Ford House celebrates ‘A Century of Love’
Posted: May 6, 2016
Love is in the air at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, as the beloved historic estate celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor’s marriage with a new exhibit, Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.
Opening June 26 and running through Nov. 8, the exhibit highlights the evolution of wedding traditions and trends over the last century, as seen through the lens of four generations of Ford family nuptials. The celebration begins with a special vow renewal in the garden of the lakeside estate and preview of the exhibit on June 25.
“Weddings are a unique and intimate experience for everyone,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “Down the Aisle will guide visitors through generations of this iconic American family’s weddings, from bouquets and wedding cakes to gowns and accessories. We hope guests will feel a sense of nostalgia and reminisce about their own cherished memories while they view this rare collection.”
Visitors will be captivated by never-before-seen images from the family’s personal collections; footage from Edsel and Eleanor’s rehearsal dinner; wedding favors and accessories from throughout the decades; an original slice of Edsel and Eleanor’s wedding cake; and at the center of the exhibit, 14 en vogue bridal gowns worn by generations of Ford women – all on display together for the first time.
Highlighting bridal fashions of the last century, the dresses include Eleanor’s Russian-style, turn of the century gown created by the renowned designer House of Lucile; Josephine Ford’s Mainbocher-designed hoop skirt gown circa-1943; Martha Firestone’s luxurious Carrie Munn-designed gown from 1947; Cynthia Layne Neskow Ford’s 1975 Priscilla of Boston gown; and 10 other stunning examples of gowns from the 1940s through 2015.
Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings will be located in the South Cottage at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Entry into the exhibit is included in the estate’s general admission fee. For more information, click here.
Ongoing special programming related to wedding themes will also be offered throughout the length of the exhibition. Visitors can expect to learn about unique traditions and customs in more detail, including floral arrangements, ballroom dancing, gown preservation, wedding china and more. A complete list and schedule of special programming is available on our website here.
Vow Renewal and Garden Party
As a special way to kick off the centennial celebration, Ford House is hosting A Legacy of Love: Vow Renewal and Garden Party on Saturday, June 25 from 4:30-8 p.m. Couples will enjoy a rare opportunity to renew their marriage vows or celebrate a new promise of love in the estate’s gardens, followed by a lakeside strolling dinner, complete with wedding cake and dancing to the sounds of local favorite, the Sun Messengers.
“The Legacy of Love Vow Renewal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for couples,” said Mullins. “Since only a handful of weddings have taken place at Ford House, this celebration gives couples the opportunity to participate in a special ceremony and recommit themselves to each other with the beautiful backdrop of the Fords’ family home.”
A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event. Advance tickets are $225 per couple participating in the vow renewal. Tickets are also available to family, friends and guests interested in witnessing, but not participating in the vow renewal for $100 per person. Reserve your tickets here.
Memories in Bronze
As a tribute to the love shared by Edsel and Eleanor Ford, a bronze statue of the couple walking arm-in-arm will be unveiled as part of the celebration in June. The life-sized statue was created by renowned Studio EIS in Brooklyn, New York, and will be placed in the estate’s garden where Edsel and Eleanor enjoyed spending time together.