Love is in the air at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, as the beloved historic estate celebrates the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor’s marriage with a new exhibit, Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.
Now 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.
“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, visit https://www.fordhouse.org/events
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 at https://www.fordhouse.org/events