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My Art Deco Wedding

9 July 2008

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I have weddings on the brain. Working on marriage contracts (Ketubah) as well as various Art Deco inspired wedding invitations invokes visions of my own 1930s style wedding.

Executing my own Art Deco style invitations by hand influenced by a perfume bottle ca. 1925, I sought to create a unique invitation based on an Art Deco aesthetic.

Held at the Albuquerque Press Club, a rambling log mansion built in the 1880s by the architect of the Santa Fe Railroad, it stands in the middle of the city on a hill, minutes from downtown Albuquerque and my childhood home. An urban architectural gem, hidden from the freeway and old Route 66 by centuries old elm trees, it now serves as the local watering-hole for members of the press.

Both my dress and my shoes were ca. 1930. A simple sheath with a goddess neckline and a long lace panelled train, my gown took little in the way of preparation.

My betrothed wore a tuxedo from a Fifth Avenue tailor dated 1925. With tails, a separate collar for a shirt that buttoned down the back, two sets of cuff-links as well as two-part vest and high waisted silk-stripe pants, his ensemble was terribly complicated and took two people to dress him. He told me he felt like a monkey on show, and I told him to just deal, he would never have to do this again. After all, we were creating a scene, a mood, a time of old romance and sophistication.

With over 300 people, total chaos ensued. With rooms off of rooms off of rooms and stairways that led nowhere, hidden patios and terraces, the Press Club that night had the quality of a debaucherous wild Old West saloon with people dancing, singing and creating a night of revelry not to soon be forgotten.

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  1. July 9, 2008

    What a couple you both made..Beautiful..Glamorous/classy/chic is all I can say.. I am so impressed.

  2. July 9, 2008

    Wow, I love this entry. You looked truly beautiful.I’ve been thinking about having an art deco/1920s type wedding too.. (when it happens) …

  3. July 9, 2008

    What a perfect wedding! I loved the story & invitation too. Whenever you mention your ketubah creations, I think about the night that I made mine… by hand, collage style, on the night of hubby’s bachelor party. There was something so meditative about the whole ritual.

  4. July 9, 2008

    GorgeousDress, tux, invite and couple

  5. July 10, 2008

    wow! Looks like a gorgeous wedding! you are a beautiful bride πŸ™‚

  6. July 10, 2008

    So Perfect! You look gorgeous! (I wish I could have a debaucheropus 1930’s style flower to tuck behind your ear..maybe for your do-over?–I have do-over weddings on the brain)

  7. July 10, 2008

    What a wonderful memory. You both look so gorgeous, too! It sounds and looks like a fairy tale. If I ever tie the knot in a formal way with Mr. Crafty you will most certainly be asked to make up one of those beautiful invitations.

  8. July 10, 2008

    Congratulations! So that’s what you were waiting for! You look GREAT!

  9. July 10, 2008

    You both look beautiful ; )Sounds wonderful, my husband refused the tails, I wanted him to look like Fred Astaire but he was having none of it!

  10. blazedanielle #
    July 10, 2008

    Aww!! So pretty! πŸ™‚ I love the invitatiosn and the dress too!!

  11. July 10, 2008

    Lovely picture! Sounds like such a fun wedding!

  12. July 10, 2008

    thanks for visiting my blog! lovely lovely dress. πŸ™‚

  13. July 10, 2008

    Oh my…so talented you are and stunning too….some girls have all the luck. Your wedding sounds dreamy.

  14. July 10, 2008

    Are you kidding me? How lovely! What the storybook ever little girl dreams of. You are making me remember my wedding… maybe I should do a post about it? My dress was very simple, too! Oh, weddings are fun.

  15. July 10, 2008

    omg, omg, omg! I don’t even know where to start with this post! I am flummoxed by it all: the excitement of seeing your beauty in a photo on your special day, the description of what you both wore (down to the details), the gorgeous invitation…I almost feel like I was there! What a lovely, lovely wedding you had. I am smiling as I write this thinking about how it must have been.

  16. July 11, 2008

    what a wonderful, charming wedding it must have been. Your happiness with it comes through!

  17. July 12, 2008

    I would expect no less from your wedding! You both look amazing, and I love the invitation.

  18. July 12, 2008

    What an absolutely stunning photo! It must have been marvelous–much happiness to you both.I wore a 1900s long skirt and duster to my wedding. Love those vintage gowns!

  19. July 14, 2008

    You are the epitome of glamour.What a stunning invite!Your dress, would love to know the story?Gorgeous fabric! Thanks for sharing!

  20. July 14, 2008

    Congratulations!Your dress look amazing!! and a handsome groom…Love, Betsy.

  21. July 15, 2008

    Sounds like a beautiful and fantastic time!

  22. July 15, 2008

    You two are such a goreous couple – I don’t suppose hubby has a free brother? πŸ˜‰

  23. July 15, 2008

    Congratulations!!!! It sounds like an absolutely stunning occasion πŸ™‚

  24. July 16, 2008

    How fantastic, glamorous and gorgeous. I love the theme and creativity behind it all. Just elegant.

  25. July 18, 2008

    HOW BEAUTIFUL. πŸ™‚

  26. July 18, 2008

    whoa! very beautiful dress and theme

  27. July 22, 2008

    This is probably the most unromantic word to describe your wedding — but….how very cohesive! I adore it. :]

  28. July 22, 2008

    Oh, stunning ! Very much a romantic feel. When I was little I had a nightgown I had taken from my grandmother’s house that I played dress up in. I believe it probably belonged to my grandmother’s aunt. The bodice very much resembled your beautiful gown. I wish I had that nightgown now !

  29. July 23, 2008

    you both look gorgeous and wedding sounds like it was the same!

  30. July 24, 2008

    OH what a wonderful wedding! Your picture is beautiful and so romantic!

  31. July 25, 2008

    You are a gorgeous couple! Look at that dress and his tux…quite the elegant pair :)I love the invitation too. how is the project in Hebrew calligraphy coming along? That has to be challenging!

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