Come Fly With Us: Wedding Inspiration from Pan Am

pan am wedding inspiration

I just loved the wedding I shared this morning at the vintage airplane hangar and thought this fun wedding inspiration from PAN AM fit perfectly for today. It’ all about planes + traveling today! Frances of Charmed Events Group is totally in love with the ABC show PAN AM and thought it would be great inspiration for a wedding. In coming up with the design of this shoot, two things were really important to her for the design process:  it had to be an accurate depiction of the glory and era of PAN AM and it had to be a modern interpretation of PAN AM and not a vintage take on this period in time. They spent hours + hours researching and discovering the true history of PAN AM and if there was something that they liked, they made sure to keep it true to it’s original value as well as put a modern twist to it. Of course, there are many other details that they created to also put a modern stamp on this classic era. They used a color palette of sky blue, navy blue + yellow and some design motifs of stripes and hot air balloon to help bring out the feeling of a modern PAN AM.

They were also super fortunate to have done the shoot at the Oakland Aviation Museum where they have a plethora of vintage planes from every era, including one of the only two actual PAN AM planes that remain today! Not only where they able to shoot the plane, they were able to shoot inside the plane (as seen above) which was pretty special. Thanks so much to Frances and her talented team for sharing these ideas with us today!

come fly with us invites

airplane wedding invitations

airplane wedding invitations

groom with airplanes

pink and white bouquet


Ceremony
There was a fabulous vintage plane that we staged the ceremony and reception table in front of. We called it our “Amelia Earhart” plane of the day. For the Ceremony, we put down a striped yellow runner lined with yellow billy buttons and had a gorgeous display of flowers in the front. The focal point of the ceremony really was the vintage plane behind center front.

wedding ceremony airplane hanger

wedding ceremony airplane hanger

bride with groom pan am

pan am wedding


Welcome area
We wanted the welcome and escort area to be a fun and interactive station for guests. We built a wall mural with the signature hot air balloon PAN AM logo splashed across the wall that was actually used as the dividers for the plane between the different classes on board.  To make things fun, we asked guests to “record their love notes” for the couple instead of writing them down.  We also built a magazine rack that held the programs of the day so that the entire area would seem like a sitting area/lounge at the airport.  To help guests find their seats, we did a creative take using inspirations of PAN AM. For the gentlemen, they found their seats on the corresponding hankie with their name on it and for the ladies, we hand-made PAN AM hats that also had their name on it that they could keep and wear throughout the day if they so wished to do!  All of these items were also accented by the hot air balloon motif that indicated which table they were to be seated at, which were named after major airport codes.

pan am wedding

hankies for the guys

pan am wedding

wedding favors music


Reception
For the table design, we really wanted to have some fun with it and thought how great it would be for each place setting to be reminiscent of a first class dining tray, so that’s exactly what we did! Each guest has their own first class tray with a welcome lemon custard tart, their very own floral arrangement and a name card that is imprinted on plastic. We made custom menus that were similar to the actual style of an original PAN AM menu and also had vintage flying pins accented on the napkins.

wedding reception airplane hanger

wedding reception airplane hanger

pan am wedding table

pan am wedding table


Dessert Bar
For the Dessert Bar, we had a custom “Come Fly With us” Cake surrounded by lemon custard mini tarts and lemon and white cake pops.  We also had martinis with custom PAN AM stir sticks with an indicator on the bottom of each glass stem that described how that particular Martini was prepared.

come fly with us cake

come fly with us cake

wedding airplane hanger


After the wedding the couple jet set off for their honeymoon!

wedding airplane hanger


And you won’t want to miss this fun video from the day by  Viet Mac of (B.Lo.The.C.)!

