Beloved American actress, dancer, and singer Ginger Rogers lit up the big screen during the 30s and 40s. She and Fred Astaire were the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but they were only a couple on the screen. In real life, Ginger married her second husband, Lew Ayres, in 1934, after the two of them met a year earlier on the set of “Don’t Bet on Love.”
Ginger wore a gorgeous lace dress and a classy wide-brimmed veil hat. The wedding cake had a similar-looking doll figure of her on the top. Sadly, the couple separated less than two years later.
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.
Ingrid Bergman and Petter Lindstrom
The famous Swedish star of "Casablanca," Ingrid Bergman, married Dr. Petter Lindstrom on July 10th, 1937. Lindstrom was a dentist that later became a neurosurgeon, and Bergman was at the height of her film career. Bergman wore a beautiful headdress, and the couple held the flower bouquet together.
The marriage lasted thirteen years, until 1950 when Bergman had an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, whom she later married and had three children with. The affair would enmesh the couple in a media storm. A frenzied moralistic debate ensued. Most reports were sympathetic to Lindstrom and unleashed vitriol on Bergman for abandoning her husband and daughter to run off to Italy.
Queen Elizabeth II and Philip the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth and first crossed paths at the wedding of Prince George, Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. It seemed fitting for the two to meet at a wedding given their epic love story to come. On 9 July 1947, they officially announced their engagement. A young Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in 1957 at a grand ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
The church was decorated with white roses and camellias, and the Queen selected three different types of British orchids for her bouquet. She wore a beautiful gown with flowers sewn on the neckline and the famous Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, which was later seen on other royal brides like Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice. Prince Phillip wore the traditional uniform. The Queen went on to reign the UK for an astonishing 70 years.