Some recent Preservation in Pink adventures, including a flamingo wedding*! If you follow PiP on Twitter or Instagram these might be repeats, so I’ve thrown in a few new images. Where have you been lately? Anywhere fun? Do tell.

For a change of pace, more posts coming this weekend.

*I should clarify that by flamingo wedding, I refer to one of the “flamingo girls” who was married this past weekend in Virginia. We flamingos flock from all corners of the world to attend each other’s weddings. Congratulations Elyse & Adam!



Dear Readers,

Life has a been a blur lately! Between final wedding preparations, house hunting and the process of making offers and buying, working, and trying to stay sane, my attention has been scattered near and far. That would be why the posting is sparse this week. The remaining days of June will be filled with much of the same activities, so I wanted to let you know that Preservation in Pink is on a mini vacation or more like a part time schedule now. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

However, come July, Preservation in Pink will be back with some awesome new guest bloggers, good summer stories and preservation thoughts, and soon – a brand new headquarters. (Well, the blog will be in the same place, but if all goes well, I’ll be blogging from another abode!)

For the time being, enjoy picture posts and let’s hope for some good end of June summer weather.



p.s. here’s one to start:

The coolest flowers I have ever seen. We came across them in Boston Common.

As preservationists, it is important for us to remember that landscape – the natural environment – contributes greatly to our built and cultural environment.  Sometimes taking time to enjoy a flower garden with historic buildings as the background is just as satisfying as gazing up at the building cornices.

More crazy flowers!

Does anyone know the name of these flowers?

Congratulations Maria + TJ!

Another blissful wedding for a fellow flamingo girl.

Our tradition: the girls and the bride and the flamingos.

Their third appearance at a wedding.

Weddings at Historic Sites

Thank goodness it’s summer, which means a few months without homework! And it’s wedding season. Some of the most important considerations in choosing a ceremony/reception location (to me) are: 1) that it’s historic, 2) that it’s not a typical sit-eat-dance ballroom setting, 3) that it’s in beautiful Vermont – or where you’d want to get married, 4) that it’s not too far away so we can actually meet with the necessary vendors, etc. for planning, 5) that poor weather will not ruin anything, and of course 6) that it’s within our budget. Maybe it’s because I’m letting the preservationist in me take over (okay, and the budget), but most places just do not fit with everyone.

So, fellow preservationists and those attached to preservationists, how did you go about choosing a wedding location? Did it have to be historic? Did you make sure to choose a venue that is part of a non-profit? What restrictions did you have? Or, did a historic venue not matter for your wedding? I did not spend my childhood dreaming of my fairytale wedding; I must have started once I uncovered my love of historic preservation. And thus, I am finding the task of choosing the perfect place to be very difficult, even with the beautiful inns and barns throughout the state.

Well I bring up this atypical subject on PiP to ask for advice from fellow wedding planner preservationists. And just for some fun stories about planning, venues, decisions, and the actual day. How did preservation fit into your wedding? Please share; I’d love to hear. Or, what would you do? Plan a summer wedding.

Of course, flamingos will be involved in our wedding.

Flamingo Celebrations!

Laurel, me, Elyse, Missy, Ali, Maria, Kerry - at Missy & Shane's wedding!

Two special flamingo announcements:

1. June 7 – Happy Birthday Kerry!! I hope you have a fantastic day. You are one of the best preservationists I know!

2. Congratulations to Missy & Shane, the newlyweds! We all had an amazing weekend in Virginia and wish you the absolute best.

Mary Washington flamingo tradition at weddings.

The tradition began in Thousand Island Park (see here and here).

Roadside Retro

Check out the brand new banner, created especially for Preservation in Pink.  I’m working on the updates and cleaning up the site – it will happen this week.  Expect some future posts about a recent preservation wedding and road trips accompanying our travels.

Here is a teaser photo:

Flamingo bride. (Photo by Laurel Hammmig)