Vintage snack: An officer and a bride


There is something about a man in uniform and a sword that makes him dashing. Helena's parents' wedding was in 1979 in classic style. The long sleeves, the baby's breath, tons of lace, and the flower in her hair are so delicate and lovely.

Here is what Helena had to say about her submission:

These are four pictures from my parents' wedding. They got married in 1979. None of their families had a lot of money, so my mother's dress was borrowed and my dad got married in his Navy uniform, the only suit he owned. I know it made them kind of sad at the time, but I always tell them, "Are you freaking kidding me?! The wedding dress is so beautiful it could be worn even nowadays and not look outdated.

And my dad looks like an officer and a gentleman with the sword by his side, the gloves, and the hat. They got married in my mom's small village, where the first and second pictures were taken. In one of them, you can see our car (a Fiat 127, the EL-88-79) in which they drove off to their honeymoon. We had that car until I was twelve. I chose the close-up photo so you can see the top of the dress without the lace coat which served as a train. The bouquet was made with flowers from my great-grandfather's garden. The buttons on the sleeves and the lace are so beautiful!


A soldier and his bride. It's like a scene from a movie.


And the close-up of the dress and flower. Oh, those covered buttons. So much work, but so lovely.

Do you have vintage wedding photos hidden away? Email me! Try to include as much info as you know about the photo, plus your Tribe or personal URL, if you have one.

  1. Love, love, love it. My parents got married in 1979 too :).

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  2. Oooh, I love, love, love the vintage snacks, especially when you get details about the way things were, largely because it reminds you that most of our "wedding traditions" that MUST BE DONE are modern inventions –and that people had lovely, happy weddings before anyone thought of those traditions.

    It's the same reason that I adore Miss Manners Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding. Miss Manners has been there and done that, and she's also done her research, and she won't stand for any nonsense about "traditions" made up yesterday by your florist, or traditions that made sense for an 17-year-old girl who lived with her parents in in 1870, but don't make too much sense to impose on a 28-year-old woman who is living with her fiancee.

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  3. I was just thinking of posting some of my parent's wedding photos. Your folks' photos are great!! I love it!!

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  4. Your dad was so handsome! He's making the 'tache work for him. And I love the idea of a lace coat as bridal train. Your mom looked lovely in her dress, borrowed or not.

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  5. She looks SO much like Rachel McAdams! Beautiful!

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  6. OMG your parents they have BEAUTIFUL wedding photos! I love that dress, and your dad looked dashing! You have some beautiful parents :)

    They look so classy!!

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  7. I seriously didn't know it was possible to swoon over a vintage snack, until now.
    Thanks for making my Friday!!!!

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  8. Gorgeous photos! Love the uniform!
    My parents were married in '79 too. They'd only been together 5mths!

    I have some lovely photos dotted around my office from Mum's first wedding in 74/75. She was about 19. She made all the dresses & has a gorgeous wide brimmed hat. The groom wore a white suit & clogs! My fave pic has her flanked with my grandparents but there's also one of her with her Grandad. :)

    60s/70s wedding photos are so sweet.

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  9. LOVE this!! My parents got married in 78 and my mom's dress was very similair with the baby's breath and all! Your Dad is so cool! My dad was a nerd in a brown ruffle-tux lol But they did have the same 'stache!

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