The beloved French cabaret singer Edith Piaf married fellow singer Jacques Pills on September 20, 1952. When Piaf first met Pills, she was in a serious relationship with cyclist, Louis Gérardin. Also a singer, Pills wanted to work with her on a song. One rehearsal led to another and before you knew it, the two announced not just a tour together but their engagement.
It was all kind of abrupt. Graceful and elegant as always, Piaf wore a simple white dress with a long-sleeved white bolero that was tied in the front. The happy singer and her new husband celebrated with some champagne and a relatively small but gorgeous wedding cake. They got married at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in New York City, and the famous German actress Marlene Dietrich was the maid of honor.
Luci Baines Johnson and Pat Nugent
American businesswoman, philanthropist, and daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson had her wedding in 1966. Her marriage to the Air National Guardsman, Pat Nugent, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was small and intimate with around 12 guests in attendance.
But there were 700 guests at the gala that followed. The event was attended by many important people and state officials the bridesmaids wore bright pink matching outfits with full-length veils (veils that were pink, too, of course.) The newlyweds then whisked themselves off to the Bahamas for a dreamy honeymoon.
Julie Andrews and Tony Walton
Julie Andrews met Tony Walton when she was 12 years old, not knowing the part he will play in her future. At the time, she was involved in a Humpty Dumpty Christmas pantomime, playing the role of an egg. Among her front-row viewers was Walton, who couldn't take his eyes off her.
They met again on the train on their way back home and became friends. Two days later, Walton showed up at her door, and the two developed a close connection. They tied the knot in 1959. Walton was Andrews’s first great love. They were married for nine years, shared one child, and collaborated on several projects together. But the two eventually divorced in 1968.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes and the Duke of York
A wedding in true British regal style, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon and the Duke of York tied the knot in Westminster Abbey on April 26th, 1923. Lady Elizabeth went on to become the Queen Mother of England, and her husband, King George VI. The future queen wore a gown that was proper for the time — a laced white dress with a long train.
The Duke of York wore the customary royal uniform. The bride decided to do something in memory of her brother, Fergus, as she walked into the Abbey. She placed her bouquet at the Tomb of The Unknown Warrior. The gesture has become tradition for royal brides ever since who now place their bouquets at the same tomb, only after the ceremony and not before it. The wedding was an opulent ceremony, but the BBC was denied its request for coverage of the event.
John Wayne and Josephine Saenz
The famous western actor of Hollywood’s Golden Age, John Wayne, dominated the silver screen during the 50s and 60s. After seven years of dating, this cowboy married Josephine Saenz, the daughter of the Consul of Panama in Los Angeles.
Since John was a presbyterian and Josephine catholic, her family wasn’t happy about the union and only allowed it after Wayne had become a big movie star. They got married in the house of actress Loretta Young, and Josephine wore a beautiful white dress paired with a bouquet of flowers and ribbons. The couple would welcome four children together. They appear happy in this photograph but ultimately did not not get their happily ever after.