In Lancashire, antique shops aren’t normally associated with romantic proposals, unless it’s about getting a good deal on a Victorian 4-poster bed; but a Maryland antique dealer has ended up walking down the aisle after her boyfriend popped the question among the antique desks where she works.
On 8th August 2011, Heather Beck was just an enterprising young Maryland antique dealer, enjoying lunch with her boyfriend Shawn Kettering. She was mildly surprised when, having decided to go back to the antiques mall where she had her stall to check on the stock, Shawn offered to accompany her. She was even more surprised when, once there, he dropped to one knee among the antique chests and Victorian dining chairs and asked her to be his wife, first directing her attention to the ring, which was sitting on top of a vintage beer can on a nearby display shelf.
Of course Heather said yes, with the result that the couple tied the knot on 4th June, at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, a fitting venue for a bride who even went vintage for her wedding dress. Heather Beck’s booth is stocked with vintage clothing, and she’s also a talented actress, so she had no trouble selecting wedding dresses from her own stock – with lots of costume changes during the festivities to make sure they all got an airing. Wedding gifts were easy too, with guests assembling among the antique chests and dining tables of the antique mall for a “champagne and shopping” session before heading off to the ceremony.
If you’re looking for original wedding gift ideas, antique dealers in Lancashire have everything from antique desk ornaments to sets of antique balloon backed dining chairs .
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