A 1940’s Inspired Wedding: Mary + Mel

Mary + Mel decided to finally have the “wedding” that they never had. They have officially been married for four years, but Mary had always dreamed of having her dream wedding with all her friends + family there. The first time was just with a justice and immediate family to witness. From Mary, “It’s true, girls will always dream of having their dream wedding and that’s what I wanted to have. But most importantly we wanted to have a celebration of our love with the closest family and friends that have supported us through the years.” I love that they decided to have their dream wedding – even if it was four years later! Thanks so much to Marianne Wilson Photography for the lovely photos!

babys breath bouquet

white bootie heels

birdcage veil

I choose the 40’s as my inspiration because I just love the fashion and lifestyle and I appreciate that era of our history. Anyway, I’ve seen plenty of vintage themed weddings. But I wanted to take it to the next step and try to get an authentic look as much as possible with every aspect of the wedding with having it DIY as much as possible.

During my planning I wanted my wedding planning to be consistent. I had a criteria that had to fit with final decisions on things; 1. Does it fit with the theme? 2. Does it convey a fun celebration? 3. Does it add an intimate and personal touch? So with that said I put a lot of thought through and through to make sure that every detail fit that criteria. From the venue, paper goods, the fashion, and LITERALLY everything else in between.

bridal feather hair piece

black bridesmaid dresses

bunting wedding invite, wedding flag

bunting weding invite

popcorn machine

california building

here comes the bride sign

bride walking down isle

What was your favorite memory of the day? I have a lot of favorites from my wedding! Dancing down the aisle to Nat King Cole L-O-V-E with my parents. My cousin Ray was our officiant for the wedding. I just loved the venue The Villa Del Sol being a historic building. And my dessert bookshelf and the I Love Lucie’s ice cream cart were both so fun.

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bridal party in black

bridal party fun

bride and groom

bride and groom

babys breath boutonniere

bunting escort cards

outdoor reception

just renewed wedding sign

sweet love bunting, dessert bar

sweet lucies ice cream

mr. and mrs. chair signs

I got plenty of inspiration from the blogs, but of course I had to add my personal touch to it and make it mine and of course I wanted a DIY to make it an even more personal wedding. I had help from my family and friends. My cousin Christine who was also one of my bridesmaids does design; I would bring her my inspiration or idea and she brought them to life. All the paper goods were created by us, and printed at home. My mother in law re-created the flower girls dresses to add a Shirley Temple look and was also the in-house seamstress. My dad helped with restoring some of the furniture, as well as Mel’s cousin. I had some homemade desserts made by my Maid of Honor and my cousin Cathy. Lastly my maids helped me with all assembling of the paper goods, the making of the centerpieces /bouquets and any final touches that needed to be done.

My planning experience was fun. I went to yard sales, estate sales, flea markes, craigslist, and thrift shops to find pieces that would fit into my wedding. Without my family and friends there helping me I really wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I had for my wedding day. Having a hand crafted wedding was hard work, but as the cliché goes… it was all worth it. We wanted our renewal to be memorable for us as well as our guests and I think we accomplished that.

photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography // caterer: Cafe Hidalgo // venue: The Villa Del Sol in Fullerton, California // wedding dress: Galina Signature // DJ: Double Jay Entertainment // hairpiece: Mignonne Handmade

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  1. Wow! Such a fabulous wedding. The bride did such a great job with her 40’s inspiration!

  2. Looks like it was a blast of a wedding. Great use of the vintage theme a midst a modern take.

  3. So cute! That’s a wedding you’d want to be a guest at. Looks like a blast!

  4. Gorgeous bride, beautiful wedding! love to see her wearing our Margeaux starlet hat :)

  5. Ashley Mendibles (m.o.h) on:

    It was an amazing evening. We loved it all. Thanks for having me be apart of this special day. All your had work payed off. I love you girl.

  6. I can’t believe they did all their own printing! Everything looks amazing! And that venue is incredible!

  7. We had SUCH an amazing time shooting this wedding. Thank you Mary and Mel for being so awesome :)

  8. I love the brides bouquet, it’s so lovely and simple, just gorgeous.

  9. What a wedding! Looks like it was one hell of a party! Love a bride who holds tight to what matters, and loving the parents rocking out on their way down the aisle. That’s Love for you!

  10. Gorgeous! And the little flower girls are absolutely adorable!

  11. Wow! I love the program, what a cute idea! You can tell she put so much love into the celebration. Congrats!

  12. oh my goodness! how fun is that love! love the paper goods!

  13. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!

    Jennifer Wood: I actually won the Margeaux Hat on a contest here on GWS.

  14. I just loved working with Mary & Mel handling all the catering and setting up the courtyard for this amazing creative 1940’s inspired wedding! My favorite part was of the wedding was all the guest particating in joining the bride & groom wearing 1940’s theme clothing along with the music while Mary walked down the isle….you felt so part that era! Mary & Mel thought of everything when deciding on this theme and it very visible in all those photos posted! Great job!

  15. I really love the old style look, it brings a new look and style

  16. Love the bride’s style – she had some chic accessories! Beautiful wedding and photography.

  17. Gorgeous! I love the baby’s breath bouquets and the bunting.

  18. Everything is drop dead gorgeous! I love all of the portraits of the bride and everything she wore.

  19. holy crap… this was put together incredibly well. perfecto photography to capture everything!

  20. The Villa Del Sol is such a beautiful building. This will definitely help inspire the brides from our wedding registry to at have their wedding in historic buildings.

  21. Love this wedding! The wedding party looks like a great group and fun to photograph. Great style!

  22. Where did you get your Bridesmaids dresses? I am planning a 40’s wedding and am have been looking for something just like that!

  23. Love this wedding! The wedding party looks like a great group and fun to photograph

  24. wow! wondrously done, looks like everyone had a great time

    I desperately would like to get my hands on shoes like those! I LOVE them. any hints where I might be able to find any?!

  25. This wedding has truly inspired me. I absolutely love the program idea and if you don’t mind I will be using this, adding my own touch of course. Wishing you all much love and happiness!!!!

  26. Gorgeous wedding, i love the style!

  27. Marymel, it was an honor to do hair for your special day. You are a beauty junky and a beautiful person.:)

    For inquiries on making hair appt for bridal parties please email: beautyjunkysupply@gmail.com

  28. I love this! We are planning a 40s theme as well, and I love your dress…where did you get it? I’d love something similar :)


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