Aug 18, 2018
1940s inspired aviation shoot with pastel yellows, blue and pinks located at a private airfield in Springfield, Georgia
It’s not often that a shoot is centered around a piece of transportation, but when the photographer found out her best friend’s grandfather owned a 1940’s Piper Club plane, she knew it had to be featured.
The airfield location for the shoot inspired a merging of two themes: Travel with a vintage 1940’s feel. The pastel blues and pinks complemented the bright yellows of the featured aviation plane and tied the whole look together.
From the very start, the invitation suite played to the style perfectly. It featured soft blue images of a compass and the silhouette of a plane. The suite was tied together with a map lining the deep yellow envelopes. It flawlessly combined the shoot’s color scheme with the vintage travel theme.
The theme then continued into every little detail of wedding day. From the attire to the tablescape to little things like the guest favors. Starting with the ceremony space.
The ceremony was set right in front of the yellow plane with whitewashed oval back chairs. There was a pale yellow and pink floral wreath hanging off the door of the plane and a trio of vintage clocks wrapped with greenery hanging off a wing for some extra vintage flare.
Before guests took their seats, they stopped to drop their cards off in the blue vintage suitcase and sign the guestbook. The globe guestbook was painted black and had the words, “Our adventure begins,”written on it. The rest of the table was accented with more vintage suitcases, an old school map and luggage tag favors imprinted with a silhouette of the plane on it. Talk about on point details!
The groom took his spot right in front of the plane wearing grey dress pants and suspenders over a classic white dress shirt and a pale yellow bowtie. He had a matching pale yellow boutonniere that helped add an extra pop of color to his look – and match the backdrop behind him! What you might not be able to see were the on theme cufflinks that added the perfect little touch.
The groomsman stood next to the groom in a matching look, but wearing a soft blue bowtie instead. Opposite the men was the bridesmaid in a knee length soft blue dress holding a small cascading bouquet.
Just then, the bride appeared and started her way down the aisle. She had a vintage, strapless tea-length dress. In true 1940’s fashion, she sported red lipstick, winged eyeliner and a pinned updo. She carried a larger version of the bridesmaid’s bouquet that was the perfect finishing touch to her look.
After the ceremony, the group and then the couple took some time taking pictures around the various set ups, each spot more perfect than the last. For starters, there was the plane – duh – and then there was also a loveseat set up across the field that was the coziest little spot for pictures.
“Antique styled furniture was the perfect accent for the group shots,”said the shoot’s planner. “Lounge furniture is a trend that I will always be in love with to create a cozy and more intimate setting at any size event.”
In addition to the different photo spots, the group styled some different accessories to create different looks, all of which were theme oriented. From the bride’s custom-made Pillbox hat and birdcage veil, to the groom’s aviator sunglasses and brown leather bomber jacket, it was all on point.
Meanwhile, the finishing touches were put on the reception tables. There were two different set ups, both equally as beautiful.
The first look had a blush patterned linen over the square table. The place settings featured a gold rimmed acrylic charge and drinking glass. The charger was topped with a dinner plate, salad plate combo separated by a blush napkin. The china had a blush and gold vintage pattern, and the gold silverware was the icing on top of the cake.
In the center of the table was a trio of blush tapered candles in vintage gold candlestick holders surrounded by a lush floral arrangement in a wide color palette.
“Elements such as stephanotis, carnations, orchids and plumosa fern, which were used so much in the 1940s and are available to us still, were paramount in creating the ‘vintage’ feel of the flowers for this particular photoshoot,”explained the shoot’s florist.
The second look featured the same centerpiece but had a soft blue linen draping the table instead. There were white chargers topped with a blue and gold patterned vintage dinner plate and a champagne colored pocket folded napkin. Inside the napkin was an on-theme menu card that tied back to the invitation suite.
Last, but certainly not least in our book, was the cake. The four tiered cake was displayed in a lace lined vintage suitcase and was surrounded by flowers. The bottom and middle tiers had a map printed on it, while the middle teal was blue and the top tier was cream. It was accented with golden yellow ribbon for the finishing touch.
In the end, the couple ended the day relaxing with their bridal party and enjoying refreshing cocktails. We definitely felt the love in the air with this 1940’s-inspired shoot!
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