My grandmother Edna and grandfather Dan on their wedding day in 1938. I love Edna's dramatic lace gown, and my PawPaw's awesome Gatsby-esque white pants.
I am not really a "wedding person." I was never a girl who dreamed of a fairytale wedding, and weddings often seem to me like a whole lot of money and time (and stress) that could be better spent on other things. However, I have been to a couple really lovely, fun, celebratory weddings. And I do love these wedding photos from my family collection. If all these folk hadn't tied the knot, I likely wouldn't be here!
Classic Gibson Girl. My great grandparents (Edna's parents) Mary and William Wahmhoff on their 1896 wedding day.
I don't know whose wedding this 1920s gathering is (that's my grandfather and his amazing hair on the far left). I adore these tea length gowns with their wispy layers of tulle, the big romantic bouquets, and the hats on the bridesmaids.
Circa 1930s. My grandmother Edna is second from the left. This is the wedding of Edna's brother Harry to Madge (center of photo). Again, loving the men in white pants. I have the sense from this photo that this wedding was a really great party. The groom especially looks like he's having a swell time!
My great uncle Charlie and great aunt Bernice on their wedding day in 1950. I love how genuinely happy they both look. Tante looks beautiful, and Uncle Charlie's smile says it all.
My parents' 1967 wedding. They were married at the Basilica of Saint Louis (a.k.a. the Old Cathedral) beneath the Gateway Arch.
My mom's parents were dead by this time, and she had very little money to spend on a wedding. My paternal grandparents paid for the reception, and my mother made her own veil and the headpieces for her bridesmaids. Despite the lack of money, my mother looks beautiful and the bridal party has a simple elegance. Love the daisy bouquets!
Here they are, flanked by my dad's parents Dan and Edna, 29 years after their own wedding, and my mom's aunt Bernice and uncle Charlie, 17 years after theirs. Mom's little cousin Peggy is the flower girl. I have many thoughts when I look at this photo. Like, I need to start wearing gloves. And also, I would like have Peggy's, Edna's, and my dad's eyeglass frames. But mostly, how cute my my mom looks here!