Sunday, April 29, 2012


The kitchen at Laurelwood.  Getting ready to serve the rehearsal dinner
My oldest son and his lovely bride finally tied the knot in marital bliss.  Here are many photos of both the rehearsal dinner which was held at our beautiful Laurelwood Estate (where we do NOT live; upstairs is STILL being remodeled) AND their lovely country wedding at one of our pastors spacious properties.  ENJOY!

For those who don't know about Laurelwood, it is a Victorian home we purchased a year ago.

Laurelwood sits on a half acre with many oak trees.

It's one of those homes that everyone in the city dreams of owning.

The front of the house.  It is a two-story home and the interior is 3,400 square feet.

The main dining room.  

Before the guests arrive.  Setting up the buffet area.  My daughter and my grandson.

Upstairs seating for the rehearsal dinner.

Candle light ambiance with fireplace and stain glass domed skylight.

Let the eating commence!  Near the spiral staircase and fire pole.  Beautiful pillars grace the house.

Another view of the guests serving themselves buffet style.  A better view of the fire pole, and tin tiled ceilings.
Close up of the fireplace in the popcorn gallery downstairs.
There is an amazing amount of leaded glass in the house.  This one is actually of a skylight in over the kitchen.

This leaded glass window represents what is on either side of the kitchen door.

This is the ornate kitchen leaded glass and wood kitchen door.
The Widow's Walk on the roof.  The next photo shows the stained glass sky light that is inside the house which is twelve feet below the Widow's Walk.

This stained glass skylight hangs twelve feet below the Widow's Walk on the roof.

Frosted glass and etched windows in the master bathroom.

This is the stained glass window above the spiral staircase upstairs.  Notice the architectural frame that holds the stained glass.  All of the wood frames were cut by hand to enclose the stained glass window.

This stained glass in on the first floor near the fireplace pop corn gallery.  The design resembles a sturgeon fish.

I finally located a more complete photo of the Master bathroom in all its glory.

This is an original photo from the original owner a step-up foray which leads from the formal living room into the non-formal living room.

More of the outside back patio grounds.
Back patio swing near the back kitchen door.

A side gate entrance to the back yard.

The gazebo from a side view.
Just a random shot of the kitchen with me in the black and purple and a close friend of the family.

Master bedroom at Laurelwood.

Handpainted tile in Master bathroom.

Alcove in kitchen. Amazing pillars, tin ceilings and wood embellishments.

Facing the back door where there are 23,000 pieces of brick that enhances the entire back yard.

Wet bar at Laurelwood.

Carousel horse with view of sunken fireplace pop corn gallery.

View of informal living room with vintage furniture.

Partial view of formal living room with staircase, French drapes, vintage phonograph, sculptured ceilings, wall  electric candle scones.

Another amazing stained glass in the formal dining area.  My oldest brother called it 'I Am the Walrus'.

The leaded glass backdoor leading into the brick patio which happens to have tons of oak tree leaves in this photo!

View looking from the formal living room toward the back door, showing the bar stools on the left where the wet bar is, and the spiral staircase in the background.  With the ornate ceiling fixture showing lots of tin ceiling tiles.  And a frosted double door on the right side of the photo which leads to the Master bathroom and bedroom.

Kitchen dining booth area.  Many of the interior furnishings came from England from the previous owner who wanted to create a Victorian home from his own eccentric visions.  The home was in the makings for 23 years.   The original owner Donal Douglas passed away in 2006.

The other side of the formal living room.

Leading to the linen pantry and laundry room.

Partial view of the Master bathroom.

Picture in the informal living room.

Looking down into the pop corn gallery.

Ornate wooden mirror in Master bathroom.

Upstairs bathroom with vintage pull chains toilet.

This is an upstairs view of where many people ate.  You can see the fire pole in the background with the spiral staircase. Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal of tri-tip, chicken breast, or teriakyi chicken thighs along with rice pilaf, barbequed baked beans, garlic toast,  green garden salad, a melon ball variety salad, lemonade, tea or water.  We had root beer floats or orange floats for dessert.

