SO VERY NICE TO MEET YOU SUSAN.
    I JOINED YOUR BLOG AS A FOLLOWER.
    YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN PINK SATURDAY AS PRETTY PINK AS YOUR BLOG IS.
    HUGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  8. The pillow is just gorgeous! And you know I have a thing for pillows! But the story behind the photo...that is so cool! Love the satin rosette, the perfect finishing touch.
    Blessings,
    Diane

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  9. Hi Susan, just saw this post and it is a beautiful piece of work you have created here, the story you uncovered makes it even more special. What handsome couples they are! Thanks for sharing it all.

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  10. Great story, how interesting, and i just love what you have done with the pillow :)

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