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Real Weddings: 1940s Black Tie Affair

By Lynn Wheatley


For this real wedding, it took a year’s worth of wedding planning and dreaming for my Bride and Groom.  One of the best times I’ve had in a long time – my Bride could “see” her vision and describe it to me in detail; hence we were able to create it the way she wanted.
Early on, she asked for 1940's decor and theme to match the grandness of The Mayo.  Guests were asked to dress Black Tie or Vintage 1940's and they were totally caught up in the theme.  There were more peplums and fascinators than you can imagine!
The Mayo Hotel is beautiful but a challenge to set up when there are FOUR separate spaces involved.  For this extravagant, over-the-top wedding, we went from ceremony to cocktails to dinner to after party changing colors and metallics along the way as well as spaces. 

Our celebrity Bride chose RED for her wedding dress color – that’s right – RED.  When the curtains parted for her entrance, I swear the entire crowd of guests let out one big “ahhhhhhhhh”.  She was drop dead gorgeous going down the aisle to her handsome groom. 
And not to be outdone, the Groom was stylish in his custom tux.
Oh, did I mention the “traveling violinist” we hired to announce the beginning of the wedding and later to lead guests from the ceremony to cocktails.  She rocked!!  And the couple's English Bulldog carried the rings down the aisle.  He was mah-va-lous.
We started with red and gold, moved to gold and champagne and ended the night with the Bride in a WHITE short dress and FEATHERS everywhere in the black, white and red Club Setting on the Mezzanine of The Mayo.  Local spin DJ Azland kept the guests on their feet and fabulous photographer Lisa Dunham created award winning movie posters of the couple as famous movie stars.  My co-conspirators, Party Pro Rents, helped create a LOUNGE for guests and the one and only OMNI lit the entire event.  For the Ceremony, the draping was spectacular due to Dwayne of Parties Plus ProductionsPenWeddings recorded the entire event for posterity.   Only the BEST for this event!

Overall, it ranks right up there as a favorite – not just because of the beautiful wedding but because of the adventuresome attitude of the Bride and Groom.  Hugs to K & J!!
Wedding Wishes . . .


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