Thursday, February 16, 2017

"At Last" by Etta James

At Last! is the debut studio album by American blues and soul artist Etta James, which includes the title song "At Last". The album was released on Argo Records in November 1960 and was produced by Phil and Leonard Chess. The original release contained four of James' hits on the Rhythm and Blues Records Chart between 1960 and 1961. It was her first of five studio albums James would release on the Argo label. The album's title song was used as an intro song for the EA game FIFA 16. Read more...

The forget-me-not blue wedding palette

Forget-me-nots and pale yellow roses combined in a Spring bouquet for your wedding.
       A wedding bouquet that includes forget-me-nots insures that a groom will always remember his wedding anniversary. Forget-me-nots also look charming when paired with a variety of blooms. Choose white roses and blushing carnations, dyed to match the colors of your bridemaid's dresses , for a traditional early Spring bouquet. You could also pair those tiny blue buds with daffodils for an Easter themed wedding or create a bouquet of forget-me-nots paired ivory magnolias? The scent would be heavenly!
       Ivory or any "off-white" color paired with a soft green and brilliant robin's egg blue would make for a memorable vintage wedding day. Choose traditional white stationary trimmed in blue and use a classic grey font. Keep it clean, crisp and simple.

Wedding forget-me-not bouquets, cakes and trimmings:

The Diem Sisters Marry

      Below are the wedding day photos of my husband's family Diem. All three are pictures of sisters. They are great, great grand aunts to my children. Each of them had lovely, formal, Victorian era weddings. 
      Their mother, Louise (Orth) Kohlstock was the first postmistress of De Peres County, St. Louis. She married again after being widowed and had twin girls with a man (Joseph Diem). My children are the direct descendants of one of her twin daughters.
Above you can see what these family photographs looked like originally. I have restored them below.
Read more about my restored family heirlooms here.
Emelia Diem married Mr. Christman. Emelia carried a fan instead of a bouquet in her ceremony. Both my husband's family and my own seemed to have married into families using the last name "Christman" several times during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This studio, wedding portrait was taken at "Marks & Brown" studio in St. Louis
Lena Diem married Mr. Schmidt and they had two sons Alwin and Frank. They were married in 1888. You can see Lena posing with lace gloves instead of a bouquet. This studio, wedding portrait was taken at "Whew" or "Whem" art studios on 1631 Franklin Avenue, St. Louis, MO.
Philippine Diem married Mr. Mild. They had four children: Clara, Nora, Edna and Erwin. Philippine carried a lace fan instead of a bouquet on her wedding day. Their wedding portrait was taken at "Genelli" at 923 Olive St. St. Louis, MO.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sprigs of Holly for Christmas Bridal Scrapbooks

      These sprigs of holly (three versions) may be used on personal wedding pages, for individual couples wedding announcements or in personal scrapbooks or as graphic elements in personal wedding video. Do not use them for profits, resale or to draw traffic to wedding pages/blogs that are designed to profit from third party ads. They're colorized and restored by me, Kathy Grimm.

The Christmas Wedding

This wedding took place in December 22, 1904 in Forsyth, Montana.

