Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Vintage Weddings

This wedding shot by Natalie Moser has me in a tizzy. In many ways, it reminds me of my own 1930s inspired wedding, but only way more stylish. Amber Events designed this wedding to the nines, and it’s chock full of simply beautiful ideas. Julian and Summer (a girl after my own heart) were recently married at the fantastic Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, and made it completely their own. In addition to bringing in dancing pinup models and cigar girls, the couple had their own stage made for their ceremony and for the swing band!


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

From the photographer, Natalie Moser: To say that this is couple is creative is an understatement: Summer, a costumer, and Julian, a writer, both love historic Los Angeles and vintage Americana and wanted to show their friends and family the LA that they love. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Marvimon House, a former Italian racecar showroom, and their guests were surprised by a retro slideshow by humorist Charles Phoenix. The day after brunch was held at the Oviatt Penthouse, the “castle in the sky”.


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The Western Union telegram programs below bring me back great memories of my own wedding. Here’s my post on DIY telegrams. I included an editable envelope download to go with it.

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
1930s wedding bridal party

vintage postcard guest sign in
Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The wedding itself was held in the most beautiful art deco building in Los Angeles: Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building. As guests entered they typed a message on Julian’s childhood typewriter or wrote a postcard and “mailed” it in the old mailbox. The programs passed out were based on old Western Union telegrams that told the guests what was happening when. If anyone is familiar with Cicada you are aware that there is not a normally a stage in there–we commissioned an elaborate one to be built on which Julian & Summer could first have their ceremony then have our 13 piece swing band perform for the reception. Summer wore her hair in an old fashioned pin-up style with a birdcage veil and little strawberries pinned in it, and Julian wore a tie that Summer made for him: a peek-a-boo tie with a pin-up photo of herself and their dog Archie! The tie was such a hit that Summer decided to open up her own Etsy shop: The Peek-a-Boo Tie Shop.



Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
flower girl crown
flower girl wands
Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

During the cocktail hour the guest went to the bar upstairs as the staff flipped the space from ceremony to reception. A jazz trio played next to the baby Grand Piano and guests found their escort cards pinned to vintage dress forms. The reception evening unfolded with surprises for the guests with a vintage dress up photobooth, the Satin Dollz pin-up dancers, vintage cigarette girls passing out party favors, and even our gorgeous bride Summer changing into a little sailor outfit to serenade her new husband!


Oviatt Art Deco wedding
Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Natalie Moser / Wedding Planning and Design: Amber Events / Wedding Cinematography: Isabel Gonzalez / Officiant: David Teitelbaum / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Music: No Vacancy Orchestra / Desserts: Fantasy Frostings / Bride’s Hair: Stephen Ratliff / Bride’s Makeup: Alix Druckman / Entertainment: Satin Dollz Pinup Dancers and Ron Rubin Events / Vintage Photobooth: Paper Moon Vintage / Stationery: Emily Rose Papers and Zenadia Designs / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Stage Construction: Joseph Edelson

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8 comments
  1. Michaela @ Hey Look

    this is seriously awesome! i love the styling, the cake, the flower arrangements (!). beautiful wedding.

  2. RentMyChurch

    beautiful – loved all the special details!

  3. elizabeth

    they look like they had a lot of fun! the pictures are great.

  4. lydia {ever ours}

    love the old school feel and the pinup girls too!

  5. Jillian Nicole

    Absolutely amazing! I love their ceremony space with that gorgeous chandelier!

  6. Amber Events

    Thank you, Ruffled, for featuring this fabulous wedding!!! The “A Team” of vendor did an incredible job!

  7. Plain Graces

    I am in awe! I don’t know where to begin- love the telegram, cigar girls, decor, everything!

    We are looking for some unique ideas and I think this takes the cake!

  8. Calie Rose

    The little flower girl halo’s and wands are beautiful. Love the flair and personality of this event! The the burgundy, purple, and red color palette…so rich and striking. Specially love the flowers grouped in the centerpieces, looks like a fun event!

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