Thursday, October 18, 2012

Laurent's Latest

For a moment, it was as if somebody had turned back the pages of times to the days of flappers, speakeasies and bathtub gin. Actually, I was at an outdoor, late summer wedding with a 1920s theme. To be honest, it felt as if we were partaking into the roaring twenties… and I was enjoying every minute of it. Everybody was in period costumes, and as far as we were concerned, the rest of the world no longer existed. Music of the jazz and big band era was blaring from speakers…the only thing missing was a Duesenberg touring car parked in the driveway. We had to settle for a couple of antique Fords.
Normally, I would not be involved or invited at such a function; however my antique Fords were my invitation ticket. It all began early in the year when I received an email from a lady who identified herself as Amanda Denton, formerly from Digby Neck, explaining her upcoming wedding to George d’Eon in late summer. She went on that my antique cars would go well with her 1920s style wedding. Although I did not know Amanda, I did know George’s parents and grandparents, the theme sounded like fun and I happily agreed to participate.
Ms. Denton’s plan worked like clockwork, she was well organized, and even the sun came out to brighten an otherwise gloomy week. The wedding took place on the spacious and inviting property of the groom’s aunt and uncle, very close to my home. On the appropriate date of Sept. 7, a lucky number, as planned, the bride, her father, and bridesmaids, all dressed in roaring twenties-type outfits, boarded my 80-year-old station wagon. To add a bit of excitement to the event, with the “aa-goo-gaa” horn blaring away, we drove past the wedding guests who were patiently waiting on the lawn and returned shortly for a dramatic entrance. All eyes and cameras were aimed in our direction as we came to a complete stop, adding a final touch to a grand entrance.
The groom, best man and groomsmen, all dressed in period attire of matching vest and hats, were there waiting for the bride in front of a portable chapel. The wedding ceremony was short, plaintively sincere and touching. We could hear soft music of an earlier time playing in the background. Later in the evening, the entertainment was provided by Dwight d’Eon and his band from Halifax. Dwight d’Eon, as many will remember, gained fame on “Canadian Idol” five years ago.
Shortly after the wedding vows were spoken, all the wedding party and guests moved to the spacious grounds back of the main house. Many of the guests had arrived in a big modern rented bus and parking was not a problem, leaving lots of free space for this special occasion. A large tent with two dozen tables accommodated the guests and nearby was a smaller tent for the caterer and his workers. The best way to describe the caterer is to say that he brought his entire restaurant with him.
Everything was done in high fashion and class, but what impressed me the most was the outfits dating to 85 years earlier. Many of the women were dressed in flapper outfits with headbands and beads; some were dressed in longer dresses, gloves and feathered hats. The bride wore a long dress, headband and earrings - describing a bride is not my forte. As the chauffeur, I wore a straw boater hat and vest; however, the boater hat looked a lot better on Maurice Chevalier than it did on me. In any case, the 1920s theme was well represented by the bride and groom and by everybody there. Even the two bartenders were right out of western movies or perhaps the TV show Gunsmoke.
As elegant an affair this was, I’m very happy that my little Model T Ford truck and vintage Ford station wagon played a starring role and felt right at home with the nostalgic theme. My warmest wishes go out to George and Amanda for a long and happy life