While driving to an event planning industry meeting in Manchester this week, I passed an old abandoned house near the intersection of I-94 and M-52. I couldn’t stop thinking about the house during the meeting, and after it was over, drove back through twelve miles of winding country road, looking for the house. I knew I had to stop, if only for a few moments.
Pulling into the driveway, I was thrilled to find that not only was the house even more beautiful up close, but it also had several outbuildings and barns with caved-in roofs and splintered wood. A quick internet search told me the house was built in 1839 and was destined to be torn down. I am by no means a good photographer, and I snapped a few pictures with my phone, wishing I were. If I had that talent, my portfolio would be full of the haunting, devastatingly beautiful images of places and objects long-forgotten.
Perhaps it’s because I grew up playing with old dishes on the floor of an antiques store, or because I spent my childhood in a turn of the century home in various stages of reconstruction as my parents restored the house to its original glory, but whatever the reason, I love things with patina and peeling paint. Estate sales and consignment shops draw me in, and abandoned buildings and falling-down barns make me wistful, thoughtful, and most of all, inspired.
Hands down, some of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen were held in abandoned warehouses.
This warehouse wedding in Ohio, shot by Spencer Photography and Design featured a warehouse that the couple renovated themselves just for their wedding day, lots of candles, birdcages, and cakes. The exposed ductwork and other architectural details gave fantastic texture and visual interest to the space.
The stunning look of this warehouse wedding in Canada captivated me at once and the images from the couple’s reception has stayed with me for months. The juxtaposition of the sparkling chandeliers against the time-worn walls is breathtaking.
I have long been toying with the idea of doing a wedding inspiration photo shoot with an abandoned building, like the Lee Plaza Hotel’s ballroom, as the backdrop.
The Lee Plaza Hotel ballroom shot by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
View my Pinterest board for more photos of beautiful places with patina and peeling paint.