This past week I enjoyed a special tea with two dear friends. A summer afternoon was spent having tea at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. This summer they have a special exhibit of the wedding gowns from several generations of the Ford family brides.
The Gate House to Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
The tea was held in the Cotswald Cafe within the Visitor Center.
While waiting in the lobby, I had a pleasant surprise, Phyllis from The Relevant Tea Leaf arrived with her lovely daughter Lori who took our photo. A coincidence was that Phyllis and I were wearing similar tops. As they say “great minds think alike.”
Jill & Phyllis
We then went to our respective tables to be served a new-to-me brand of tea, “Tea Forte.”
Perhaps some of the tea connoisseurs are familiar with this brand. I chose the English Breakfast as did my friend who is British. She much prefers the classic teas over the herbal or flavored ones.
The tea comes cleverly packaged and when opened it is in its own diffuser.
The tea caddy was full of savories which we found satisfying. My English friend noted that cream/milk and lemon were not served with the tea as is proper.
Following our hour-long chat while we sipped tea and nibbled on finger foods, we went to the South Cottage (within the Gate House) and viewed the wedding gowns from several generations of the Ford Family brides. Oh my, they were beautiful. A plethora of satin, beads and European lace.
Back View of the Gate House
Eleanor Hudson married Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford) in 1916, thus the name of the summer-long exhibit, A Century of Love. While using my phone camera, it was difficult to get decent photos of the full gowns. Therefore, I will show close-ups of gowns in order for you to see the exquisite details. It was interesting to note that some Ford brides chose classic gowns and some chose wedding dresses from their era. As we were visiting the exhibit near closing time, I did not properly identify the gowns with the bride. We were also sidetracked and in awe of the beautiful dresses. My apologizes. Since my original post it has come to my attention that the last gown I featured belonged to Elizabeth Ford Kontulis.
Wedding Gown of Eleanor Hudson Ford ~ 1916
Bridesmaid Gown from Eleanor’s 1916 Wedding
Elizabeth Hudson Ford Kontulis ~ 1987 Wedding
The display card noted that the lace bodice was imported from Europe and chosen by an historian.
It was a delightful July afternoon which included friends, tea, beads, satin and lace. To see more and/or different photos, please visit Phyllis at Relevant Tea Leaf as she will also soon do a post regarding her tea at the Ford House.
Should you be in the Metro Detroit area this summer and/or in the future, I highly recommend visiting the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House which is open to the public. The grounds are lovely and the house is beautiful although we did not tour house on this tea visit.
Sharing my tea outing with