The lovely bride and groom....Troy and Brittani
                                  Now...on to the wedding in the country!

Our other two sons, Ty on the left ( who was blessed with Downs) and our twenty-one year old son Todd, on the right with his girlfriend Megan in the middle.

Under the tented dance floor with tables for dinner.  There were around 250 guests and it had quit raining that morning.  The wedding was perfect at 3:30 P.M.

Me, Myself, and I...the mother of the groom.  Talking to the son of one of our pastors.

Cinderella dances at her ball!!! The bride and groom line dancing...and two girl cousins.
                                       That's all for now Folks! More later!!!

Posted by: Teresa


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! I am so excited to see the festivities in this DREAM HOME! Theresa.....WOW!! I knew you were working on this home, but this is the first time I have ever seen the inside. It literally seems like a something I would dream about. EACH ROOM IS A CHARM and perfectly put together. HOW DID YOU FIND THIS PLACE? (I know, you were blessed with this!) I just cannot believe the richness and special touches of each room. AND TO SEE YOU!!!!!! WHAT A SPECIAL ADDED TOUCH!

You are so blessed and to have such a wonderful space to hold the party. I cannot wait to see your progress come to full fruition and get another tour!!! BRAVO MY FRIEND! Anita

Jennifer said...

Teresa?! YOU OWN THIS PLACE?! It is like... my dream home! This is so incredible! I can't believe I didn't know this. Have you shared it before? It's so beautiful. My gosh, I'd be itching to live in it so much.

What a stunning wedding! Your son and his bride look so incredible. As do you Madame! A glowing mommy! How sweet is this :)

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Miss Teresa, as you know I am positively gobsmacked.

When can I move in? ;)

It is one of the most scrumptious dream like, ridiculously fascinating places, I have ever seen.

The only other time I was this jaw dropped was watching the documentary about the Winchester Mansion.

And, when I was at Hearst Castle several times as a young girl.

I so could live there. Just the place I should have lived :)

The stained glass, the stove, oh the stove!!!!!! Spiral stairs, a tub for a queen, all the brick, the gardens, the gazebo!!!

I can't say enough - I am about to faint...

You are so lovely. So are your children, and the bride and groom are beautiful!!!

Wow, what incredible sharing you have done here, thank you for all the photos! Truly!!

I will dream a little dream of Laurelwood tonight, for sure....

Palomasea said...

Dear Teresa,
Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom! May they have a lifetime of love and sweet blessings...
And you are so lovely in regal purple!
Thank you so much for sharing this very special occasion...and for allowing a peek into your remarkable home...stunningly beautiful!
The stained glass is my weakness, I am mesmerized...what an amazing property....
Blessings and love,
- Irina

Papillon Bleu said...

Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much Teresa for joining in the fun!!!!!
And, I see that you are already in a party mood here!
Ok, now, can we move in your place with my dolls for the party? hmm?

Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist} said...

Back for another peeeeek!! OH MY!!!! Have to send this link to my Mom asap Miss Teresa!! ;)

Shopgirl said...

A treasure, what a lovely way to live. The wedding day is so beatiful there...how proud you must be. Will you be living in the house?
We own a 1906 farmhouse,we love living here. We have 4 ac. and a old barn that we really enjoy. The house needed lots of love, but that is the fun part. Everyone that comes here feels the history of her. And with 7 grandchildren we have made our own history her.
Have a wonderful spring, Mary

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, beautiful house ... The stained glass window is stunning. It reminds me of a window in a Victorian house near to where I live - Eastdene on the Isle of Wight. I hope you and your family had a fab day!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Congratulations Teresa to the Bride and Groom...what a perfect place to be in...And look at your 2 gorgeous Sons...how proud you must be...

Laurelwood is stunning...are you planning to move into it at some stage? Thank you for a look into it...I might have to come back and have another look later as well...just stunning xo

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