Retro 1950’s Wedding with Comic Book Graphics: Katie + Mark

Vintage bride and groom at LACMA

Katie + Mark’s wedding is so super fun! Their reception was held at a pretty unique spot – the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. I just love the mix of classic cars, comic book graphic details + diner food (yep, milkshakes, burgers + grilled cheese!) Katie has an amazing sense of style and pulled together so many great details for their day. To complete all the details, they had lots of late night arts + craft get togethers with their family + friends. I’m in love with the cute illustrations Mark drew for their invitations + programs – wait until you see them!  One of my other favorite details is their Perez (their last name) Pez dispense escort cards – how fun! Their wedding is a true reflection of them – fun, clever, gorgeous + artistic. Thanks so much to Heather Kincaid for the photos and congrats to Katie + Mark!

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brooch bouquet and heart shoes

superhero wedding rings

superhero wedding invitations

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vintage bride with long gloves and bridesmaids

billy button boutonniere

groom with glasses

From Mark: As I was standing at the altar waiting for Katie to enter, the doors to St. Dominic’s opened, the sunshine burst through, and I distinctly remember Katie’s silhouette walking down the aisle like an angel stepping through the light. I also made sure to take a step back during the ceremony and the reception, and just take in the sight of all our family and friends that came to celebrate with us. Just to see everyone we knew and loved gathered together for us on our wedding day was amazing.

From Katie: The whole day was great! So many wonderful memories, and moments that I will never forget, but the day can just fly on by, and after it’s all over seem like a big blur. I remember my dad’s advice prior to the wedding, “Just make sure to pause and capture a single moment, because that will be what you remember throughout life”. That “moment” for me was after the ceremony, when Mark and I got into my uncle’s Studebaker, and we were whisked off to the reception. The drive to the Petersen Automotive Museum was about 35 minutes. During those 35 minutes, I got to be alone with my husband, and laugh, and smile, and talk about the ceremony, and gasp that we were finally husband and wife! There were so many wonderful things that happened during the day, but that is the one “moment” I think of first when I look back on it all.

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vintage styled veil on bride

wedding party gray yellow

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Processional: Trumpet Voluntary (for wedding party) + Bridal Chorus (for bride)

Recessional: Wedding March – Mendelsohn

First Dance: Lost Without You – Robin Thicke / Reception Entrance Song: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

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pez dispensers at wedding

records as place cards menu wedding

wedding dinner table for two

wedding illustration as guest book

johnny rockets for wedding food

superhero wedding cake

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Be sure to check out their sweet same day edit by Threaded Films!

Be original! Use a theme or style your wedding so that it is personal to you. Spending tons of money isn’t the only way to make your wedding stand out. There’s nothing wrong with a cookie-cutter wedding, but when you infuse personal touches, you let your guests know a little bit more about who you are as a couple. And in doing so, you’ve created a day that not only stands out as unique and special, but it will be something that you’ll both be proud of. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and at times a little overwhelming. For Mark and I, whenever we felt that way, we looked at our handmade invitations, and smiled. They reminded us that all the hard-work put into the wedding was 100% worth it!

It helps to have a list of questions ready when visiting vendors. That way you don’t forget. And it’s okay to ask a lot of questions, it’s your money, your time, and most importantly, it’s your special day. Besides, asking questions can sometimes help you save money. We did and came in under our original budget =)

Congrats to Katie + Mark!

photography: Heather Kincaid Photographer // church: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Eagle Rock, California // reception: Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California // event rentals: Dress My Party // event planner: Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle & Bustle // floral design: Commerce Flowers // wedding dress: Birnbaum & Bullock from The Ivory Suite in South Pasadena // Veils: Justine M Couture // bride brooch bouquet: Lionsgate Designs // shoes: Nina Shoes of New York // bridesmaid dresses: JCrew // hair: Eleanor Jean Boutique // makeup: Cristina Ramirez Underwood // groom suit: Friar Tux Rentals // groom shoes: Custom Chuck Taylor’s // cinematography: Threaded Films // photobooth: Lucky Photo Booth // invitations: character illustrations designed by Mark Perez (Groom) and graphics + layout: Laurie Schiada (Katie’s Aunt) // cake + cupcake toppers and table signs: kute kardz // guest sign-in print: commissioned print by artist Christopher Lee // catering: Johnny Rockets at the Petersen // cake and cupcakes: Porto’s

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  1. are you kidding me!?! this is AMAZING! i absolutely LOVE the pic of the bride against the yellow wall and the one with her and her bridesmaids against it as well! i could look at these pics all day! congrats!

  2. Amazing detail shots! And the yellow wall for portraits – AMAZING!

  3. Love the richness and color of this wedding and thank you GWS for bucking the trend on wedding blogs of featuring overexposed images with blown out highlights and faded backgrounds!


  4. Oh my gosh, I love this! So fun!

  5. Love this wedding!! Great Photography and so much fun!!

  6. this couple looks like they are SO MUCH FUN. Heather did such an amazing job!! that yellow wall. just kills me. too good.


  8. WOW! I looooooove ur Wedding! Absolutely amazing!
    Greetz from Germany and a happy life together :-)

  9. This wedding looks amazing! How much fun would that have been!!!!

  10. I REALLY needed to see this. Thanks to “Aunt” Laurie for the heads’ up. Reminded me to grab the joy! Congrats Mark & Katie this was BEAUTIFUL!

  11. I fall in love all over again after seeing these shots! Every person left this wedding exhausted and filled with joy and happiness! Mark’s memorable moment made me tear up. Congrats again to everyone! xo

  12. They look like they are having sooo much fun and they look like the perfect couple. Beautiful images and great details.

  13. Katie and Mark– I stalk a lot of wedding blogs, and this has to be one of my favorites ever. Good work and more importantly, congratulations!

  14. What a fun wedding, and you captured it so well.

  15. This looks great. it was a fun day.

    Here is a link to Laurie Schiada, (Katie’s Aunt) website,

  16. The comics idea is cool! I love how the invitations were designed. Great wedding details as well. Cheers to this awesome couple!

  17. Wow… that is totally an amazing wedding. Everything about it was fun and beautifully documented. The photography is so vibrant and true to the theme of the wedding. What a gorgeous couple!

  18. I live a block away from LACMA and have always thought the lamp post installation would make a great spot for wedding photos – so fun to see some! And I’m loving how personal and quirky this couple made their wedding.

  19. Gorgeous, absolutely love these images!

  20. Love love love this theme! So very cute!

  21. I second Chandra, the lamp posts at LACMA are such a prime spot for great photos! Overall this wedding looked awesome.

  22. Love this!

    Just highlighted this beautiful and creative wedding as our special edition feature of the day! on Facebook!

  23. Such a cool wedding, my first time to your blog, its great!

  24. How Romantic!!! Just loving the theme of Comic book… And the bride is looking very simple and cute…


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