Helen Louise Herron “Nellie” Taft first met William Howard Taft at a party. He was a young, dashing lawyer then. She was a student at a private school in D.C. with music as her passion. The two bonded over their intellectual interests, and friendship soon paved the way for love. Herron and would-be president William Howard Taft married on June 19, 1886.
The wedding ceremony took place at Nellie’s parent’s home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dress was a short-sleeved gown with her hair styled into a beautiful updo with a decorative accent. While on their honeymoon, the two visited New York City and Sea Bright, New Jersey. Following that, they traveled to Europe for a total of three months.
Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville
Alfred Hitchcock was "hitched" on December 1926 to the lovely Alma Reville at London’s Brompton Oratory. Reville was a Protestant but converted to Roman Catholicism since Hitchcock’s mother apparently insisted on it. Given the fact that the man is considered to be one of the greatest directors in history, you'd think that his wedding must have been a major production.
In reality, it was a rather simple affair followed by a quaint honeymoon in Paris. After their honeymoon, Alma and Alfred moving into a new home in London where their life as a married couple began. The two were kindred spirits, especially in their shared love for films.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
Tommy Mottola was at a party when someone slipped him a demo tape. On listening, he wanted to turn the car around, head back to the party, and track the unnamed singer down! The voice on the tape belonged to an 18-year-old Mariah Carey. Soon, their professional partnership took off and so did their romance. In 1993, Carey and Mottola walked down the aisle. He was 43 and she was 23.
While Mariah Carey has had a few relationships since tying the knot with Tommy Mottola, we still wanted to take a look back at the notable dress she wore. Her Vera Wang dress was inspired by Princess Diana's classic wedding gown, giving Mariah a billowing skirt, off-the-shoulder puff sleeves, and a 27-foot-long train. If that wasn't enough, the singer also wore a 10-foot veil and bedazzled tiara to complete her over-the-top look.
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis first met in the 1950s at a press event. The connection was instant and the couple’s relationship developed swiftly. They fell in love and battled many odds, many times butting heads with the industry to safeguard their relationship. For instance, Universal offered Curtis a neat sum of money to marry Piper Laurie – a move deemed essential to boost his career.
But no amount of cash would keep him from Leigh. The 1950s It Couple, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh walked down the aisle in 1951. This was a wedding where Jerry Lewis was the best man so you can imagine the star power in the room. While it was iconic, it was a relatively intimate wedding with a small layered cake and a few floral centerpieces.
Mamie Doud and Dwight Eisenhower
Geneva "Mamie" Doud, who was only 19 at the time, married Dwight Eisenhower on July 1st, 1916. At the time of their marriage, Dwight was 25 and a lieutenant in the Army. The two wed at Mamie’s parents’ home in Denver, Colorado. Following the wedding, the two enjoyed their honeymoon at a resort nearby. Life after marriage was a succession of army postings in the United States and duties overseas.
From France and the Panama Canal Zone to the Philippines, the Eisenhowers were constantly on the move. This continued until 1953 when the couple reached the pinnacle of their efforts. Eisenhower was inaugurated as President of the United States. The stayed happily married and content until Eisenhower’s death in 1969.