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Harry & Bess Truman – 1919

The National Archives posted the wedding photo of Harry and Bess Truman on their Facebook page earlier today in honor of their upcoming 95th anniversary (and of course, #TBT. Really now, who can do that better than NARA?). Be sure to check out the link after the jump to the Truman Presidential Library & Museum’s digitized collection of their love letters.

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A Bride and Flower Girls – 1939

Today’s photo is of a bride with her flower girls dated April 11, 1939. I think the girl on the left is probably old enough to pass as a junior bridesmaid. I was one at at age 11 (those photos possibly coming someday…maybe).

A Bride and Her Young Attendants - April 11, 1939 {TheySaidIDo.com}

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Lyle & Charlotte – 1986

Lyle and Charlotte were married 28 years ago today. Here they with some members of their wedding party on June 21st, 1986!

Lyle & Charlotte June 21, 1986 {TheySaidIDo.com}

I’m pretty excited to have my first 80s photo for the blog…rock those puff sleeves and white nylons ladies! Notice that the junior bridesmaid and groomsman both have their eyes closed in this shot.

 

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Mr. & Mrs. John Romoe – 1934

A little bit in love with the frame that’s been penciled in around this wedding photo dated 1934.

Mr. and Mrs. John Romoe - 1934 {TheySaidIDo.com}

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1950s Chicagoland Wedding

This photograph of an unknown couple waving farewell outside a Chicago area Lutheran chuch is only imprinted on the back with the photographer’s information. It was taken by Henry Jankowski, owner of Jan’s Photo Service located at 4645 South Keeler Avenue, Chicago.

1950s Chicagoland Wedding by Henry Jankowski {TheySaidIDo.com}

The plaque on the church reads The Church of the Lutheran Hour.

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Mr. Jankowski passed away in 1986. A later location of his business (5712 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago) is still a photography studio today, although operating under a different name.


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1962 Reception

I love the pillbox hat with veil, the fiesta-like crepe banner and the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets used as table decor at this April 23rd, 1962 wedding reception.

Wedding Reception - April 23, 1962 {TheySaidIDo.com}

The bride and groom cut the cake - April 23, 1962 {TheySaidIDo.com}

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Byron & Inez – 1951

Here is the second post in my Lansing, Michigan sisters series:

The wedding of Byron and Inez from 1951.

The bride, Inez. Notice the striking resemblance between her and her sister! Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

The bride, Inez. Notice the striking resemblance between her and her sister!

The bridesmaids look on as the bride shows off her garter Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

The bridesmaids look on as she shows off her garter. Sister and matron of honor, June, is standing over her right shoulder. Psst…also notice the flower girl digging for gold!

Byron, June and their entire wedding party. Sister June is the matron of honor.  Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

Byron, June and their entire wedding party. Sister June is the matron of honor.

 

The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer - Aren't they adorable?  Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

Aren’t they adorable?

Inez and Byron share a toast.  Lansing, MI 1951 {TheySaidIDo.com}

Inez and Byron share a toast.

See all the photos of sister June’s 1947 wedding here.

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V&A Wedding Dresses Exhibition 1775-2014

An exhibition of wedding dresses ranging from 1775 to the present day is going to be on at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England May 3rd, 2014 – March 15, 2015.

Look at this dress with gorgeous bell sleeves from the 1930s! It was designed by Norman Hartnell who was later royal dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth.

Silk satin wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933, given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

And here it is on the bride herself:

Embroidered silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, 1933 © Illustrated London News Ltd–Mary Evans

You can read all about her first marriage, divorce, remarriage and even more infamous divorce here.

Also be sure to check out the V&A’s Here Come the Brides blog (I’ll be adding it to the blogroll). Especially this article about the restoration of a 1960s headdress.

Of course the museum is hosting a range of events to go along with the exhibit and some start as soon as next week! Do you think I can get my teleportation device working that quickly? No? Well, maybe sometime before it ends in May of next year. Certainly, if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, be sure to stop in (and let me know all about it!). More information on tickets and events is available here.

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Jack & June – 1947

This is the first in a series of photos from the weddings of two sisters. They look so much alike that first I thought they might be twins, but were actually born a year apart. The younger sister, June, and her husband, Jack, were married in May of 1947 in Lansing, Michigan.  She’s wearing a tailored bridal suit so common to brides of the 1940s. Obviously this was a trend necessitated by the scarcity and expense of material for wedding gowns during (and in this case just post) WWII, but I quite like to see these smart and sophisticated looking brides.

Jack and June cut the cake.  The reverse is imprinted: Linprints - Linn Camera Shop, Lansing May 19, 1947

Jack and June cut the cake.
The reverse is imprinted: Linprints – Linn Camera Shop, Lansing
May 19, 1947

The reverse is imprinted: Linprints - Linn Camera Shop, Lansing May 19, 1947

The reverse is imprinted: Linprints – Linn Camera Shop, Lansing
May 19, 1947

Sister Inez is pictured on the right. Presumably the Maid of Honor. The reverse is imprinted: Linprints - Linn Camera Shop, Lansing May 19, 1947

June’s sister Inez, presumably the maid of honor, is pictured on the right.
The reverse is imprinted: Linprints – Linn Camera Shop, Lansing
May 19, 1947

Jack and June survey wedding presents from their guests. The reverse is imprinted: Linprints - Linn Camera Shop, Lansing May 19, 1947

Jack and June survey wedding presents from their guests.
The reverse is imprinted: Linprints – Linn Camera Shop, Lansing
May 19, 1947

 

Sister Inez’s wedding from the 1950s will be coming soon!

 

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Wartime Valentine – Toronto Star

My husband and I spent Valentine’s weekend in Toronto. During our stay at the Royal York we were given the option of receiving complimentary editions of either the local paper, The Toronto Star, or the national paper, The Globe and Mail, delivered to our room each morning. We opted for The Star and this turned out to be a very good choice as Friday morning I was happily surprised by this article:

Wartime Valentine: Three “Happily Ever After” stories from a 1940s wedding photographer’s album

It featured Toronto wedding photographer J. Taylor Maclagan’s recently discovered studio portfolio album from the 1940s. As the article notes, beginning in the 1930s,  Maclagan was one of the first Toronto photographers to offer more than just posed wedding portraits but the whole “camera story of the day” (And of course I love a photo journalistic approach to weddings!). Maclagan received many of his referrals from Eaton’s Bridal Salon, which was the largest department store in Toronto at that time (now defunct, downtown Toronto’s Eaton Centre shopping mall still bears its name).

In a story all too familiar to TheySaidIDo.com, the photos in the album are largely unidentified. The Toronto Star was able to identify several couples as their photos were also printed in the paper’s society pages at the time. Stories of three couples pictured in the album were featured. Only one bride was still alive at the age of 91. Family members of others helped fill in the details of the couples lives together after they said “I do.”

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

J. Taylor Maclagan Album (photo credit: RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

More photos are available in a slideshow on the Toronto Star site. If you think you may be able to help identify them, contact the reporter Katie Daubs.