|Cindy and Jim, both of Minnesota Officiants (minnesotaofficiants.com) standing at the back door, dreaming and scheming of weddings in this gorgeous venue.|
Yesterday, I had the most perfect afternoon. Jim Albani, whom you met in the last post, treated my friend Cindy and me to High Tea, at the Cedarhurst Mansion (cedarhurstmansion.com). It's south of St. Paul, in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. This Greek Revival style mansion was built in the late 1800's, as a country house for a wealthy family, whose guest list included four U.S. Presidents. The mansion is still as grand as ever it was, but the atmosphere wasn't stuffy at all.
|This is referred to as the library, even though it only has a few small built in bookcases. I'd be callin' it the ballroom, if it was my house, though knowing me, it would be overtaken in no time with ever larger art projects!|
|One of the tea rooms. The china displayed throughout the rooms can be purchased.|
|This parlor was just past our table. I could have easily curled up on the sofa for a nap after tea, but Cindy was itching to get a peek at the barn. Yeah, I think it's an obsession with her. She's never seen a barn she didn't like.|
|The current owners tackled painting the columns themselves, copying one their designer sampled for them.|
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