Wedding gowns dating back to 1911 were on display at a fundraising event attended by more than 600 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
The July 28 event, called Unboxed Wedding Memories, was organized by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter GQ. The sisterhood is a nearly 150-year-old philanthropic organization that supports and encourages the education of women through loans, grants and scholarships.
A total of $10,000 was raised at the event, which had 68 contributors and 10 vendors. Vendors included A Chocolate Studio, Adorned Bridal, Akala Jewelry, Augstums Printing, Butterfly Bakery, H Salon, Moments in Time Images, Oak Creek Plants and Flowers, Shannon Formalwear and Venue Catering.
A total of 53 gowns worn from 1911 to 1999 were modeled, and the show even included depictions of gowns of the future. A vintage wedding gown display featured six gowns and accessories.
The second half of the show featured theme brides: Cinderella bride, Medieval bride, Winter bride, Summer bride, Prairie bride, International bride, Mermaid bride, Ballerina bride, Minimal bride, Nostalgic bride and nontraditional brides in colored dresses. The Larry and Ruth Ann Bartels family represented four generations of brides with three granddaughters serving as models.