Any wedding is a cause for celebration, even if it took place 100 years ago.
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site will present "Vintage Memories: Weddings Past" this month to commemorate the centennial of the White House wedding of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, to Ohio Congressman Nicholas Longworth on Feb. 17 1906.
The wedding ceremony, the sixth to ever take place in the White House, was given in the East Room and captured the media of the time, with front page coverage on almost every newspaper in the country. "Princess Alice," as she became known, shared the spotlight with no one -- no bridesmaids. The wedding cake was cut, not with a knife, but with a military dress sword.
The Theodore Roosevelt site's celebration includes a stunning exhibit of 10 vintage bridal gowns from the site's Costume Resource Center, Feb. 24-26, and will begin with a cocktail reception and buffet from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Jacobs Executive Development Center, the Butler House, at Delaware Avenue and North Street.
Guests may then attend a preview in the site of the gown exhibit, floral displays presented by Western New York's premier florists, historic photographs and other memorabilia associated with Alice Roosevelt's wedding from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor tickets are $75 and patron tickets are $100 each. Private group tours of a maximum of 45, including mimosas and light brunch, will be given at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 and 26 by costume resource center volunteers.
The exhibit will be open to public viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, when champagne and wedding cake will be served.
Costume resource volunteers will give special presentations at 1 p.m. each day and consultations with Ellen DeWind of Angel Restorations on restoring treasured gowns will be available.
Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Elaine Friedhaber and Patricia Hain are chairwomen for the weekend. Friedhaber is in charge of floral displays. Hain is in charge of the wedding gown exhibit, assisted by Nancy Barnwell. For information and tickets, call the site at 884-0095.