Weddings in the early 1920s were lightyears away from their modern counterparts, and this picture from 1921 is a great example of the huge differences. Silent film actors Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton tied the knot with a beautiful wedding at her sister’s home in Bayside, Queens Talmadge carried a bouquet of roses with long ribbon streams, a popular style of bouquet at the time.
What’s more, her sisters Constance and Norma designed the wedding gown. The wedding took place outdoors on a sunny day. Bright flowers surrounded the bride and groom. The couple would go on to live a lavish life in Beverley Hills and had two sons: Joseph and Robert.
Betty and Gerald R. Ford
Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Bloomer married Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1948 at the Grace Episcopal Church. Although most brides choose to wear white on their wedding day, Elizabeth did not. She looked absolutely beautiful in a shiny dress with a pair of pumps to match. Prior to her marriage to Gerald, she was married to a man named Willian G. Warren, but due to his personal struggles, they divorced in 1947.
The two of them delayed their marriage initially because he was running for the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the New York Times, “Jerry was running for Congress and wasn’t sure how voters might feel about his marrying a divorced ex-dancer.”
Harry and Bess Truman
On June 28, 1919, Elizabeth Virginia “Bess” Wallace married Harry Truman, who eventually would become president of the United States. As Bess grew into a young woman, she found interest in fashion and particularly enjoyed trendy hats. Harry and Bess met prior to him leaving for World War I and proposed in 1911. Unfortunately, she said no.
He decided that he wanted to be able to provide a comfortable living for her before proposing again. At their wedding, Bess wore a beautiful brimmed hat. The Trintiy Episcopal Church – where the wedding took place - was beautifully bedecked with pastel flowers and cathedral candles. The bride was a picture in a white georgette gown and a rose bouquet. The happy couple left for a long trip north immediately after the ceremony.
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
Top model Cindy Crawford married fellow model Rande Gerber in a trendy (at the time) beach wedding on May 29th, 1998. At their ceremony in the Bahamas, the laid-back wedding vibe was set with Rande in a white shirt and black pants and with Cindy in a lacey slip dress. The wedding venue was in Paradise Island. And in keeping with ultimate A-list style, nobody knew they were getting married!
But one can see the appeal of keeping things hush hush. The Gerber wedding was the very definition of a low-key beautiful beach wedding. The bride walked down the aisle barefoot, rocking effortless beachy waves for a hairstyle and carrying a bouquet of white flowers. Rumor has it that the couple slipped into their bathing suits and went for a swim right after the ceremony.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley
This may be one of the oldest dresses on our list, as it was over half a century ago since Priscilla married Elvis Presley. It's only befitting that the King of Rock 'n Roll took his partner all the way to Las Vegas instead of Graceland and got married on May 1, 1967. They held their ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel, which is where they recited their vows.
As it turns out, Priscilla designed her own dress! Now isn't that impressive?! The wedding was quite discreet and intimate for a celebrity wedding. Presley’s manager invited a few lucky members of the press for an interaction with the couple. They managed to squeeze in the press conference between the wedding ceremony and a champagne breakfast for 100 people soon after.