Early 1940s, the world was at war and rationing was in place. Bridal gowns became more understated with most simply wearing their best skirt suit and if they wore a bridal gown it was often shorter as fabric was also rationed. Some thrifty brides even made their own gowns out of the silk parachute brought home by their sweetheart from the battlefield. Opulent church weddings with several guests became a thing of the past as most couples married in haste in a simple but elegant registry office.
This shoot was created for our first issue of The Vintage and Handmade Bride and photographed by Luke Going Photography. Our location was the actual office that General MacArthur was situated in right here in Brisbane during WWII. This amazingly preserved office is part of the MacArthur Museum in the city and is well worth the visit for all of you history buffs!
The dessert table was inspired by the ‘mend and make do’ attitude of the war years. Our dessert table decor featured every day items repurposed – such as vintage tea tins, silver teapots, wooden boxes and a jumble of cake plates, trays and stands.
Homemade lemon curd in individual jars and custard kisses biscuits wrapped in vintage hankies featured as favours and were made from traditional recipes – nothing says ‘thank you’ to your guests like a handmade favour from the heart.
The bride’s gown is a simple silk crepe knee length dress created from an original 1940s day dress design. A cascade of pastel flowers created quite an opulent floral feature in contrast to the simplicity of the location.
PHOTOTGRAPHY: Luke Going Photography
STYLING, PROPS & FAVOURS: My Darling Heart HAIR: La Bella Brides MAKEUP: Powder Me Makeup Studio BRIDE’S DRESS: Silver Sixpence BRIDE’S VEIL: Shut the Front Door STATIONERY: Hermia’s Wishes BOUQUET: Elyssium Blooms SCONES, MINI PAVLOVAS & FOOD STYLING: The Cake Couturier by Sprinkles Etc VENUE: MacArthur Museum, Brisbane