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June 16, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

Unfortunately, none of the Dude's or my grandparents are going to be able to make it to the wedding. Three sets have passed away, and one isn't going to be able to make the trip from Iowa. In order to honor them in their absence, I decided I wanted wedding day photos from all four sets on display at the reception.

One of my favorite aunts had me over for breakfast this morning to look at pictures of my beloved Grandpa Everett and Grandma Grace, both of whom I miss terribly. They had a lavish wedding in Minneapolis on February 14, 1938, when Everett was 32 and Grace was a month shy of 21. A few years later my grandpa would be deployed to Europe as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. As the war ended he was a part of the mission that liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp. My grandma said he was the never the same afterward. He didn't like to talk about it.

But in these photos of their wedding day my grandma looks beautiful in her designer satin gown and my grandpa is so dashingly debonair. Both look serenely happy.

My brother's baby book includes an article about their wedding entitled "Dr. Perlman And Bride Motor South":

A Valentine Day bride, Miss Grace Audrey Feinberg, chose to wear for her marriage a Schaperelli model of egg shell satin, shirred at the shoulders and at the knotted neckline. The bodice was on princess lines and the gown was fashioned with a long train. A roll of matching satin formed a halo from which fell the finger tip length veil. The bridal bouquet was of gardenias and lilies of the valley.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Feinberg. Her marriage took place last evening at the home of her parents to Dr. Everett C. Perlman, who is the son of Dr. and Mrs. M. C. Perlman. Rabbi David Aronson officiated at the service. The rooms were decorated with ferns and palms, lighted tapers in candelabra and baskets of Easter Lilies. A program of nuptial music was played on the violin by Marion Bearnstein Bearman.

The bride was attended by Mrs. Arnold Feinberg and Mrs. Aleyn Perlman. Mrs. Feinberg wore dubonnet net fashioned over taffeta. Her flowers were talisman roses and orchid sweet peas. Mrs. Perlman wore a Vionnet model of turquoise blue net made over taffeta and carried a bouquet of pink roses and pink sweet peas. Aleyn Perlman and Arnold Feinberg acted as ushers.

The bride's mother wore black crepe and her flowers were gardenias. The mother of the bridegroom wore black lace and also had a corsage of gardenias.

Dr. and Mrs. Perlman have left on a motor trip to Mexico City. For travel the bride chose a suit of steel blue wool. Her accessories were of navy blue. After March 6 Dr. and Mrs. Perlman will be at home.


  1. The story about their wedding is so classy. They were a classy pair--that's for sure--but I have to believe we've lost something since that time. Great post!

  2. I think you've inherited your grandmother's eyes, Nina. Thanks for sharing a bit of your family's history with us.