Her Pilot, Her Love – 1940’s Aviation Styled Wedding
How romantic would it be to have your love also be a pilot who can whisk you away to an exotic, romantic destination for your honeymoon or for any reason at all?!
The center of this elopement was the photographers best friend’s grandfather’s yellow 1940’s Piper Cub plane. There are several pilots in the Harrelson family and they have a history of long marriages. What a combined inspiration for a beautiful elopement!
The colour pallette was chosen around the colour of the airplane; pastel yellow, blue and pink. Of course a tea length gown true to the era was in order as well as a period dress for the bridesmaid and suspenders for the groom and best man. Hair and make up true to the ’40’s was a must, of course!
Many elements had been put into place by the time the styled shoot team brought the planner, Magnolia Affairs, on board but she up scaled the elopement with her amazing tablescapes and additional details. As luck would have it, her husband is also a pilot. The florist really enhanced the elopement by integrating family heirlooms into the shoot (travel case, hat and mirror). The photographer, Torianna, says she was truly moved by this personal touch.
Words from the planner, Magnolia Affairs:
“Our photographer, Torianna Brooke, put together a wonderful inspiration board full of pastel, 40s inspired attire. In addition Brooke had found a wonderful 1940s J3 Piper Cub airplane. That is where I drew most of my inspiration from as my husband (Travis, the muscles of Magnolia Affairs) has spent his entire life around airplanes. He has even previously flown a J3 Cub. (Yes, my hubby has his pilots license!) He has also volunteered at Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine working on antique airplanes. So, to say that it was fate that Brooke found us is an understatement!”
“When he described the plane as the “working man’s” plane I knew I wanted to the theme to be “rustic vintage.” This includes wonderful antique china, soft patterned linens and a tea length wedding dress. Antique styled furniture that coordinated with the tables was the perfect accent for the group shots. 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.”
“The perfect location for this was the home airfield of the plane used in the event. It launch “Our greatest adventure yet” theme that accompanied the 40s theme. This is showcased in the suitcases that are seen throughout the shoot, the maps that are seen everywhere from the guestbook to the cake , the cuff links featuring the silhouette of our plane, the luggage tags as favors which also feature the plane’s silhouette, the paper suite and various decor throughout the event. Aviators on the men and red lipstick on the girls perfectly blended the eras.”
“Special pieces in this shoot include: a leather jacket that was given to Travis by his father, A train case owned by Terry’s grandmother, a custom created hat (by Dakotah of Jardinière) that replicated the style found in the 40s. Various aviation themed items found at local antique shops around the Savannah area was also included.”
Words From The Florists, Jardiniere Events:
TERRY SIMMONS: “The 1940s is, quite possibly, my favorite era of our recent history — a time when the events of the world inspired the “greatest generation.” A world at war posed some unusual scenarios for weddings, with many hastily planned prior to “shipping out,” relegating florists to use whatever they had on hand.”
DAKOTAH TERRACE: “If you take a look at wedding photographs from that era, you’ll see cascading bouquets full of ferns and other greenery, as well as ribbon streamers and bows, reminiscent of the oversized, grandiose bouquets of the 1920s. You can distinctly see how the Great Depression and World War II impacted floral design, with 1940s weddings ushering in a more modest design aesthetic.”
TERRY: “It is wonderful that so many of the flowers used in weddings of the past are still readily available in the floral market of today. 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.”
DAKOTAH: “We did incorporate more modern floral choices as well, such as hydrangea, thistle, garden roses, and craspedia. The beautiful yellow airplane and vintage blue train case (originally belonging to Terry’s grandmother) dictated our color choices.”
TERRY: “Modern conveniences, such as refrigeration, allow us more freedom in design. I remember working with a florist who had a shop in the late 1940s, and he spoke of opening the doors at 4:00 AM to create bouquets that would last through the day.”
DAKOTAH: “Working on this shoot was a wonderful experience, and a great reminder that trends in weddings and wedding flowers often resurface as classic and traditional choices never go out of style.”
Photography: Torianna Brooke Photography // Venue: Swaids Field // Event Designer: Magnolia Affairs // Linens & Coverings: BBJ Linens // Beauty: The Blushing Belle // Bakery: The Topiary // Invitation Designer: Interprintations // Floral Designer: Jardiniere Events // Rentals: Event Works Rentals // Handmade Goods Designer: Arrowhead Leatherwork // Dress Store: Modern Trousseau Savannah // Jewellery: Kristen Baird Jewelry // Veils & Headpieces: Adele Amelia // Models: Katelyn Womack, Hannah Lee Yoder, Atausch Nevigton & Ethan Garard // Other: The Harrelson’s Piper Cub