What do you do when you stay in a gorgeous historic hotel that makes any 1800s-lover’s dreams come true? Why you set up a photoshoot! There was no question about that when my husband and I recently stayed in the historic Linden Row Inn in Richmond, VA. This exquisite piece of history possessed all the Victorian beauty our hearts desired. We were pretty much convinced this could easily be our home. Below are a few photos taken during our stay. I wish we had time to take more of the room and around the hotel but we were always on the go while we were in Richmond. The majority were taken in the majestic window with me standing on the window seat. That window tugged at my heart strings 🙂
Check out the few photos of the boudoir. When I saw the final product of the photos, they stirred my affection for many lines from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 🙂
“And in the end, we were all just humans.. drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”
“Why didn’t you tell me that if the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you? No sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody”
“Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”
“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”
Here is a photo I snapped and posted on my Instagram. You can get an idea on why I was so drunk on love with this place. 🙂
So here we are, at the Jazz Age Preservation Ball hosted by the Art Deco Society of Virginia. The event was at the historic Bolling Haxall House. Talk about a grand place to put on such an elegant event. The historic building is an 1858 Italianate Mansion. If you read my recent post about Second Empire style, you can figure I was about to have a heart attack when I entered the place.
The event was to benefit the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The Art Deco Society of Virginia aims to raise funds through the Jazz Age Preservation Ball for one of Virginia’s selected Art Deco preservation projects. The Byrd Theatre definitely had the classiest-looking benefactors to raise awareness about it’s preservation. The night kicked off with some dance lessons by two of the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s board members. Guests grabbed their partners and learned the Charleston to get them ready for dancing the night away.
Everyone danced to the sounds of the Blue Crescent Syncopators, a jazz and swing band that brings back the music from the 1920s to 1930s. There was a silent auction that had a bevy of jazz age items for guests to bid on. Guests could sign up to get their photo taken by photographer Lynn Redmile so they could capture their twenties look. There was plenty of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy while mingling among each other.
Towards the end of the evening there was a burlesque performance by The Garter Snaps. The Garter Snaps are burlesque-duo that treated the Jazz Age Preservation Ball guests to a hot little number to the music of 1933’s “We’re in the Money.”
We were so glad we got to experience such an extravagant event. It was such a sight to see everyone dressed up to celebrate their love for this era and help raise money for Art Deco preservation. It truly was the cherry on top to our weekend and we look forward to next year!
Recently my husband and I took a little jaunt to the lovely city, Richmond, Virginia. It was a long weekend for me (having the Monday holiday off from work) so we had planned our little Richmond trip in advance. We arrived late Friday night due to several flight delays but made it a little past midnight. We stayed at the historic Linden Row Inn. Neither of us have visited Richmond, Virginia so we were excited to see the city.
The next morning we had time to explore the city a little before we got ready for the main reason of our trip, to attend the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s Jazz Age Preservation Ball. I had done a little research online prior to our trip regarding things to do while we were in the city. And one of the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s board members gave me a great list of places to eat and shop. We found out Richmond has an Edgar Allan Poe Museum and they happen to be hosting a birthday bash all day for the sullen poet. The museum opened in 1922 and is housed in the oldest home in Richmond. It is just a few blocks from Poe’s first Richmond home and first place of employment.
There was a tour, music, entertainers and the grande finale was at midnight when the cake would be cut in honor of Poe. We primarily walked between the different buildings that kept all the items and pieces of history from Poe’s life. I definitely recommend checking out the museum because the museum gives so much history about his life. There is even one room only dedicated to his hauntingly beautiful poem Annabel Lee. In this room, onlookers are presented with bits and pieces of information about which specific lady in Poe’s life inspired this poem, although this has always remained a mystery.
We had a lovely afternoon and it was time well spent to soak up our day before we got ready for our big event. After our little adventure at the museum, we went back to the hotel to start our transformation into the Jazz Age.