When I am grown up, I want to have a wedding in warm weather. I think June would be a perfect month. There would be many flowers to pick and I would not have to wear my heavy petticoats. Maybe I could even decorate the horses with flowers. I wonder if they would eat the flowers. Mother told me that we are going to a wedding tomorrow. It will be at the house down the road so it will not be far to go. She said that weddings are usually in November, December, January or February because people are too busy in the planting time of the year or in the harvest time of the year. I still want to have my wedding in June. Maybe if I ask Father. Thanksgiving is a good time because relatives are usually together.
I remember when Sarah, who is getting married tomorrow, told everyone about the wedding, her intended gave her a gold band to wear. It was very small. After the wedding, it will be her wedding band too. Her groom, William, has saved some money and bought some property nearby and Sarah has a whole trunk of household linens. I heard Mother tell the women in the kitchen that Sarah’s father had made them a nice rocking chair. Sarah’s dress is a dove colored silk. It is very pretty and she can wear it many times after the wedding for special occasions. Her sister embroidered a white wedding cap for her. It is beautiful. I have to practice my stitches before I can stitch a bonnet as fine as that one…..I know Sarah will put it away and not wear it again after the wedding.
We will have beef or venison and some pork to eat. I know there will be a cake that is a thick spice cake with alcohol and dried fruit and nuts. My favorite part is the icing on the cake. I am going to take a very small piece to put under my pillow after the wedding. The older girls tell me I will have a dream about my future husband. I hope I dream about someone that I like. Josh and Brent thought that was a very foolish idea. They also told me that brides wear all white at the weddings they have attended. I have never seen a bride all dressed in white. I don’t think I will take them with me tomorrow. They might cause me to giggle when they make funny faces.
Recipe for icing on a wedding cake:*
Take the whites of twelve eggs, and a pound of double refined sugar pounded and sifted through a fine sieve, mix them together in a deep earthen pan and beat it well for three hours with a strong wooden spoon till it looks white and thick, with a thin paste knife spread it all over the top and sides of your cake and ornament it with sweet nonpareils, or fruit paste or sugar images and put it in a cool oven to harden for one hour or set it at the distance from the fire, and keep turning it till it is hard. You may perfume the icing with any sort of perfume you please
The New Art of Cookery According to the Present Practice, Richard Briggs 1792
Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America