       A Christmas wedding is rather an unusual thing. At Christmas-tide everybody's mind is set on something other than weddings, and to have one then seems almost like an interruption of the just mirth which reigns the world over." writes Muriel Falkland in the Housekeeper. The writer goes on to describe how the idea of a Christmas wedding was prettily carried out in favor of one of a group of twelve girl friends who had planned to have distinctive celebrations of this greatest event of their lives.
       The ceremony was a home one, of course, and as Katherine has a host of brothers and sisters and another host of young nephews and nieces, there was every reason for as genial as the occasion and the season warranted.
      Our first move, when we arrived to get things in order, was to cover every floor in the house with crash. (What does this mean?)
      This gave the white background we had wished and afforded besides a splendid facility for the luxurious ever green trimming which we had planned to make the spirit of Christmas generally felt. Every picture and every doorway and window frame was out lined with evergreen, the spicy odors filling the house, ere we were half through. Holly we used only to wreathe the chandeliers and bank the window sills and mantel pieces. Long garlands of evergreen were hung in festoons along the upper side of the wall from the ceiling, twined around the balustrade and put in loops and circles wherever wall space offered. At each window a beautiful holly wreath, tied with floating streamers of scarlet ribbon, was hung, and on the end of each of the chandeliers hung a great ball of poinsettia, mingled with a few feathery green ferns and tied with scarlet.
      This was in the halls and chambers. In the drawing room, where the ceremony would be performed, a beautiful archway of ferns and poinsettia was erected by the florists under Elizabeth's direction, and from the middle of the arch a cluster of bells, also of scarlet, was hung in position like a chime.
      The wedding was planned to occur at half past seven, and just at a quarter past the chimes of the church at the corner began their hour of music, so that we had this sweet accompaniment to the ceremony.
      Promptly at half-past seven we emerged from the room upstairs where we had been dressing, since the early five o'clock dinner, and we could see for ourselves as we went slowly down the broad stairway that the scene was a beautiful one. First in the procession walked the four smallest nephews and nieces of the bride, two by two, the girls wearing frocks of white with scarlet ribbon in their hair and carrying baskets of holly, the boys in red, each with a branch of evergreen. Then went Katherine, dressed in white gleaming satin, with a hunch of mistletoe fastening her veil, and a white vellum prayer book in her hand. Then we girls, six of us, walked, two by two. each dressed in white, but wearing crowns of frosted holly and carrying a great armful of poinsettia blossoms from which long streamers of scarlet ribbon hung to the edge of our gowns.
      From the foot of the stairs to the sides of the archway two other nieces, also dressed in white and scarlet, stretched lines of glistening white satin ribbon, in which small bunches of holly were knotted at intervals, and through this enclosed pathway the bride walked to the improvised altar, leaning on her brother's arm.. During the ceremony the sound of an organ playing the sweet old Christmas hymn, "Adeste Fideles," penetrated the room, and continued while the solemn words of the marriage service were spoken, making a most beautiful accompaniment for the scene.
      When it was over there was a merry clash of bells, apparently coming from the very air about us, and when we looked in astonishment to see the reason, we found that an older boy had begged and borrowed all the bells he could, of every kind, and had set them going in the various rooms of the house, as soon as the ceremony was finished and the merry congratulations had begun.
       The newly wedded pair did not intend to leave the city that night, so the happiest of Christmas wedding parties was in full progress within a few moments after the marriage words concluded.
      Supper was served first, and the merriment enhanced by the fact that in the bunches of holly composing the centerpiece, which the bridesmaids drew to our plates at the conclusion of the meal, we found each an exquisite little locket showing a branch of holly, with green enameled gold leaves and bits of coral for berries, as souvenirs from our bride.
      Dancing came next, to the music of a stringed orchestra stationed some where out of sight, and through the drawing room, halls and dining room we whirled, counting the moments only by our flying footsteps.
      It was half-past eleven before we stopped, and then only at a signal from the band. This was no less than a march-or rather, the Christmas hymn played in march time, and stopping our waltz suddenly, we wondered what it meant, until Katherine and her husband, taking the lead, beckoned us to follow in procession. Wondering a little, we did so, and found ourselves led through the hall across to the library doors, which had been religiously closed all evening, rather to our surprise, since we needed the extra dancing place. Katherine flung open the doors and a moment of amazed silence ensued. There in the middle of the room stood a magnificent Christmas tree, hung from root to top with glittering emblems of the season and aglow with myriads of tapers fastened to its branches. At a signal from Katherine's brother, the electric lights in the hall and dining room went out and we found ourselves with nothing to detract from the radiant splendor of the symbolic tree.

Decorating a Winter White Table Scheme, 
these ideas would be lovely for a Christmas
wedding in a home environment.