Thanks so much to all these talented wedding artists who helped create this gorgeous inspiration for us today!

event design and planning: Charmed Events Group // photography: Vivian Sachs Photography // floral design: Nicole Ha Designs // paper goods: Post Etiquette // hair and make-up: Joli de Jackie // bride and bridesmaid dress: Bella Bridesmaid, Los Gatos // wardrobe stylist: Adrea Cabrera // cake:  Jens Cakes // mini desserts: Creative Cake Bites // rentals:  Hartmann Studios // videography:  Viet Mac of (B.Lo.The.C.) // venue: Oakland Aviation Museum

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A Patriotic Airplane Hangar Wedding: Janice + Tom

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When Janice + Tom talked about their wedding they both decided they really wanted it to be a reflection of them and their interests. After a long discussion, Tom jokingly mentioned his only wish for their wedding was that there was a giant American flag. :) Well, Janice loved it and the whole thing exploded from there. Since Tom is going to school for aviation mechanics and they both love all things vintage, they knew as soon as they visited the Planes of Fame Museum (with vintage planes and an old airplane hangar) that it was the perfect location! I love the patriotic feel to their whole day and Janice’s red shoes! Thanks so much to Brady Puryear for sending this one my way and congrats to Janice + Tom!A

red shoes

bride getting ready

bride and groom

How cute are they?!!

bride and groom

red bow heels

LOVING her red lips and red nails! So perfect.

birdcage veil

bridesmaids in navy blue

airplane hangar wedding

Favorite Memory of the day? I would have to say that my favorite memory was the actual ceremony itself. Our pastor did a wonderful job at telling our story as well as emphasizing the importance of both the decision we were making and our need for Christ in our union.

airplane hangar wedding

airplane hangar wedding

airplane hangar wedding

airplane hangar wedding

giant red and blue balloons

giant red and blue balloons

airplane hangar wedding

airplane hangar wedding

airplane hangar wedding

red white and blue dinner menu

The jam jar favors were made by the couple and their family + friends helped with the flowers. Janice’s talented sister designed all the signs, invites + stickers on jars while their aunt made the cake. Super talented family here! :)

white centerpieces

red and white flowers

airplane hangar reception

airplane hangar reception, coke bottles

airplane hangar reception

wedding cake bar

airplane hangar reception

airplane hangar reception

Totally love Janice’s vintage dress she changed into for the reception!

lace sleeved dress detail

airplane hangar reception

Any advice for brides planning now?

Something Tom really wanted was that all our guests had a good time at our wedding. Very often guests are left to wait a long time with nothing to do. So we made sure our guests had games to play while waiting, as well as docents to lead tours of the museum while we were out taking pictures and what not. So I guess what I’m saying is, make sure you do not forget about your guests. I feel it can be so easy to do when getting caught up in the other millions of things that are involved in planning a wedding. :)

wedding artists:
photographer: Brady Puryear // venue: Planes of Fame Museum at Chino Hills Airport in Chino, CA // hair + makeup: Eileen Garcia // necklace: Kate Spade // ceremony dress: Vera Wang // shoes: Vivienne Westwood // veil and jacket: Forever 21 // reception dress: vintage // grooms suit: Indochino // grooms tie: DKNY // grooms shoes: Clarks Desert Boots

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Deposit a Gift Registry

Once you have the perfect venue, photographer and dress selected, it’s time to start thinking of your registry. I know some people think asking your guests for gifts is rude, but your guests WANT to buy you something to start your new life together, and registering makes things simpler so they don’t have to guess. From the numerous experiences of being a guest at a wedding, I’d much rather get the couple something they really want instead of something for their home that they don’t really need or want. That is why I love the concept over at Deposit a Gift. With Deposit a Gift you can register for cash towards a down payment on your first home, funds for your dream honeymoon (this is what the hubby + I did and it worked so great!), or if you don’t really need anything, how about a donation to your favorite charity? Instead of buying actual gifts, your loved ones deposit cash into a personal registry account that you can use towards anything your imagination can conjure. I know I would love to help my friends + family members who are getting married this year with a down payment on a new home or a trip of their dreams to make amazing memories together…right?!

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Deposit a Gift is the perfect solution for everyone. Friends + family are happy because they’ve helped buy you something you want – something you’ll always remember them by, something that suits you. You’re happy because you have the flexibility to use the money towards anything you want when the time is right. They are also the only site that includes a free wedding website, and room to list your other registries, for a true one-stop-shop. I totally recommend checking out their Deposit a Gift Testimonials for registry inspiration and their FAQ page which answers any specific questions you might have – happy registering!

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