A Fashionable 1930s Wedding

The weekend before last we were fortunate to attend the wedding of our friends Robert and Ashley (of Miss1940sVintage).  They are quite the couple from the past- and totally immerse themselves in their chosen eras of the 1930s and 1940s.  When they announced that their wedding was “Garden Party Circa 1930s” themed, we were not in the least surprised.  Given the lovely and creative dressing of the vintage scene in Los Angeles and San Fransisco (as many of the guests came down for the wedding) , the guests relished in the chance to dress the part to celebrate the union of their friends.

The bride wore vintage, with a borrowed lucky veil which belongs to talented singer and pianist Sara, of Sara & Swingtime.  All of the bridesmaids are clad in gowns created by the talented custom couture dressmaker and Simplicity pattern designer Theresa LaQuey (whom I finally got to meet for the first time at the rehearsal dinner).  The bride and her bridesmaids were picture perfect and the setting at Forest Lawn looked like it was just right out of a real 1930s film!

The Bride looked gorgeous and her flowers were period perfect!  They were made by Sharlene of LA Deco Flora.  The bride’s makeup was done by the talented Katharina of GoForKat (who also did the makeup of several of my photo shoots for Wearing History patterns).

The groom and all his groomsmen looked impeccable in vintage morning suits.  The joy of the groom in this photo, taken just after the ceremony,  makes me happy.

And, of course, all the guests looked fabulous!

The talented up and coming music artist, Mary Simich.  Her outfit was created by her own personal couturier, Mr Tiny of Wacky Tacky.

All the old cars were parked in front of the church for a fabulous photo op.  Here’s my husband’s top hat he wore at our wedding is perched on top of our friend’s Packard.

Of course, when you get old cars together you sometimes get the…. unpredictable.  In this case, we watched some of the groomsmen and guests give a friend a push to get it started.

En route to the reception we had fun following our friend’s car and seeing two of the European visitors getting a kick out of riding in the rumble seat.

The reception was held at our friend, Nathan’s, beautiful Edwardian home.  Here’s some snapshots from the reception.

Guests listening to toasts.

My husband looking very distinguished in the library.

And hamming it up, as usual.

I wore a vintage 1930s dress I had held onto for several years, waiting for just the right occasion to wear it.  This fit the theme perfectly!  I made the hat to match by converting a horsehair hat I bought at the thrift store to a more 1930s style.

Many congratulations to the bride and groom!

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11 thoughts on “A Fashionable 1930s Wedding”

  1. Oh, how lovely! This wedding looks amazing, but I really love all the links you put in, too! That couture website you linked to was just stunning, and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this Simplicity pattern designer before.

    What a gorgeous occasion!

  2. Love it all, of course, but I especially love the photo of the guys hanging out of the rumble seat of the yellow convertible – because that’s right near where I grew up! Used to go through that intersection nearly every day. Ahh, the good old days of ghetto land… ;)

  3. Interesting – the sleeves on the bride’s gown are the same as on a 1936 wool dress depicted and analyzed in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 2. It’s one of my favourite sleeves.

  4. Oh my, everyone and everything looks so fabulous! I wish I could sometimes attend a wedding like this, or even better, have a wedding like this of my own :)

  5. What an amazing wedding. That first photo of the bride and bridesmaids is so period perfect, down to the bouquets, it looks just like some 1930s wedding photos I have. Except in colour! The guests look fabulous, your dress is lovely.

  6. Beautiful, gorgeous photo’s! Love the photo’s of your husband =) Your dress is amazing, some pieces really are worth saving for that one, special occasion. Also love the green shade of the bridesmaids dresses… Might need to keep a look out for fabric in that colour when I go fabric shopping…

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! And it’s so funny. That navy blue dress? I have the very same one from Stop Staring and I love it to death. ?This is wonderful. Congratulations to the happy couple.

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