Wednesday, May 12th, 2010...10:13 am

Long Island Gold Coast Weddings IN THE NEWS

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As you plan your contemporary wedding, you might be curious about what weddings in the past might have been like.   Well, now you can find out.  Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is presenting a new exhibition –  Gold Coast Weddings: 1890 – 1940 will explore the world of glamorous weddings on Long Island’s Gold Coast at a time when the great mansions on the North Shore were becoming famous not only for their fascinating inhabitants—Captains of Industry—but for their splendor and style.

The Great Hall of Coe Hall will be transformed for the exhibition and will highlight weddings distinctive of that era.  One of the main features of the exhibition is a massive 16-foot archway of silk flowers that recreates a wedding flower display from 1897.

The Great Hall of Coe Hall

Other features include four wedding dresses from about 1900, accessories, and other historical ephemera. Visitors can participate in discussions on the kinds of gifts bestowed upon Natalie Mai Coe, the only daughter of William Robertson Coe and Mai Rogers Coe, who married Commendatore Leonardo Vitetti, an Italian Diplomat from an aristocratic family at this very mansion, see a newsreel of the event and an example of the wedding cake from the 1930s, and learn how certain wedding traditions began.  There will also be interactive elements to this exhibit, featuring a text messaging scavenger hunt, in which visitors answer questions about the exhibit as they make their way through, and a trunk of wedding dress up clothes for children.

The exhibition will open to visitors from Saturday, May 15th – September 30th, from 11:30 – 3:30 pm.  Fee is $3.50 per person.   Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park and Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road Oyster Bay.  For more information, call 516-922-9200.  I can’t wait to visit!

Gold Coast Wedding