{Inspiration} Royal Blue and Yellow, 1940s Retro Wedding Shoot

Enjoy a little flashback to our feature last May on Style Me Pretty! Retro Americana was brought back to life in this styled shoot by Wings of Glory, and every little detail is absolutely adorable! Everything about the fashion and decor, coordinated by Vows Wedding and Events, will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into 1940s America.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - van couple

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - couple kiss

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - picnic

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - couple picnic

The props from this shoot were incredible! Coca-cola bottles, mason jars and Volkswagens are only a few of vintage décor used throughout the retro inspired shoot. We loved the use of this World War II era airplane as a backdrop.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - vintage couple


Dogwood Blossom Stationery - bike2

This sweetheart neckline strapless dress from Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos was paired with long white gloves and a birdcage veil for an overall classic look. The delphinium bouquet is wrapped in white and blue gingham ribbon, which inspired our designs.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - Vintage Gown

Dogwood Blossom Stationery custom wedding ceremony program fans

Inside the Danville Bed & Breakfast awaited a dessert table with treats from past centuries. Lollipops, soda pop, bubble gum and marshmallows were some of the sugary staples – topped off with a four tiered white chocolate fountain from RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - choc fountain

We created a panel-style invitation using old-school paragraph-form wording (just like they did before printed invites became accessible to everyday folk).  The invitation used a heavy bright white stock with gingham fabric layers and bright yellow printed accents.  It opened to reveal a custom wedding map and wedding weekend information, including where to stay, area activities, and additional wedding-related events.  The mailing envelope was lined with a navy gingham fabric envelope liner.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - vintage stationery

We continued the use of navy gingham fabric throughout the ceremony and reception papers.  The double-sided fan-style wedding program used the checkered fabric as the mid-layer, with a sunshine yellow grosgrain ribbon tied to the wooden handle. The menus were printed on bright white and layered onto midnight blue and white, with a blue gingham knotted sash, perfect for a picnic-style wedding.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - vintage program

Dogwood Blossom Stationery gingham wedding menu

Dogwood Blossom Stationery - vintage bike

Want to see more from this retro shoot? Go behind-the-scenes with a video by Key Moment Filmshttp://vimeo.com/47143601

Thank you to all of the amazing event professionals who contributed to this shoot:

Venue:  Danville Bed & Breakfast

Photographer:  Wings of Glory

Videographer:  Key Moment Films

Planner: Vows Weddings & Events

Chocolate Fountain:  RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals

Cake:  Wendy Woo Cakes

Dress:  Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos

Make Up Artist:  Marigold Scott

Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery