The Palo Alto Plantation makes me think of this quote I read somewhere that said that a house isn’t a home until there’s been a birth, a wedding in it. Countless families have lived and loved at the Palo Alto. It’s a house that’s seen a lot of history, both good and bad. There’s been joy, sadness, and hope in the house. And now in this new phase of the Palo Alto Plantation’s life, there’s weddings and love. Tons of Love.
The Palo Alto Plantation in Maysville, NC, embraces these ideas. The Team at Dream Makers Wedding Estates brought the Palo Alto back from a worn out tired state and breathed into it new life. Stephanie and her team created a space that honors the history of this place while bringing it into a new place and time. I think it has to be one of the most satisfying jobs to be honest. To walk into a tired old property, one filled to brim with other stories, and to see the new stories that this place can launch. Countless marriages, laughs, tears, all happy, all joyful. It’s beautiful new time for this space.
One of the things I love personally about the Palo Alto Plantation is the beautiful job of restoration. I especially love the floors. When you walk in they’re the one of the first things I noticed and I asked Taylor if they were going to be refinished and she said, No. This this their natural look and that’s how they’ll stay.” I loved the floors, the original bricks in the hearth, the way the rooms all had these lines, built for airflow, but lead from one space into another. It makes my heart skip a beat, people. It was almost too much for me.
I’m looking forward to going back to the Palo Alto to photograph a beautiful coastal North Carolina wedding some day.
This scene below was my very favorite in the house. Doors leading into each other, providing privacy, but also openness that isn’t an oppressive openness, and how the floor boards direct traffic patterns- inviting you into the house, up the stairs, into the most private parts of the life of the house. I loved that. If you can spend time dwelling on the concept of hospitality in design, I think the way the builder laid the floorboards is definitely something to consider.
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