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Wedding Inspiration from WW2 for the Modern Day

Wedding Inspiration from WW2 for the Modern Day

It’s been said that we learn from history. Without the past, we would have a hard time knowing where to go in the future. So it’s worthwhile to look back, to draw inspiration from the past, and allow it to help us set our eyes on the future. Today’s feature is a story created from photographer Amy Mulder looking back on her grandparents love story and crafting a modern day inspiration from it and it’s the sweetest thing ever!

from the photographer: “WWII had just ended. My grandfather came home from the war, got on a bus and met a beautiful young lady. They talked for the multiple hour bus ride and when they departed from the bus, they broke things off with their significant others and went and got married. They were always inseparable, for over 6 decades. They were such a marital inspiration to everyone around them.

For their 61st wedding anniversary they made a trip to the Palmer House again. My grandmother had found their original receipt from their honeymoon from back in the 1940s. So with receipt in hand, they arrived at the concierge desk. Palmer House upgraded them to one of their largest suites and charged my grandparents the same rate they paid on their honeymoon six decades before.

As a tribute to my grandparents and the care and attention Palmer House shows to their guests, I wanted to do a styled shoot that reflected 1940s mixed with modern day. Rachel Dickerson created these bridal looks that just brought to life the idea in my head.

We spent the day wandering through the hotel photographing its beauty and detail. The model I picked for this shoot was my niece and grandparents great grandchild. I knew from the start these had to be 100% film and 100% black and white to do it justice to the feel of the shoot.”

Photography: Amy Mulder Photography /  Venue: Palmer House – Chicago /  Stylist / Planner / Designer: Golden Style Brides /  Floral Designer: Erin McDonald Co /  Dress Boutique: Belle Custom Atelier /  Dress Designer: Rara Avis / Cake Designer: Amy Beck / Makeup Artist: Gold Plaited /  Hair Stylist: Gold Plaited / Men’s Formalwear: The Groomsman Suit /  Rentals: Halls Rentals /  Accessories / Decor: Nordstrom /  Film Lab: Richard Film Lab /  Beaded Dress: Lotus Threads


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