Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A beautiful Michigan wedding venue

Since my blog has turned into more or less suggestions for other people's 1920s theme weddings (my 1920s wedding having taken place more than a year and a half ago, now), I wanted to share with you a really beautiful Michigan wedding venue I ran across.

Castle Farms was built in 1918, which is why it made me think of my beloved 1920s wedding theme. During the early twenties, it was used to market Sears and Roebuck farm equipment, as well as entertain the locals. According to the website, "Cheese and ice cream were sold and spectators could watch the local baseball team play." Can't you just picture this beautiful setting alive with the sights and sounds of families in the early 1920s?

An old photograph of Castle Farms

Castle Farms, present day

Although the castle itself was designed to resemble the quaint farms found in the French countryside, many of the pictures of the castle and grounds remind me of the paintings of Maxfield Parrish, a talented artist whose work was very popular in the 1920s. In fact, as other artists in the 1920s copied his style, it has come to represent the Roaring Twenties for many collectors.

For instance, compare these prints by Maxfield Parrish with pictures of Castle Farms:

Daybreak by Maxfield Parrish, 1922

The gazebo at Castle Farms

In the images above, note the classic influences in each — the columns, for instance.

Ville d'Este by Maxfield Parrish

The butterfly garden and pond at Castle Farms

And in this pair, notice again the similarities in the feel of formal gardens and beautiful, man-made scenery.

And then there is this picture, which totally feels like a 1920s Parrish scene to me — all we need is an Adonis, nude or draped in classical robes, to make it feel complete!

The Queen's Garden at Castle Farms

If you plan your 1920s wedding at Castle Farms, there are many beautiful rooms, courtyards, and gardens to choose from — some of them more appropriate for the 1920s theme than others. For instance, I could totally picture a 1920s wedding reception in the beautiful gazebo or the classic Queen's Garden. And any of these rooms would do a lovely job of housing a Roaring Twenties-style mock speakeasy and dance hall for the reception:

The King's Gallery at Castle Farms

The East Garden Room at Castle Farms

The Queen's Tavern at Castle Farms

The Queen's Tavern at Castle Farms

For obvious reasons, Castle Farms specializes in castle weddings, and I'll bet they get a lot of medieval and Renaissance themed weddings too. However, when you consider history of the property and the the classical influences in the 1920s, I think the venue is also a great place for 1920s weddings!